Friday, January 23, 2009

Western All-Stars

Starting Forwards: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf. Kane and Getzlaf(5th in league scoring) I have no bones with being All-Star starters but Toews has been bit somewhat with a sophomore slump and hasn’t been as good as he was as a rookie. But he was the fans choice so more power to them.

League selected forwards: Dustin Brown, Patrick Marleau(replaces Pavel Datsyuk), Shane Doan, Milan Hejduk, Jarome Iginla, Mike Modano, Rick Nash, Joe Thornton, Keith Tkachuk.

My Take: Anze Kopitar probably would be a better choice then Brown for the Kings, Ryan Smyth is leading the Avs in points so he arguably should have been there instead of Hejduk. Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson all would have been better choices then Mike Modano. Modano making this team is just the league putting a large name American in a southern market in there. Tkachuk is the same, Brad Boyes is leading the Blues in scoring and should be there.

Starting Defensemen: Brian Campbell and Scott Niedermayer. While Campbell deserves to go, not so much as a starter. Niedermayer go in on name recognition only, his stats this season aren’t tearing the roof off. But these are the fans choices.

League selected Defensemen: Dan Boyle, Stephane Robidas(replacing Nik Lidstrom), Sheldon Souray, Shea Weber.

My Take: All these players were deserving except for the injury replacement. Even as a replacement Stephan Robidas shouldn’t be in the All-Star game. That’s a joke. He’s got 19 points and is only there cause he plays in Dallas and the league wants as many players as possible from southern markets. More deserving of being named a replacement for the best defenseman of this genereation, Lidstrom, include the likes of Brian Rafalski, Chris Pronger, Rob Blake, Lubomir Vishnovski, Duncan Keith, Marek Zidlicky, Ryan Suter, Dion Phaneuf(even though he’s the most overrated dman in the game), hell even Tom Gilbert is more deserving!

Starting Goalie: JS Giguere. The most ridiculous choice by the fans(don’t criticize, don’t criticize!). Giguere’s been a sieve all season. But the fans voted him in!(*insert teeth grinding*)

League Choices: Nik Backstrom and Roberto Luongo. Luongo’s on for name alone. Evgeni Nabakov and Mikka Kiprusoff are more deserving but the Canucks needed someone to go. Backstrom should win the Vezina so he should be there.

Next up, it’s not to early to start thinking free agency and the key UFA’s!

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