Draper makes most of opportunities

It has taken a career offensive season to finally get Kris Draper consideration for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

Updated: February 25, 2004, 2:26 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Detroit center Kris Draper has been a great defensive forward for many years, but it has taken a career offensive season to finally get him widespread consideration for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

Needing to score is just the accepted irony and comes with the territory of competing for the annual award given to the league's top defensive forward, said Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis.

Kris Draper
Kris Draper is enjoying a remarkable offensive season, with a career-high 24 goals.
"Yeah, that's how it has to happen though," Lewis said Tuesday afternoon before Detroit lost 4-2 to Vancouver at GM Place. "That's the process in this league, you have to score goals to get recognition and then they talk about you and identify how great a defensive player you are. But you're scoring goals. I think that's sort of like the Norris Trophy (for best defenseman) too."