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Anthony Cirelli
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Anthony Cirelli
Tampa Bay Lightning
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Tampa Bay Lightning

Although Anthony Cirelli isn't a finalist for the Selke Trophy, a nomination might be in his future.

Cirelli is 23-years-old and you typically have to develop something of a long-term reputation before you attract a lot of Selke attention. That said, Cirelli is certainly trending in that direction. He finished 11th in Selke Trophy voting in 2019 and while we don't know the 2020 results yet, it wouldn't be surprising if he found some supporters again. “It can be a reputation award but it’s also a consistency award. You have to consistently play at that high level to be thrown in the conversation first,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “You look at the guys who have won the award, and that’s what’s happened. Guys that are trying to make names for themselves, at times, have to wait for those other other guys to get a little bit older. At this young age … if he keeps playing the way he is he will be in that conversation for years to come.” That said, there are some areas Cirelli will probably need to improve on before he breaks into the top-three. His faceoff percentage is a big one. Cirelli was actually a negative in that regard in 2019-20 with a 47.5% success rate. Selke Trophy winners also tend to be effective offensively despite the defensive focus of the award, so Cirelli's 16 goals and 44 points in 68 contests this season might be a knock against him. Jul 22 9:49 am (EST)

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