NHL notebook: Last year's Selke trio nominated again
Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron (left) trips Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening (41) during NHL play at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
Last year’s Selke Trophy finalists are back again this season.
Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews return as the nominees for the award that is given “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”
Bergeron, a Selke finalist for the fourth straight season, led the league in faceoffs (1,951) and faceoff wins (1,175) and winning percentage (60.2%). He won the Selke twice, last season and in 2012.
Kopitar was the Kings leader among forwards in icetime (19:23) and helped Los Angeles to fourth overall in team defence with 2.40 goals per game.
Toews, who took home the award in 2013, helped the Blackhawks tie for the fewest goals against in the NHL while earning a career-best plus-30, good for fifth overall. He was also fourth in face-off wins (947) and sixth in face-off winning percentage (56.5%).
SABRES INK COLLEGE FORWARD
The Buffalo Sabres signed free agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Rodrigues recently finished his senior season at Boston University, recording 21 goals and 61 points while helping the Terriers advance to the final of the NCAA championship tournament.
An assistant captain of the 2014-15 Terriers squad, the 21-year-old ranked second in the nation in assists per game (0.98) and in total points (61). His four points (three goals, one assist) in two games earned him Most Outstanding Player of Northeast Regional and All-Regional Team honours in the NCAA tournament.
“Evan is a very talented young player who has displayed exceptional growth during his four years at BU,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said in a statement. “We look forward to adding another talented piece to our group.”
In his four seasons at BU, Rodrigues amassed 121 points (42 goals, 79 assists) in 146 games played.
Prior to his collegiate career, the Etobicoke, Ont., native played two seasons with the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
PREDS CALL UP NINE
The Nashville Predators recalled nine players from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
Goaltenders Marek Mazanec and Magnus Hellberg; defensemen Joe Piskula, Anthony Bitetto and Johan Alm; and forwards Rich Clune, Colton Sissons, Viktor Arvidsson and Austin Watson were called up.
The players will be joined in Nashville by Milwaukee head coach Dean Evason and assistant coach Stan Drulia.
After playing Games 3 and 4 on the road in Chicago, the Nashville Predators return home to Bridgestone Arena for Game 5 Thursday night -- down 3-1 in the best-of-seven playoff series to the Blackhawks.
On Tuesday night, defenseman Brent Seabrook scored the winning goal one minute into the third overtime as the Blackhawks beat the Predators 3-2.