At the beginning of February I picked Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks as the Selke Trophy leader. He has been out with a concussion since the middle of February, thus he is no longer my pick. I think the best defensive forward in the league so far this year has been Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.
Bergeron is tied for the NHL lead with a +33 +/- rating. He plays against tough competition, spends significant time killing penalties and gets as many defensive zone starts as any Bruin forward. He is a key cog of the Bruins defence. I think he has had more defensive value to his team than any other forward this season.
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