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Islanders 2021 end-of-year fan vote awards results

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 16: NHL trophies and awards are displayed at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in advance of the 2019 NHL Awards on June 16, 2019 in Las Vegas. Nevada. The 2019 NHL Awards will be held on June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 16: NHL trophies and awards are displayed at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in advance of the 2019 NHL Awards on June 16, 2019 in Las Vegas. Nevada. The 2019 NHL Awards will be held on June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 15: Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the New York Islanders looks on during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on April 15, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Selke Trophy

Mid-Season Winner: Pageau (44.4%)
End of Year Winner: Pageau (41.5%)

Was there ever a question that Jean-Gabriel Pageau would win the Selke for the Islanders? If every team were allowed to submit a name for the awards you have to believe the Islanders would have JG on that ballot.

Pageau starts an overwhelming number of his shifts in the D-zone for the Isles (61.7%) and still manages to put up production. He’s got 14 goals on the year, a pace that would have seen him pop 21 goals in a full season. That’s not a career-high, but hitting 20 goals wasn’t something any believed he could do when the Islanders acquired him from Ottawa.

A big help in allowing him (and his line) to generate so much offense from a defensive position is his incredible 56.7% efficiency in faceoffs. For players who took 500+ draws Pageau ranks eighth in the NHL. When it comes to the D-zone, Pageau howls a 57.2% efficiency which is fourth for players who took 300+ D-zone draws.

I know that this award is usually given to the player with the best CF%, and that’s not Pageau. His 45.68 5on5 CF% ranks in the bottom half for Islanders forwards. But I think there’s more nuance to being the best defensive forward outside of just having a good on-ice shot share.

This is Pageau’s award and I’m glad you all agree with me on that.

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