Predicting the 5 major NHL Award winners from 2022-23

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 23: Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers talks with Connor McDavid #97 during a line change in the first period during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on February 23, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 23: Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers talks with Connor McDavid #97 during a line change in the first period during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on February 23, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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Nico Hischier #13, New Jersey Devils
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Selke Trophy

The Selke Trophy goes to the NHL’s top defensive forward throughout the year.

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A lot of people just assume that Patrice Bergeron is going to win it again, and he very well might. However, he is not the one that deserves it in 2022-23. He will be nominated for sure, but Nico Hischier of the New Jersey Devils should be the one who takes it home this year.

He has all of the advanced metrics suggesting that he should take it in addition to the fact that his faceoff percentage is really high and his point total is amazing.

It is an award for the best defensive forward, but everyone knows that they vote for the best defensive forward that also has a ton of points. Well, Hischier has 80.

Without Hischier, the New Jersey Devils would not be where they are right now. Jack Hughes is the catalyst offensively as he had 99 points this year, but they complement each other so well as a two-headed monster.

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Hischier is going to be in this Selke Trophy conversation every year no matter what because of what he does at both ends of the ice. Hopefully, this is the year that he gets his first because he deserves it the most.