All-star game questions and picks!

Why not have some all-star fun

The all-star ballot has been released by the NHL. Some have questioned the inclusion of Sidney Crosby, as he has yet to play a game (like anyone in the hockey universe needed to be told that), among other factors. Voting does not begin until December 14th, and in that vein, I thought we might have a bit of fun:

First: one issue that has been brought to the spotlight by the blogosphere is the ballot format. This is the sixth year in a row that the NHL has used online voting system and some have begun to question the necessity of a ballot. With the online player voting system in place, do we the fans really need to be told who to vote for? A proposed system would simply do away with the “eligible” names for the ballot and let us write in whomever we like. This could lend itself to more accuracy in selection and give the fans more agency in deciding who plays (although the write in ballot does allow some freedom, it is somewhat limiting). In the internet era, do we really need to be told who is a potential all-star ?

Second: Is the fan selection really a valid and reliable system? As we all saw from the fiasco with Montreal almost getting their entire roster on the all-star team a couple season back, is the fan voting system really democratic? What chances do players in insignificant markets (read: the Bettman-belt teams) really have when compared to the voting power of northerners? Perhaps the fan should play a more diminutive role in the decision making. How do you think we could improve the system?

Third: some HTR fun. Once you’ve addressed either, both, or none of the above points, state who you would put on the ballot of eligible players if the voting were open today. I suggest a slightly modified format of 2 players form every forward position, three for defense, and two goaltender. You could do one per conference, but with the draft style game in mind, I recommend keeping it to eleven players, forcing difficult decisions.


Center 1
Center 2
Left Wing 1
Left Wing 2
Right Wing 1
Right Wing 2
Defenseman 1
Defenseman 2
Defenseman 3
Goalie 1
Goalie 2

Thanks for reading, no go debate!


11 Responses to All-star game questions and picks!

  1. reinjosh says:

    1) Considering the NHL consistently screws up selection for the ballot I say yes. Let the people pick who they want.

    2) If Montreal wants to get 5 Montreal starters, go right ahead. I have no issue with it. If they are the host team, all the power to them. If they outvote the home team, again, all the power to them. I have no issue with it. Its a game that has no meaning. Who cares what happens. 
    C1 – Jamie Benn
    C2 – Anze Kopitar
    LW 1 – Tomas Vanek
    LW 2 – Ryan Smyth
    RW 1 – Phil Kessel
    RW 2 – Kris Versteeg
    D 1 – MA Bergeron
    D 2 – Alex Edler
    D 3 – Dion Phaneuf
    G 1 – Kari Lehtonen
    G 2 – Nikolai Khabibulin
  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    1. I think a ballot is necessary to keep things from getting out of hand. We all remember "Vote for Rory". Plus, it would just be the most popular teams being voted in. There's alot of bad picks and omissions on the ballot, but whatever.

    2. It's reliable if done right. I like how the NFL does it. They give you a wider selection to choose from, but they don't include players who have no business being there.
    C1 – Kopitar
    C2 – Backstrom
    L1 – Vanek
    L2 – Benn
    R1 – Kessel
    R2 – Giroux
    D1 – Campbell
    D2 – Phaneuf
    D3 – Chara
    G1 – Khabibulin
    G2 – Lehtonen
  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    Are they using Benn as a center this year?

  4. reinjosh says:

    I believe they have. I think he's playing with Ryder and Eriksson. I could be wrong. I like your picks though. i wanted to put in Giroux to. I like the way yours has them by the listed positions, not the ones they actually play. 

  5. FlamingHomer says:

    Take the vote away from the fans. They have proven to be quite inept.

    Whichever city is awarded the All-Star game, their team should play the All-Stars. It would generate much more excitement within the city. It certainly couldn't be less exciting than the current format.

  6. JoelLeafs says:

    Ha, that's a cool idea. 

    Why not let the fans vote one other things, such as the format? What I mean is, why bring back NA vs World (if voted in), or the draft style, or whatever. It should be pretty easy to pick the teams, but less obvious things could still be determined by the fan base.
  7. MystifoLeafs says:

    This idea sounds familiar. I think it was done once in Montreal and Toronto. I am not sure though.

  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    Have to add in Seguin over Backstrom. Didn't want to sound like a homer but he's been unreal.

  9. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah there's alot of similarities in our picks. Alot of the forward picks and the goalies are pretty basic but there seems to be alot of candidates for defence.

  10. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah there's alot of similarities in our picks. Alot of the forward picks and the goalies are pretty basic but there seems to be alot of candidates for defence.

  11. FlamingHomer says:

    What if you let the fans vote for who takes part in the Skills Competition? It shouldn't be limited to the players taking part in the All Star game either. You would make it event specific such as Phil Kessel in the target shooting.

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