Sunday, January 11, 2009

All-Star Snubs

In the wake of the All-Star teams being named for each conference, we've come up with the top 5 All-Star Game snubs for 2009.

Patrick Sharp, Chicago BlackhawksHe's 2nd in the Western Conference in goals with 20, yet Mike Modano gets on reputation alone despite his just 13 goals. Sharp has been instrumental to the Blackhawks success this season, heading a potent offense with All-Star game starters Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.



Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins Kessel has notched 41 points (24 G, 17 A) and has posted a very impressive +17 thus far this season. Yet somehow Alexei Kovalev and his 11 goals has been selected to the team...as a starter no less.

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks Marleau has been a key part to the Sharks run at the Presidents Trophy. Marleau has notched 23 goals and 23 assists so far this season yet somehow does not get a sniff at the All-Star Game. He leads the Western Conference in goals. Somebody explain that one to us?

Dennis Wideman, Boston Bruins Wideman is an astonishing +25, and while some of that is helped by being on such a dominate team, the statistics don't lie. Wideman has 8 goals and 20 assists, tops among Eastern Conference defenseman. Yet Mike Komisarek is starting the game with his dazzling 1 goal and 3 assists.

Mike Green, Washington CapitalsGreen's 10 goals lead Eastern Conference defenseman and his 18 assists don't hurt his case. Green has been a rock on the Capitals blueline, averaging 25:12 in ice time. He's the only player in the NHL to average more than 25 minutes in ice time and had 10 or more goals. Again, Komisarek?

That's all that matter to me on this Sunday morning. The All-Star game needs immediate changes, but we'll save that for another blog.

-Buotte

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