25 NHL All-Star Game Snubs

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25 NHL All-Star Game Snubs
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All-Star snubs are, unfortunately, a recurring development, and a major reason why the NHL All-Star Game itself continues to lose its appeal with each passing season.

Surely, the NHL would learn its lesson sooner or later when it comes to the selection process...right? 

From the looks of things, it's fairly obvious that nothing's changed.

Deserving players are left out for a variety of different excuses because, whether we like it or not, the All-Star game is what it is: a marketing venture.

Case in point: Alex Ovechkin was picked because he's a cover boy for the NHL, not necessarily because his current statistics merit an All-Star selection.  

You might wonder why some pretty notable names aren't on this list, particularly Nicklas Lidstrom, Teemu Selanne, Jordan Eberle, Patrick Sharp, Nicklas Backstrom and Thomas Vanek. 

Lidstrom and Selanne were asked to participate but declined. Eberle, Sharp, Backstrom and Vanek would've likely been as well, if not for the fact that they're presently injured.

There were a handful of players who could've made this slideshow and were also deserving of an All-Star invite, including Radim Vrbata, Duncan Keith, Pekka Rinne, Milan Lucic and Stephen Weiss, among others. 

Here are 25 players who did not (to my knowledge) decline and aren't hurt, but were still snubbed.

 

NOTE: Players are grouped by position (forwards, defensemen, then goaltenders) and are not listed from "best" to "worst."

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