The National Hockey League has announced the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy on Monday, which recognizes"the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." This award is voted on annually by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
It was four seasons ago when Bergeron won his last Selke Trophy in the 2016-17 season, where he put up 21 goals and registered 32 assists for 53 points in 79 games played.
This season was another very productive year for Bergeron in Boston, where he scored his sixth-career 30-goal season (31), while also posting 25 assists for 56 points in 61 games. He was on pace to set a career-high in goals this season with 37, while also registering 30 assists for 67 points in a possible 73 games playing with linemates David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.
In his 16-year career with the Bruins, Bergeron has played in 1,089 games, while scoring 352 goals and adding 517 assists for 869 points.
The 27-year-old center for the Flyers continues to become one of the most reliable forwards in the league with his play the defensive zone. Couturier ended up finishing the season with 22 goals and 37 assists for 59 points in 69 games, which is a pace of 26 goals, 44 assists and 70 points in a complete 82-game schedule.
Since coming into the NHL as a 19-year-old in the 2011-12 season, Couturier has developed into a phenomenal two-way center in Philadelphia. In 647 career games, all with the Flyers, Couturier has scored 156 goals and amassed 246 assists for 402 points.
Overall, the Flyers returned to playoff shape this season after missing out on the postseason in the 2018-19 season. This season saw Philadelphia go 41-21-7 in 69 games and finish second in the Metropolitan Division behind just the Washington Capitals.
In his first season in St. Louis, O'Reilly ended up finishing the regular season with 28 goals and 49 assists for 77 points in 82 games. That play not only earned him the Selke Trophy in 2019, but it carried over into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he put up eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 26 games to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy and help the Blues win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
This season was another brilliant year for O'Reilly with 12 goals and 49 assists for 61 points in 71 games played. Although he was on pace to score just 14 goals this season, he was set to break his career-high in assists with 57, which would have gotten him past the 70-point mark for a second-consecutive season.
O'Reilly is also up for the Lady Byng Trophy this season as "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." It's the fourth time he's been a finalist for the award, where he won the honor back in the 2013-14 season as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
The Hart Trophy, given "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," is the final award the league will name their finalists for on Tuesday.