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All Star Picks

The NHL is going to announce the 42 players who will play in the 2011 All Star Game, which will be played in the last weekend in January and hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes, in the upcoming week.  Thus I thought I would make my picks first.  There are six players voted to the game by the fans: Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.  I gave myself the constraints that I think the NHL will use, that each team must be represented by at least one player and that there is no point adding a player who is injured and likely will not be healthy in time for the game.

Here are my picks:

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Ryane Clowe San Jose Sharks
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Brandon Dubinsky New York Rangers
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils
Loui Eriksson Dallas Stars
Ales Hemsky Edmonton Oilers
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Mike Richards Philadelphia Flyers
Martin St Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks (starter)
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings

Defence

Dustin Byfuglien Atlanta Thrashers
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Tobias Enstrom Atlanta Thrashers
Tomas Kaberle Toronto Maple Leafs
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks (starter)
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings
John-Michael Liles Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Suter Nashville Predators
Lubomir Visnovsky Anaheim Ducks
Keith Yandle Phoenix Coyotes

Goaltenders

Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Jaroslav Halak St Louis Blues
Ryan Miller Buffalo Sabres
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Tim Thomas Boston Bruins
Tomas Vokoun Florida Panthers

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John W.'s avatar

Can’t really argue with those picks due to the every team must have a player rule.  There are a lot of players I would have over those listed, but the players I would omit (Hemsky, Karlsson, Tavares, Elias etc) are the only reps from their team.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/09/11 at 09:11 PM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

Miller = no way

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 01/09/11 at 11:40 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Dave Davis

With Derek Roy injured, there is no obvious Buffalo Sabre player to make the All Star Game.  Tomas Vanek is the top scoring healthy forward.  He is 56th in scoring in the league and has a team worst +/- rating.  That isn’t too impressive.  I suppose Jordan Leopold is the defenceman most worthy of being an All Star, but it is hard to justify him as an All Star.  That leaves Ryan Miller.  It is a disappointment (though not exactly unpredictable) that he isn’tin the Vezina Trophy race.  Miller has a soild but unspectacular saves percentage (.913 right now) and is 11th in wins in the league.  Its not at all like last year, but I think it is the best option as a Sabre All Star.  Who do you support ahead of him?

It seems there is no obvious choice and you are down on the one I picked because, although he may have been the best healthy player, you expected better from him.  Given the NHL’s desire to pick name players whenever possible, I bet he is the player selected.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 01/10/11 at 12:02 AM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

I think you make a good reasoning for Miller.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 01/10/11 at 01:09 AM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

25th in GAA, 22nd in save% & near the top of a Buffalo News poll for biggest disappointment, even though this town loves him like a rock star.  Leopold is most deserving.  But like you said, it’s about names, and after seeing Brodeur get over 26,000 votes, nothing would shock me.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 01/10/11 at 08:48 AM ET

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