St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly became a first-time winner of the Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who made the biggest defensive impact, on Wednesday.
He beat out Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and Vegas Golden Knights winger Mark Stone for the award.
Winning the Selke Trophy along with the Conn Smythe Trophy puts O'Reilly in exclusive company, per Sportsnet Stats:
O'Reilly, 28, scored 28 goals and 49 assists in 2018-19, posting a plus-minus of plus-22.
Sean Leahy of NBC Sports praised O'Reilly's ability to produce on both ends of the ice:
"He was once again strong in the face-off circle with a 56.9 percent success rate, posted a 53.44 Corsi percent, his best since the 2013 NHL season, and had a 2.82 Corsi relative percentage. The Blues had a 93.39 percent on-ice save percentage when O'Reilly was out there at even strength and his 42.53 expected goals against percentage led the team's forwards."
Corsi rating is a measurement of shot attempt differential at even strength.
Bergeron, 33, is a four-time winner of the award, tied for the most in NHL history with Bob Gainey. He was once again superb in the 2018-19 season, registering 32 goals, 47 assists and posting a plus-minus of plus-23. He had a faceoff win percentage of 56.6 percent and a Corsi rating of 56.77 percent.
Stone also put his best foot forward in 2018-19 to put him in contention for his first Selke Award. He scored 33 goals and 40 assists, posting a plus-minus of plus-13. He led the NHL with 122 takeaways and posted a 52.99 percent Corsi rating.
He was attempting to become the rare winger to claim the award, but O'Reilly earned the honor over him.