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Everywhere Man: Ovechkin makes NHL’s first- and second-All Star Teams

Jul 3, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

The NHL has announced that Alex Ovechkin has been named to its 2013 All-Star team.

Check that — teams.

Ovechkin, the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, received enough votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association to earn the right wing spot on the first team…and enough votes to earn the left wing spot on the second team.

The news, as you’d expect, has drawn some criticism:

Larry Brooks, New York Post

Craig Custance, ESPN

Stephen Whyno, Canadian Press

Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo!

This development overshadowed the fact other players were awarded for their achievements this season (and no, not every spot went to Ovechkin).

Here are the All-Star Teams:

First Team

G: Sergei Bobrovsky

D: P.K. Subban

D: Ryan Suter

RW: Alex Ovechkin

C: Sidney Crosby

LW: Chris Kunitz

Second Team

G: Henrik Lundqvist

D: Kris Letang

D: Francois Beauchemin

RW: Martin St. Louis

C: Jonathan Toews

LW: Alex Ovechkin

In case you’re curious, the PHWA did send out an email to members specifying that Ovechkin had been playing right wing this season.

So,  on the premise left wing votes were erroneous, it’s Edmonton’s Taylor Hall getting the shaft. He finished third among all left wingers in voting, with 205 — 12 fewer than Ovechkin.

  1. kyzslew77 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    JOURNALISM! Woo hoo!

  2. colby7 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    It’s like 10 players names, nobody along the way took the time to actually take a glance and review it? Seriously a Bloggers Union would of done a better job.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    They all felt bad for him after all of the whining and crying he did vs the Rangers in the playoffs

    • bohman88 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      You obviously missed the Boston vs Pittsburgh series. Was this a mistake? Yes. Am I surprised the lower end of the Pittsburgh fan base chimed in? No.

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    So many players are listed wrong positionally this doesn’t surprise me. I know on NHL.com, the official player stats list Giroux as a right wing and Neal as a left wing. I noticed those two specifically since they were wrong last year and still didn’t change this year. It’s really not that surprising that something like this happens. Just do two wings in general if you aren’t going to take the time to properly list the players’ positions. It’s just confusing for fans. If I didn’t watch those 2 players enough to know where they play, I would be misled and confused when looking stuff up about them. I’m sure I’ve done it with other players when it comes to teams I don’t watch as much in the league. It is a little surprising it happened with such a high profile player, though. You’d think the people voting on this would know what position the elite regulars play.

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  5. ironyisadeadscene - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Double shifting?

  6. pensman29 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Wow I’m happily surprised Kunitz got the call for the first team lw. And 3 of the 10 skaters are penguins… But 2 if those ten are ovechkins…

    • biasedhomer - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      So Ovechkin alone is worth 2/3 of the Pens?

  7. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Players are also shifted during the year to do coaching maneuvers and injuries. I agree with the others, just list as a wing.

    I’m also curious as to where Patrick Kane placed in the voting – 5th in points in regular season and a +/- 11, tied for 2nd in points in the playoffs.

    • mb65dod - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      It is nice to see that there is no East coast bias…

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Guess the writers looked mostly at point for the D position. Letang played on a team that was in the bottom half of the league defensively and in the Islander and Boston, games up 3 goals a game. Duncan Keith had a decent amount of points. and was the leader of a Hawks defense that was #1 in the league. Guess 2 way play is not that big a factor with the “professional writing crowd”. But then they also made the Pens the favorites at the start of the playoffs (and I posted detailed assessment how how the Hawks were so much better), then made the Bruins the favorites during the finals.

    • GH - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Duncan Keith is a heck of a player, but I’m not above having Letang in there above him. First, this is a regular season award so the postseason is completely irrelevant. Second, I’m not sure what metric you are using for the Pens Defense, but they were 12th in GA/G – not great but in the top half of the league. Finally, he was a +16 which is the same as Duncan Keith – except he did it in front of worse goaltending and in large part an equal offense… so all things being equal, Letang and his tie for league-lead in points trumps Keith.

      Again, Keith is a heckuva player, but Letang had the better regular season.

  9. tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Can they not just fix this and put Hall on the 2nd team? How is this so difficult?

    • stakex - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Probably because this is what the voters did. Its a mistake on the part of the voters no doubt, but the leaders of the PHWA likely don’t want to be seen as changing what the voters did. After all, if the vote can just be changed like that…. what validity does it have?

      Again that’s not to say this isn’t a big mistake, but voters make mistakes sometimes and those mistakes have to be lived with.

  10. dgbk - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I think its well deserved he is clearly that awesome.. I assume when they dump the puck for line changes alex will handle that because he never leaves the ice….

  11. 19to77 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Hell, why not write him in as a defenseman, too? He actually backchecked like three or four times this season. Should have been shortlisted for the Norris. Travesty.

  12. sdelmonte - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Yeah, but he’s no Bugs Bunny.

  13. killerpgh - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    This is way all NHL awards should be voted on by the NHL Teams front office, coaches and players. If the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association can screw this up why should they get a pick the Hart, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng, Selke and the Masterson every year?

  14. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Nick Cotsonika ✔ @cotsonika

    The Ovechkin all-star vote is an embarrassment to the PHWA. No excuses. Period.

    Exactly! Couldn’t have said it better.

  15. banger60 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    was the KGB involved?

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