Some people might automatically penciled in Ryan Kesler after he had his foot in the door as a finalist last season.
This category has been dominated by centers in years past, with the last winger to earn the nod was Jere Lehtinen in 2003.
But Andrew Cogliano has been an integral part of the team since his arrival in 2011, and his value is at an all-time high.
He is our best forechecking forward and is the main reason why our penalty killing has been top notch.
On top of that, he has been Mr. Reliable by not missing a single game in his career. 758 consecutive games and counting.
In addition, Cogliano has 12 shorthanded goals during his Anaheim Ducks tenure, including two from this season.