Reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin, with 25 goals and 24 assists, third in the league in points and the only player in the top 15 in both goals and assists, currently ranks sixth among forwards in the Eastern Conference in fan voting for the NHL All-Star team.
Ovechkin, with 436,000+ votes, trails Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh (both over 1,270,000 votes) and a trio of Montreal Canadiens (Alexi Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay, all over 1,000,000 votes).
You read that right. Ovechkin has less than half the votes of Alex Tanguay.
Ovie is one of the league's most energetic and creative players. He is the lead highlight more often than not. He dates models and is the first Russian to be given the keys to Washington, DC. What more does he have to do to earn a couple hundred thousand more votes?
Is it because he is Russian? Is it simple jealousy? Is it pervasive regionalism?
Of course, the same knuckleheads that have Crosby and Malkin atop the forwards list also have Sergei Gonchar, who has yet to play this season, in second among defensemen with over 1,050,000 votes. And Ryan Whitney, another Penguin who has played in exactly three games, is fourth in votes among defensemen with 1,010,000.
Now, I understand stuffing the ballot box for the home team, but is this not just a little ridiculous? Even for Pittsburghers?
As if Caps fans needed another reason to despise the black and gold.