Does Alexander Ovechkin Deserve To Be At The All-Star Game?
The NHL announced the full list of players that have been picked to take part in the 2012 All-Star game. Fan voting and a penchant for trying to include at least one player from each team often leads to a few questionable players getting an invite—this year is no exception.
The All-Star roster will include such stars as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, as well as a number of Ottawa Senators, many of whom had been voted in by the Ottawa fans.
While there is no guarantee that every fan will be satisfied with all of the All-Star choices, the NHL does a good job of trying to accommodate at least one player from each NHL team, while off-setting some of the fans insane voting with those players that are most deserving.
One player that received a questionable nod is Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, who, as great as he is in the minds of many, currently sits 15th overall in points for his position, owns a team-worst minus-8 rating and is sitting 25th overall in goals scored and a distant 48th in the scoring race.
When you consider Ovechkin’s overall numbers this season one has to ask—does Ovechkin really deserve to be at the All-Star game?
Sure, Ovechkin has undeniable star power and yes, Ovechkin is an exciting player to watch at the skills competition. That said, Ovechkin has hardly looked like a true All-Star this season, which brings into question his nomination.
As a fan of the Maple Leafs I have to admit there was a side of me that was hoping Ovechkin would be left off the All-Star roster. Let’s not forget, Ovechkin was front and centre snapping photo’s with his phone and laughing out loud when Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel was selected last in last years All-Star draft.
Should Ovechkin have been left off the All-Star roster it would have served as some very sweet revenge for Kessel and Leaf fans alike. Sadly, this is not the case, but a strong argument could be made that the “great eight” should have been left off the All-Star roster.
The NHL has a history of inviting older players and legends of the game to the All-Star game as a way to reward the player for their long time service and/or reward the fans.
When you consider Ovechkin’s body of work, he deserves to be at the All-Star game. That said, isn’t the All-Star game supposed to be about this season? And, if that is the case, do any of Ovechkin’s numbers scream All-Star worthy?
Fact is, Ovechkin does not deserve to be in the All-Star game. Anyone who sees it differently—you need to see an Optometrist!
Until next time,