After the first week of voting for the 2012 NHL All-Star game in Ottawa, I decided to take a quick look at the players in the lead. As I was reading the list, I came across a name that didn't seem to fit in with the others, so I did some research and looked at some of the league leaders so far.
I quickly realized that yet again, this All-Star game was going to be a popularity contest yet again. Names like Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Kesler and Daniel Alfredsson are somehow on the top 25 list.
Alfredsson and Kesler both have eight points this season and Jagr is 40th in points (17) and 66th in goals (6) in the league yet is No. 7 in votes among forwards. The fans turn this into a popularity contest like a High School Class President race every year. I say let the players and owners and NHL analysts vote for the All-Star game, it will award the players who most deserve to be playing in the game.
Anyway, here is my three forwards, two defense-men and goalie who should be atop the leaders in fan balloting.
*Stats are as of 12:00pm on November 22, 2011.