Jere Lehtinen vs Derek Sanderson
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12-18-2009, 01:32 PM
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Location: Orillia, Ontario
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Point totals are not irrelevant when discussing the Selke Trophy. In many years, The voters have voted on that trophy as if it were a two way trophy instead of just a defensive trophy.
Otherwise guys like Ron Francis, Doug Gilmour or Rod Brind Amour would never have won the trophy. They were very good defensively, but in their times, there were several players who focused solely on defense who were better. Those players are often overlooked in favor of more two way defensive players.
But transition game Defense to offense, tight checking while remaining an offensive threat, etc, to me are worthy of note for the Selke too.
I didn't say points totals were irrelevent when discussing the Selke Trophy - I said they are irrelevant when discussing defensive play, which means they should be irrelevant for the Selke.
The Selke very rarely goes to the best defensive player.
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