All-Star voting: Phil Kessel takes the lead

November, 29, 2011
11/29/11
8:52
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Fan voting update for the six starters for the Jan. 29 All-Star game:

Forwards
The weekly All-Star ballot update was announced Tuesday and, lo and behold, we have a new leader among forwards: Phil Kessel with 258,446.

The star winger leads the NHL in scoring and plays for a big-market team in Toronto, so this isn't surprising.

Sidney Crosby's return is just over a week old and he's already fourth in balloting at 206,863 -- and counting.

The host Ottawa Senators still have three forwards in the top five in Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek -- which again illustrates that this is an imperfect science.

1. Phil Kessel, Toronto - 258,446
2. Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa - 233,868
3. Jason Spezza, Ottawa - 209,455
4. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh - 206,863
5. Milan Michalek, Ottawa - 190,670
6. Joffrey Lupul, Toronto - 166,787
7. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia - 151,001
8. Jonathan Toews, Chicago - 137,387
9. Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia - 126,250
10. Patrick Kane, Chicago - 120,439
11. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh - 110,576
12. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit - 98,415
13. Marian Hossa, Chicago - 95,781
14. James Neal, Pittsburgh - 95,454
15. Alex Ovechkin, Washington - 88,222
16. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver - 83,125
17. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver - 73,551
18. Danny Briere, Philadelphia - 71,253
19. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay - 69,830
20. Patrick Sharp, Chicago - 69,125
21. Ryan Kesler, Vancouver - 68,388
22. * Tyler Seguin, Boston - 68,107
23. Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers 65,747
24. Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh - 65,728
25. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo - 61,077
26. Patrice Bergeron, Boston - 59,763
27. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit - 59,274
28. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles - 54,438
29. Joe Pavelski, San Jose - 51,221
30. Milan Lucic, Boston - 50,770

Defenseman
Erik Karlsson of the host Senators led all blueliners in balloting at 256,839 votes and, to be fair, the kid is having a heck of a year.

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was second at 213,617 and suddenly you realize voting might become a Battle of Ontario between two fan groups who despise each other.

That Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators is only ninth in voting with 114,063 votes is sad. Come on people!

1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa - 256,839
2. Dion Phaneuf, Tornoto - 213,617
3. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh - 195,528
4. Zdeno Chara, Boston - 184,457
5. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit - 169,218
6. Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa - 153,874
7. Duncan Keith, Chicago - 135,049
8. John-Michael Liles, Toronto - 133,379
9. Shea Weber, Nashville - 114,063
10. Brent Seabrook, Chicago - 108,723
11. Chris Pronger, Philadelphia - 100,076
12. P.K. Subban, Montreal - 93,427
13. Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia - 91,273
14. Alexander Edler, Vancouver - 80,538
15. Dan Boyle, San Jose - 61,823
16. Niklas Kronwall, Detroit - 58,015
17. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles 57,022
18. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg - 56,995
19. Brent Burns, San Jose - 54,356
20. Sheldon Souray, Dallas - 53,144

Goaltenders
Reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins leads all goalies in votes with 175,315. No problem there.

That James Reimer of the Leafs is third with 161,405 even though he hasn't played since Oct. 22? Well, that's just silly.

Even sillier was that Jimmy Howard was a write-in candidate and not on the original ballot. The Detroit Red Wings netminder has been lights-out this season and deserves to be much higher than 14th in balloting at 44,610 votes.

1. Tim Thomas, Boston - 175,315
2. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh - 169,721
3. James Reimer, Toronto - 161,405
4. Pekka Rinne, Nashville - 101,570
5. Carey Price, Montreal - 93,637
6. Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers - 92,808
7. Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia - 84,498
8. Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton - 79,126
9. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver - 67,719
10. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles - 56,654
11. Kari Lehtonen, Dallas - 55,956
12. * Corey Crawford, Chicago - 53,604
13. Ryan Miller, Buffalo - 45,768
14. * Jimmy Howard, Detroit - 44,610
15. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey - 39,899

* - Write-in candidate

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