NHL: Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers wins the Selke Trophy

Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov won the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward.

Barkov, who helped his team reach the Eastern final, had 23 goals and 57 assists in 73 games.

Since the start of his career, he has scored 266 goals and added 445 assists in 711 games.

This trophy is awarded by the Professional Association of Hockey Journalists (PHWA). Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes were the other finalists.

This is the second time this honor has been given to Barkov, who also finished first in voting in 2021.

The 28-year-old center received 156 of 194 first-place votes from members of the Professional Association of Hockey Journalists. He was on all but two ballots.

Barkov’s work helped the Panthers take first place in the league in goals allowed per game (2.41), the lowest in Panthers history.

He maintained a 57.3% success rate for faceoffs in 1,100 chances. This is the ninth best percentage among players who played at least 50 points and made at least 500 faceoffs.

Barkov helped the Panthers (52-24-6) finish first in the Atlantic Division this season and secure their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fifth straight campaign. They will face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.

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