After more than a quarter of this season’s NHL games have been decided, the votes for the All-Star Game have started to pile up.

Let’s take a quick look at those, and see what we can dig up.

First, the forwards:

Kessel, good call.

Before we feign any measure of indignance over of the other selections, let’s all keep in mind that anything fan-voted is usually going to end in some sort of chaos. So there’s our grain of salt.

/snaps

DANIEL ALFREDSSON has the second highest vote total?

I mean, he’s been a terrific player over his career, and I get that the game is being held in Ottawa, but fans, you’re basically Rory Fitzpatricking your captain. He’s tied for 223rd in the league in scoring with 9 total points. (Though I guess that is tied with Sidney Crosby….)

If you’re gonna root for hometown guys, can’t you at least get Spezza ahead of him, who’s doubled the dude’s points (plus four)? Hell, Milan Michalek has more goals than he has points.

My guess: Alfie would prefer to A) rest, and B), not chase around the best players in the game for a weekend.

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Defense voting…

 

Not a horrible list, actually. I can’t be mad about Karlsson being at the top, considering the game is in Ottawa and he’s first in the NHL in total points by a defenseman (21). I’m even gonna let the Sergei Gonchar thing slide (though I probably shouldn’t), considering his 16 points.

If I could make one push here though, fans: Brian Campbell and Jason Garrison are tearing it up in Florida. They’d be fun to watch in a free-wheeling game.

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And last, ze goalies:

Now this…this kills me. Funny stuff.

Ottawa fans can straight-faced vote Daniel Alfredsson into the All-Star Game. They can push Sergei Gonchar to 6th. But they can’t look us in the eye and claim they have goalie that even they can talk themselves into. That’s the ultimate Craig Anderson slap in the face right there.

Miller, Luongo and Reimer (and his six games played) probably shouldn’t be on there (yet), and Quick could use more love, but otherwise it’s not too far off.

But in the end, good for you Ottawa – you supported your boys, no matter how far-fetched it got…all the way until the crease. Pretty tough to support two guys with GAA’s well above 3.00, and save percentage’s below .900.

Comments (8)

  1. Really, you think Alfredsson is THAT far fetched, I mean, given what the All Star game is about these days? I figure he is a lock regardless of how the voting goes… he will be a captain in his hometown.

    Also, a lot like years past, I feel like the fans of the host city are obviously more interested than the fans of any other city. Meh, it’s all in good fun anyway… theoretically.

    Rough one for Anderson though… VOTE IN LEHNER!!!!

  2. Alfie would be Mayor of this town in a landslide if he ever wanted to.

    Bwahaha. I had the same thought vis-a-vis Anderson. “Gonchar? OK! Anderson? Meh.”

    I’ll be happy with Giggles and Karlsson in there. I’d like to see Alfie there for sentimental reasons, but ya…. 9 points? In his defense, his C’s have been Da Costa and Foligno. :)

  3. Shocking, no one believes in the Former Wisconsin Badger, turned St Louis Blue..
    I mean he currently leads the NHL in every Stat Category, for the Vezina…

    “With each win he forces the NHL stat-keepers do go deeper into the record books. Elliott is the first NHL goalie in nearly 70 years to allow two goals or fewer in each of his first 11 starts to start a season.
    The last man to do it was Hall of Fame goaltender Frank Brinsek with the 1938-39 Boston Bruins.”

    He currently has just as many starts as his overly paid cohort, whom for good reason isn’t in the top 10 in the NHL, but is paid like it…

    Oh how I hope the NHL get’s Soupy in, and also brings in Shatt Deuces as well, those d-men could probably play better as wingers sometimes…

    • Definitely agree on Elliott. If he maintains this pace, he should be invited to the All-Star game, regardless if he’s even voted for by the fans.

  4. I don’t think it’s far-fetched that he’d get in, it’s just over-the-top. He’s so, so far from an NHL all-star so far this season. But ah well. It is what it is.

  5. They need to minimize the input of the fans on this. When ridiculous results like these occur, it may please the fans in 1 or 2 cities, but it makes a farce of the All Star game.

    (did i just suggest the ASG isnt a farce? there went any credibility that i ever had)

  6. Ya Bourne, sorry for Sens fans wanting Alfie to make the All-Star team. It’s not like we are hosting the event or anything. It’s not like it is our 20th anniversary in the league or anything. It’s not like we would want to see the undeniable greatest Senator in our history play in the All Star game as a captain or anything.
    It’s true. We are such jerks for trying to vote the undeniable favourite player of our team into an event which is pretty important to our fans. Especially because this type of ballot stuffing has never been seen before, right? How could we compromise the integrity of such a storied voting process, right? Oh wait….

    Ease up and just let the fans have fun.

    • Milan Michalek is your undeniable favourite player? Or is it Sergei Gonchar? No, wait, maybe it’s Spezza? Are they all undeniable greatest Senators ever too? Undeniable!

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