Another season of fan voting has seen another all-star team picked to placate the needs of the host city of the NHL all-star game. Internet ballot stuffing is starting to give democracy a bad name. Now the group of anyone who cares about the NHL All-Star game seems to be limited to people who live in the host city.
They voted this year to have four Ottawa Senators on the ice to start the 2012 NHL All-Star game in Ottawa. It really is pointless wondering at who they picked but now we have to go figure out who would be first and second team All-Stars if the NHL had a format that encouraged this year's performance to be a determining criteria for making it onto such teams.
I was reduced to doing the same thing last year simply because I was interested in knowing who had had the best first half of a season last year. Despite whatever meaningless format the NHL has decided to put together for its All-Star game I have picked first and second teams for the current Eastern and Western Conferences in the NHL. These players at least deserve to play at the 2012 NHL All Star game in Ottawa this January 29th.
The criteria I'm using are pretty simple. Usually in the past the best offensive players at their positions have been chosen for first and second all-star teams. I generally won't deviate from that model. The goalies I'm picking mostly on save percentage and games played. The NHL could put out a list like this in about ten seconds for every All-Star game.
Maybe in the future they can pick real all-star teams and then choose six starters from the host city to keep those fans interested in the game. That probably wouldn't make the All-Star game any more palatable to a mass market, but all-star teams littered with players from the home city don't enhance your product.
The statistics for my choices come from January 11, 2012 a week after the all-star balloting was finished.