Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Lehtonen 10th, Souray 16th in All-Star voting
By Mark Stepneski
The NHL released All-Star voting totals for the first week, and Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen ranks 10th among NHL netminders with 42,527 votes. Boston's Tim Thomas is tops among goaltenders with 95,681 votes.
Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is 16th among defensemen with 39,263 votes. The top two in defense category are Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (147,468) and Boston's Zdeno Chara (110,098).
Stars forwards Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro, who all are on the ballot, were not among the top 28 forwards receiving votes. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Toronto's Phil Kessel and Ottawa's Jason Spezza are the top three among the forwards.
The Senators are getting out the vote, which is not a surprise since the All-Star Game is in Ottawa this season.
Vote totals are here on NHL.com.
Voting, which started last week, will conclude Jan. 4.
The top vote-getters by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie -- will take part in this season's All-Star Game, which will be in Ottawa on Jan. 29.