NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pavel Datsyuk was among the three finalists for the Frank Selke Trophy Wednesday, giving the Detroit Red Wings center a chance to become the first player in 30 years to win the award in four straight seasons.
Centers Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks were also nominated for the Selke, which will be presented June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas to the best defensive forward during the regular season.
Datsyuk, who ranked 11th in the league in takeaways despite being limited to 56 games due to injury, tied for second on the Red Wings with a plus-11 rating and was the team's top faceoff man with a 54.6 percent winning percentage.
Kesler, a Selke finalist for the third straight year, was fourth among NHL forwards in blocked shots, had a team-high 65 takeaways and posted a plus-24 rating playing for a Canucks team that had the league's lowest goals-against average.
Blackhawks captain Toews, a first-time finalist for the award, led the league with a 56.7 faceoff winning percentage and was second in second overall with 95 takeaways.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Julian Linden)