The three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie with the most votes in their respective categories were named the first all stars, and the NHL Hockey Operations Department selected the remaining 36 players for the game.
Three of the top vote getters were from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc Andre Fleury, with Crosby once again being the top vote getter through out the league.
My question is this. Sure Crosby and Malkin have viable reasons for not being there since they are injured (and as a side note Crosby was cleared for light workout yesterday) but do you think there are some players there that really.. and I mean seriously... belong there?
The one that stands out in my mind is Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Does it say anything to that fact that he was last picked in the draft? This guy hasn't done diddly since he left Boston for Toronto, and add to that, how does a guy stand out on a team that has such a horrible record?
Another one.. Patrik Elias. What? Did he get the sympathy vote? He's having an ok season for being 34 years old in a league full of young guys, but it goes without saying we all know how the Devils season has been going.
Guess I just can't help it, this game doesn't have a lot of draw for me without Sidney. The poor guy just can never seem to be healthy when it's all star time. But how can they have a game like this without him? Your top vote getter sitting out. He keeps this up people won't vote for him because they think he will be a no show :laughs:.
Anyhow, sure I'm gonna watch, I mean... I'm a hockey freak. Even last nights skill competition was only slightly more interesting than usual, but the same thing, no Sid, not as much fun. You can only handle seeing Ovie's toothless grin so many times, yanno?