David Backes. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images Sport)
St. Louis (KSDK) -- St. Louis Blues captain David Backes is a finalist for the 2012 Frank J. Selke Award by the National Hockey League.
The Selke Award is given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Former Blues captain Rick Meagher won the only Selke Award in franchise history in 1990.
Backes is in his sixth NHL season, all with the Blues, and tied for the club lead with 54 points (24 goals, 30 assists) while earning the third best plus/minus among Blues forwards (+15) and the seventh best home ice plus/minus (+19) among all NHL forwards in 2011-12.