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There are three Columbus Blue Jackets on the NHL All-Star ballot

Nov 10, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

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The National Hockey League has released its official ballot for the 2012 All-Star Game. It includes 127 players — 18 goalies, 36 defensemen and 73 forwards — with voting set to begin on Monday, Nov. 14.

And when voting begins on Monday, you’ll have the opportunity to send three members of the Columbus Blue Jackets to Ottawa for all the festivities!

Rick Nash, Jeff Carter and RJ Umberger all made the ballot. You can make a case for Nash being there because he leads the team in scoring. You can make a case for Carter because he’s been an All-Star before. And you can make a case for Umberger because…the league had a quota for guys named RJ? That’s all I got.

See, Umberger’s not just having a bad year. He’s having a terrible year (1G-4A-5PTS, minus-2) on a terrible team. He’s currently being outscored by two CBJ defensemen: Aaron Johnson (who is four points away from tying his career high of 10) and Grant Clitsome (hehe, Clitsome.)

I’m all for equal representation at the All-Star game. I also realize this might be Columbus’ lone highlight of the season (the Blue Jackets will be in highlights, of course, like Jamie Benn‘s goal.)

But aren’t there some deserving guys that got left off the ballot?

Yep, sure are.

With that said, here are PHT’s All-Star Ballot Snubs.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: This may be intentional as there are no rookies on the ballot. (Last year the All-Star weekend featured a YoungStars game between rookies and sophomores, though Carolina’s Jeff Skinner got to compete in the big game.) RNH has 6G-6A-12PTS — more than Nash and Los Angeles’ Mike Richards.

David Legwand: Point-a-game player (14PTS, 14GP) for the fifth-place team in the West. Tied for 22nd overall in league scoring. Plays 19 minutes a night. NB: Despite being 13 points clear of Columbus, Nashville has the same number of players on the ballot.

Marc-Andre Bergeron: Bergeron leads all NHL defensemen in scoring. This requires no further explanation.

Jimmy Howard: Jimmy’s 6-3-1 so far with a 1.79 GAA. Jimmy’s save percentage is .928. Jimmy doesn’t understand why he’s not one of 18 goalies nominated. Jimmy definitely thinks he should be there over Jaroslav Halak. Jimmy’s actually okay with this snub, though. Jimmy might take the family on vacation during the break. Jimmy’s been looking at places in Maui. Anyway, good talk. Jimmy’ll see you around.

Niklas Backstrom/Josh Harding: Minnesota has the league’s second-lowest GAA — shouldn’t at least one of its goalies be on the ballot? If I had to pick, I’d probably go with Backstrom because he’s played more (nine starts to Harding’s five) and his stats are pretty solid: 2.05 goals-against and a .926 save percentage. Maybe Harding just canceled him out of the equation.

  1. Matt - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Even better name on the ballot you’re forgetting about – Sidney Crosby. Maybe I’m crazy, but I think these 3 Jackets players are having a better year than Sid right now. I realize this is publicity event more than anything, but Crosby on the list is just silly.

  2. rca26 - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    I know Marc-Andre Bergeron is an awful defender, but when he leads everyone in points…I mean come on, surely he can’t be any worse than Big Buff up in Winnipeg?

  3. cowboys282 - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    The NHL will look pretty silly when the All Star game is played and Tyler Seguin is not there. In 13 games he has 8 goals, 7 assists, and 15 points with a +11. The +11 being 1st in the league.

    From a marketing standpoint it makes no sense not to include the most popular player on the Stanley cup champion Bruins roster. The NHL needs to learn from other sports how to make the rising young superstars the face of the league. Come January there will be many less deserving All Stars then the likes of Seguin and Nugent-Hopkins and for whatever the reason the NHL wants to keep them home. It’s baffling. But then again it’s stuff like this as to why the NHL has always been a sports after thought in the United States.

  4. balewsquare - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    HAHAHAHA!!! At first I was like, “what’s with this weird ‘Jimmy’ writing?” ….Jimmy’s DOWN!!

    • Mike Halford - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      “That’s the guy who took the bread out of Jimmy’s mouth. Jimmy’s out of work because of you!”

  5. danphipps01 - Nov 11, 2011 at 2:54 AM

    Goaltenders: Miller, Brodeur, Kiprusoff, Hiller – what. Why. All of these people are playing badly. Enroth, Harding, Backstrom and Reimer are playing better. How, I don’t know, but they are. Miller’s getting pulled every couple of games!

    Defensemen: Bouwmeester – okay, I know he won’t get any votes, but that is not the point here. The point is, HE’S JAY BOUWMEESTER AND HE’S TERRIBLE. Bergeron couldn’t get his slot? Hell, Giordano couldn’t get his slot?

    Forwards: Crosby – hoy. Okay, on the one hand, marketing your stars is wise and how better to welcome him back than by inviting him to a game with practically no physical contact? In theory, it’s actually a good game for him to play in. It’s the All-Star game, it’s the least violent thing all year. On the other… come on, guys, it’s a little much, isn’t it? I mean, I’d sooner put Seguin up there than Crosby. It’s not like we can’t just wait for the next one, is it?

    And finally, a positive note – Jaromir Jagr on the ballot. That is awesome, and I hope he plays. It would be all kinds of cool to see the old man back in the All-Star game. I really hope this happens. Definitely worth serious consideration, especially with how well he’s playing.

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