Handicapping the Selke race

Patrice Bergeron is the favorite to take home the Selke Trophy, which would be his third in four years. Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports

Hockey analytics pioneer Rob Vollman is ESPN Insider's armchair GM this season, exploring how modern statistics can inform front-office decisions.

After revealing my insight on how five of the major NHL award races would play out, let's explore who will be in the mix for the Selke Trophy this season.

The Selke was first introduced to recognize players just like the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, and it's his to lose once again this season. There are a number of strong candidates building a case to postpone the trip to the engravers, most notably three former winners: Jonathan Toews, Ryan Kesler and Pavel Datsyuk.

Which player is the greatest threat to dethrone Bergeron?