It's difficult to believe that five years ago some wondered if Patrice Bergeron's career might be over, or at the very least severely compromised because of a concussion that forced him to miss nearly an entire season with the Bruins.

But Bergeron has come back stronger than ever, and he was among the NHL's best at the Wynn Resort and Casino on Tuesday afternoon for the NHL Awards press availability.

Bergeron was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the NHL's best defensive forward, along with St. Louis forward David Backes and Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk. It's stiff competition, but Bergeron stands a good shot at his first award after dominating in the face-off circle (59.2 winning percentage in over 1,600 draws last season -- far and away the most face-offs attempted by anybody in the running for the Selke) and led the NHL this season with a plus-36.

He helped push the Bruins to the second-best goals against average (2.36) in the Eastern Conference, topped all B's forwards in shorthanded ice time (1:48) and played in a career-high 81 games while getting seriously banged up physically at the end of the season.