Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk probably won’t win the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward tonight, but he’s in Las Vegas to attend the NHL Awards (airing at 7 PM EDT on NBCSN and on tape delay at 8 on the CBC) anyway.
David Backes is the favorite to win given that Datsyuk missed a dozen games recovering from knee surgery, and while we haven’t heard too much from him in terms of media appearances, but he reminded us why…Let’s say Wings fans might be going nuts (arguing about Darren Helm‘s value and Henrik Zetterberg‘s likely status as the Wings’ next captain? Must be the solstice, and the 11-and-change days till UFA Day) right now, offering an eloquent observation to ESPN’s Scott Burnside:
Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, nominated once again for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the game’s top defensive forward, still isn’t used to the idea that he’ll report to training camp and not see No. 5 Nicklas Lidstrom in the dressing room. He joked that it’s all a bad dream.