San Jose Sharks: 2011-12 First-Half Awards

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San Jose Sharks: 2011-12 First-Half Awards
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Logan Couture was the last player drafted at the NHL All-Star Game.

This was no diss to the second-year stud. Nor was it an insult to the San Jose Sharks' organization.

Someone had to go last, and the young, West Coast forward happened to be the last guy called. No one can blame Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara for overlooking Couture.

But the fact that Couture was also the first, and therefore only, Shark picked to either team, that's insulting.

The Sharks have been one of the NHL's toughest teams to play for years, and are coming off their second consecutive Conference Finals appearance. At the break, they lead the Pacific Division and are in the President's Trophy hunt, as always.

Teams that win this much do so for at least one of two reasons: They have a rare superstar who carries them, or they have a large group of great players sharing the load. The Sharks fit the latter mold.

Having only one all-star, and him being the worst all-star? That isn't an honest representation of the talent in San Jose.

So, free from East Coast bias, this seems like an opportune time to give credit where credit is due by naming the San Jose Sharks' first-half standouts.

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