Why This Years NHL All-Star Game Is a Sham

Shane HouseAnalyst INovember 25, 2008

When you think of the NHL All-Star game, you think about the best of the best the NHL has to offer. You think of those players that excel at the game and bring excitement to the arena on any given night.

So when I vote online for my favourite players that I believed have excelled this year, you can understand my feeling of pointlessness when I vote.

The lopsidedness of this year's All-Star game is almost discouraging.

I understand the fact the All-Star game is being held in Montreal but that is no excuse for more deserving players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to not be starting the game over players like Saku Koivu and Alexei Kovalev.

Do not get me wrong, both the latter players mentioned are excellent in there own right and deserve some consideration to be in the All-Star game but I honestly do not believe they should be in the starting lineup.

The closest any team has ever come to having started all there players in the All-Star game was in 1986 when Edmonton had all starting positions filled except for Ron Wilson taking one defensive spot.

But all the players in those slots were deserving of the honor: Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr were all elite players at that time.

Montreal fans can say what they want but Mike Komisarek is in no way even close to being in the same class as Paul Coffey.

The only players that I think are deserving of there starting spots on the Eastern side are Alex Tanguay, Carey Price and maybe Andrei Markov.

Koivu, Kovalev and Komisarek have all had very good seasons so far, but this is the list of players that they are beating:

Alexander Ovechkin

Alexander Semin

Sidney Crosby

Evgeni Malkin

Marc Savard

Thomas Vanek

Zdeno Chara

Mike Green

Wade Reddon

That is quite a class of players to be sitting on the bench for the opening ceremonies.

The point that I am trying to get at is at the end of the day, the NHL are the ones that pay for it.

Sure, the NHL will of course have a successful All-Star game in Montreal, but how will the future of the All-Star game be successful if all they see is a bunch of players from the same team starting the game?

It cheats both the fans and the more deserving players from a spot amongst the NHL's elite.

Finally on a side note, I think that out of all the players that deserve to go to the All-Star game, two deserve it the most. Shea Weber and Devin Setoguchi have been lights out this season and because of where they play, they do not receive the fan-fare  and votes that they deserve.

These two players are playing the best hockey of there careers and both deserve a spot in the All-Star game.