Marner says it would be “cool to win” the Selke Trophy: report

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Mitchell marner is best known for his offense with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but said he would win the Selke Trophy as the best defensive striker in the NHL.

“The award I think would be really cool to win and be recognized for the Selke,” Marner told Connor Carrick Podcast Wednesday. “The names that are still in the Selke are guys that everyone is afraid of on the ice. Guys you know you’re going to play against them and it’s going to [stink]. “

Marner scored 67 points (16 goals, 51 assists) and had more than 6 in 59 games before the NHL season break on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus. Last season, he established career highs in the NHL with 26 goals, 68 assists, 94 points and a plus-22 rating.

Marner has 291 points (83 goals, 208 assists) in 300 NHL games over four seasons, averaging 0.97 points per game, 21st in the NHL over that period (minimum 200 games).

The 23-year-old has become a reliable punishment killer for the Maple Leafs this season, leading Toronto attackers in shorthanded ice time (129: 44) and shorthanded ice time per game (2: 12). He is ninth in the NHL with 64 takeouts, second behind the Maple Leafs Auston Matthewsit’s 78.

St. Louis Blues Center Ryan O’Reilly won the Selke Trophy last season for the first time. Boston Bruins center Patrice bergeron won the trophy, which is voted for by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, four times since 2011-12, and the Los Angeles Kings Center Anze Kopitar has won it twice in the past four seasons.

The last wing to win the Selke Trophy was Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars in 2003, his third. Bob Gainey won it in the first four seasons (1978-81), and Craig Ramsay (1985) and Dirk Graham (1991) won the trophy once each.

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