All-Star voting: Fans' choices rule list

November, 30, 2010
11/30/10
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Ah, the freedom of choice.

For the second week in a row, voters are blazing their own trail by writing in a bevy of potential NHL All-Stars, starting with the two top vote-getting goaltenders, Montreal’s red-hot Carey Price and sensational Philadelphia rookie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Price actually climbed into second place in overall voting (145,726 votes) behind Sidney Crosby (218,791), while Steven Stamkos jumped into third overall with 141,818.

But, for us, it’s all about fans exercising their rights to ignore the NHL’s suggestions.
About 35 percent of the top 154 players receiving votes are write-ins with 6.11 million votes already cast.

Voting runs through Jan. 3 as fans will select the All-Star starters, while team captains will pick the balance of the participants for the big shindig in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30.

Here is a look by position at how things are shaping up (* -- denotes write-in candidate; the NHL's results below reflect voting through Nov. 29):

Goaltenders

Montreal fans are doing their job by keeping Price, who leads the league in wins and is tied for the most shutouts, at the top of the vote parade with 145,726 write-in ballots. Bob the Goalie is well behind at 116,725, but that’s not a bad showing considering no one knew who he was at the start of the season. Can the suddenly hot Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh close the gap?

*-Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 145,726
*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers, 116,725
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 92,095
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues, 78,168
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 76,967
*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings, 56,999
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, 56,967
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 46,633
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 40,140
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks 39,103
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 39,000
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, 27,367
*-Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks, 21,489
*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals, 21,274
Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche, 18,765
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, 17,704
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 16,936
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, 12,587
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 11,682
Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, 11,313
*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks, 9,791
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 9,553
*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, 8,917
*-Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, 6,153
Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers, 5,152
Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers, 4,588

Defensemen

It’s interesting that 43 percent of the top defensemen are write-in candidates. Still, the closest race of the three positions involves current Norris Trophy champ Duncan Keith, who is less than 100 votes ahead of former Norris (and Hart) winner Chris Pronger. The two, of course, faced each other in last season’s Stanley Cup finals and were teammates on Canada’s 2010 gold-medal squad in Vancouver. Mr. Norris, Nicklas Lidstrom, is third, less than 3,000 votes behind Keith and Pronger. Unlike my colleague Pierre LeBrun, I pledge to remain fully clothed even if Lidstrom isn’t named one of the two All-Star captains.

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, 137,642
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, 137,549
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, 134,626
*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, 115,862
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, 110,599
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 94,606
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks, 92,501
*-P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, 89,050
Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 80,572
Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, 67,873
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, 62,611
*-Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers, 59,138
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 51,516
Marc Staal, New York Rangers, 47,396
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 43,517
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, 41,857
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 37,061
Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 36,710
Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, 34,316
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, 32,284
Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators, 31,966
*-Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, 25,373
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, 24,176
*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche, 21,533
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks, 19,296
*-Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens, 19,287
*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins, 17,367
*-Daniel Girardi, New York Rangers, 13,708
*-Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs, 13,579
Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 12,942
*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 12,871
John Carlson, Washington Capitals, 11,965
Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers, 10,070
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, 10,043
Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 9,623
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, 8,606
*-Douglas Murray, San Jose Sharks, 7,977
*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks, 7,977
Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild, 7,672
*-Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes, 7,621
*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, 7,146
*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks, 7,137
*-Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, 6,938
*-Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues, 6,689
*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, 6,689
*-Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche, 5,977
*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh Penguins, 5,819
*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins, 5,122
*-Niklas Hjalmarsson. Chicago Blackhawks, 4,778
Mark Streit, New York Islanders, 4,154
Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers, 3,947

Forwards

Up front, it’s a runaway for Pittsburgh captain Crosby, owner of a 13-game points streak after Monday’s win over the New York Rangers. He leads all vote-getters with 218,791 votes, miles ahead of the 141,818 tallied by Stamkos.

The battle for the other two forward spots behind Crosby will be intense, though, with Stamkos jumping up from fourth place. He is ahead of Jonathan Toews by just 2,248 votes. Alex Ovechkin lurks behind the top three; but Caps fans are notoriously tech savvy, so don’t think this is over yet.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, 218,791
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, 141,818
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, 139,570
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 120,966
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 108,649
Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens, 107,575
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, 107,322
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 106,136
*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, 103,620
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, 96,577
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, 96,216
Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, 93,652
*-Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, 93,528
Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, 77,671
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, 77,509
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, 62,113
Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers, 61,464
Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings, 57,797
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 48,554
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 42,517
*-Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, 41,521
*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, 41,196
*-Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 38,551
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 38,462
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, 32,981
Marian Gaborik, Rangers, 32,134
Anze Kopitar, L.A. Kings, 31,923
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 29,432
*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 27,958
*-Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes, 26,481
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, 26,108
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, 25,545
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, 24,436
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, 24,386
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 23,956
Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks, 23,481
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, 22,902
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, 20,800
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, 20,165
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks, 20,063
Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, 17,938
*-Brandon Dubinsky, Rangers, 17,933
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, 17,894
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues, 17,552
David Krejci, Boston Bruins, 16,810
Ryan Smyth, L.A. Kings, 16,465
*-Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, 16,189
Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, 15,751
Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, 15,401
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 14,661
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, 13,952
*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes, 13,332
*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes, 13,146
*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 12,879
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, 12,741
R.J. Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets, 12,676
*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks, 11,758
*-Ryan Callahan, Rangers, 11,260
Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, 10,487
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, 10,440
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, 10,137
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 9,691
John Tavares, New York Islanders, 8,844
*-Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins, 8,775
*-Justin Williams, L.A. Kings, 8,486
*-Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 8,114
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, 7,891
*-David Perron, St. Louis Blues, 6,791
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, 6,656
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, 5,999
*-Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, 5,565
*-Dustin Brown, L.A. Kings, 5,312
*-Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers, 5,302
*-Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens, 4,992
*-Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche, 4,779
*-Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars, 4,731
David Booth, Florida Panthers, 4,653

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