Bergeron deserves to be Selke finalist

BOSTON -- The Bruins' Patrice Bergeron is given consideration every season for the Frank J. Selke Award, which is awarded to the best defensive forward in the NHL.

Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler won it in 2011 after Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk was honored in the previous three seasons. How Bergeron has not won the Selke is a mystery.

Brian Rolston, who recently returned to Boston for his second career stint here, played with Bergeron during his rookie season in 2003-2004. Bergeron was 18 that season, and now at 26 he’s considered a seasoned veteran.

Overall this season, Bergeron has 20 goals and 38 assists for 58 points in 76 games. He also boasts a plus-33 rating, which leads the NHL.

There’s no reason why Bergeron should not be a Selke finalist this season, and Rolston talked about his teammate Thursday morning: