Wednesday, November 15, 2006

All-Star Shakedown

It's All-Star time, ladies! Voting is supposed to open today, although I haven't seen it anywhere. Anyways...while I think the NHL did a good job this year of including some people that should be in but may usually be overlooked, there were, as always, deserving players who missed the cut.

Here are my picks for this year's oversights:

- Vyacheslav Kozlov – Believe me, no one hates the fact that three Atlanta players are leading the NHL in scoring more than I do. But how do you include two of them on the ballot and not the third? Kozlov not only has the same number of points (26) as Kovalchuk, but he also is +6, showing that he is a more complete and defensively responsible player. Incidentally, Hossa and Kovalchuk are +2 and 0 respectively...

- Michael Komisarek – He may only have 4 points, but I think we sometimes forget that defensemen are supposed to be, well...defensemen! That means they defend the goalie instead of rushing up ice for the glory. Komisarek is a young talent for Montreal and is +8 on the season. And if you need those shiny offensive numbers, he’s leading the league with 2 shorthanded goals – not bad for a kid.

- Vesa Toskala – I've said it before, but I'll repeat myself - Toskala was really robbed this year. He’s got great numbers and has continued his solid play in net from last season. How he was missed in favor of ‘Bulin is beyond me.

- Dainius Zubrus – Okay, I may be a little biased here, but come on – why is no one taking notice of what this guy is doing? I guess it’s because he has a linemate who’s kind of famous, but still...Zubie has been really amazing this season, netting 11 goals on only 36 shots, winning over 50% of his faceoffs and taking care of his defensive responsibility.


I'll put this up as a potential discussion topic - who do you think was left off the ballot that should be there and why? Feel free to spread those biased wings and pick every player on your team. It's never stopped me...

4 comments:

hockeygirl said...

Rebecca: I'm making that into our weekly topic.

Rebecca said...

Great - can't wait to see what people say! :)

Heather B. said...

I think if Zubrus and Ovechkin keep playing together, Zubrus will get some attention eventually. Right now they seem to be overshadowed by the whole Crosby-Malkin thing.

I totally agree about defensive defensemen thus my excitement at seeing my boy Tallinder on the ballot :-)

Jordi said...

Damn straight Toskala was robbed! But more importantly, Michalek! Maybe it's just me, he just reeks of all star material.