Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk missed a dozen games down the stretch, but such is his lethality on the ice he was still recognized as one of the NHL's best two-way forwards.

The NHL announced Monday that Datsyuk, St. Louis' David Backes and Boston's Patrice Bergeron are finalists for the Selke Trophy, given annually to the forward that best excels defensively. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted on the award at the end of the regular season. The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

Datsyuk won the Selke in 2008-10.

"I think people recognize that Pav is one of the premier two-way forwards in the game," general manager Ken Holland said. "Mike Babcock uses Pavel against the other team's best forwards because Pav is such a good two-way player. He's probably the best in the league at takeaways, with his ability to come in and use his quick hands and stick."