Off The Draw
Hockey fans—many of them from Chicago, apparently—cast more than 35 million votes to determine six starters for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. At forward are Latvian hero Zemgus Girgensons, of the Sabres, and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, of the Blackhawks. On the backline are Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, while in net is teammate Corey Crawford.
The NHL has filled out the rest of the roster. And it was no easy task, especially since the league wanted each franchise represented. There were more worthy candidates than there are spots available, and that meant there some All-Star-caliber players were snubbed when the league announced the remaining players on Saturday.
So who deserved the call? Taking on the delicate juggling act ourselves, and with an eye to offense—after all, who plays any defense in these glorified games of shinny?—we arrived at the following names (all stats as of Friday, Jan. 9):
• Shea Weber, Predators
Bona fides: second (tied) among defensemen in goals (10); fifth (tied) in scoring (28 points)
• Evgeni Malkin, Penguins
Bona fides: third (tied) in scoring (45 points); absolutely dominant of late