That isn’t the case when it comes to GF% (goals for / goals for + goals against). In fact, Kopitar outshines fellow Selke contenders Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron by a large margin in this defensive metric.
Stats are based on 5 v 5 play, and are current as of April 6th
GF% - TMGF% + OppGF%
Not only does Kopitar have the highest GF% of the three, but when teammate quality and quality of competition are accounted for his superior defensive prowess becomes even more apparent. Simply put, when Anze Kopitar is on the ice he scores, and you don’t.
To take things a step further I also looked at GF HARD stats, an advanced defensive metric that can be explained here.
GF HARD QOT
GF HARD QOC
GF HARD - QOT + QOC
|Anze Kopitar||53.9||40.0||- 4.73||9.170|
|Patrice Bergeron||44.1||40.2||- 9.09||- 5.190|
|Jonathan Toews||- 9.30||2.70||- 4.74||- 16.74|
Again, Kopitar dominates in this regard.
These Corsi, Fenwick, and GF numbers basically solidify that the Selke race is down to two: Kopitar and Bergeron. This isn’t exactly news, but it does help us to understand which player might win for what reasons. Puck possession favors Bergeron, and GF numbers favor Kopitar.
The fact that Kopitar outshines in GF, which could be due to a number of reasons (likely his superior defensive positioning), and barely trails Bergeron in puck possession, should put him in the front of the race for the Selke at this point.
Anze Kopitar would be the first LA King to ever win a Selke Trophy.