In theory, it’s quite possible. Actually, it’s quite logical.
The fine writers over at NHL.com released their take on who should be in, and who should be out for the 2012 NHL all-star game in Ottawa, and Ovy was the noticeable abscence. He’s become a name you just assume will be a part of the event no matter what kind of season he’s having.
But if you really look at his numbers and the way things shake down…is it possible to justify having him in the game this year? I’m not so sure it is.
It’s tough to argue with the list that left him on the outside looking in. Here’s Corey Masisak explaining the rules they went by to create it:
All 30 NHL teams are [to be] represented, and players who might be injured and miss the weekend were not penalized — there were some near-misses who will prove to be fine injury replacements.
In reality there will be injuries and a few extra players will get in, but it’s still interesting to take a look at things if everyone were healthy.
Think about it – with the fact that every team has to be represented (as Masisak mentioned) and with Nicklas Backstrom clearly outplaying Ovechkin for the majority of the season, who do you take out from another team to make room for him? (Again, the list is here.)
Errr……yeah. Nobody. All of those guys are deserving.
And while he’s been hot of late, look at some of the names who aren’t on that list who could (should?) get in ahead of him:
Patrick Kane’s not on it, and he’s ahead of Ovy in scoring by five points.
Corey Perry, last year’s MVP isn’t on it, and he’s ahead of Ovy in points too.
Scott Hartnell’s not on it, and he’s got four points more than Ovy.
Tyler Seguin? Jamie Benn? Anze Kopitar? Kris Versteeg? All things equal, wouldn’t all those guys get in before him?
I say yes, but I’m also aware of the reality: all things aren’t equal. I still think the NHL will find a way.
Today’s the day the NHL all-star list comes out, and when it does, I wouldn’t be shocked to see his name wedged in there somewhere (and if it is, would he overtake Dion Phaneuf as the League’s #1 most overrated player? Likely). He’s Alex Freaking Ovechkin. He’s just too big of a name for them to leave out of the event.