Upset that there’s no All-Star game this year? Me too, but we can pretend, can’t we? So I took it upon myself to put together two All-Star teams for both conferences.
What’s different about my teams is that not every NHL team is represented. I’ve felt for a while that not every team deserves to have a player at the All-Star game.
Without any further ado, here are your Eastern Conference All-Stars. Stay tuned for tomorrow when the Western Conference roster is released…and feel free to comment/rant on who you would have liked to have seen in the “completely fictional” All-Star game.
Alex Ovechkin: I know, big surprise. He might not run away with the MVP this season, but Alex “The Great” leads the league in plus/minus.
Ilya Kovalchuk: Let’s be honest, nobody cares about his point totals—we just want to know what team he’s going to be playing for at the end of the season.
Alexander Semin: It’s not easy being a left-winger with Mr. Ovechkin on the same team, but Semin is putting up some great numbers so far this season.
Zach Parise: All of the New Jersey Devils seem to be struggling as of late, but Parise is averaging a point per game and is a plus-23.
Marian Gaborik: Also known as the entire New York Rangers’ offense, Garborik is an easy choice as an All-Star.
Sidney Crosby: Sid “The Kid” has finally learned to shoot more and is on pace to put up over 50 goals as a result.
Martin St. Louis: The nifty veteran is among the league-leaders in assists and is keeping Tampa in the playoff hunt.
Tim Connolly: He might not have made the U.S. Olympic squad, but a 16-game point streak puts him on my All-Star team.
Nicklas Backstrom: As much as it pains me to put yet another Capital on the roster, they do have the best offense in the league.
Tomas Plekanec: Plekanec had 39 points in 80 games last season. He has 52 points already this season—enough said.
Steven Stamkos: The kid has some slap shot and he is playing like the No. 1 pick that he is.
Evgeni Malkin: His production is definitely down, but he’s still got 17 more points than the closest New York Islander.
Tomas Kaberle: Sure he’s a minus-10, but keep in mind who he plays for—that’s the equivalent to a plus-20 anywhere else.
Mike Green: He leads all defensemen in points and he has greatly improved his defensive efforts this season…and he’s a Capital.
Tyler Myers: Imagine Zdeno Chara with actual skating ability and puck control. If you’ve imagined correctly then you just thought about Myers.
Chris Pronger : Pronger seems to be the only Philadelphia Flyer who came to play this season.
Tobias Enstrom: This young defenseman improved his defensive game last year and now he has the offense to go along with it.
Mark Streit: Not only is Streit the only Islander playing in the Olympics, but he’s the only Islander on my All-Star team.
Sergei Gonchar: Every inch of me wanted to give the last spot to Marc-Andre Bergeron, but Gonchar has 33 points in just 38 games.
Ryan Miller: He is in the top three in every major statistical category for goalies and has the Buffalo Sabres atop the Northeast division.
Martin Brodeur: 37 years old and he leads the league in wins and shutouts. Oh, and he just so happens to be the best goalie of all-time.
Tomas Vokoun: Vokoun faces more shots than any other goalie in the NHL and he is second in save-percentage—there is no arguing with that.
Just like any year, there were several players snubbed off of my roster who I’d like to acknowledge:
Mike Cammalleri, Nathan Horton, Jeff Carter, Daniel Alfredsson, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kimmo Timonen, Zdeno Chara, Henrik Lundqvist, and Rick DiPietro (Okay, you got me—it was a joke).
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