If there was ever an exercise in futility, it would be picking players for an All Star Game. Whether it be punch ballots, online voting, or text messaging; there will always be something a tad unfair about the process. In a way it is by design. Fans are biased and root for players the like even if they may be less deserving than others. That’s just how it goes, and sometimes even Rory Fitzpatrick gets involved.
However, what doesn’t make sense is when the candidates don’t make much sense. Let’s try the Sabres picked or the 104 player ballot.
Teppo. Okay, I can live with that.
Seriously, out of all the people to pick on a loaded team, how do Numminen and Roy stand out thus far? Teppo has been solid and has five points, but when you have Jaroslav Spacek on your team how does he get the nod over him? Nine points and a +3 on a decimated defensive corps is pretty impressive, and quite the bounce back season in a contract year.
Then we have Derek Roy. He’s come on as of late, but he’s still averaging half a point per game on a team with five forwards ahead of him in team scoring. One of them is an All Star shoe in (Atlas), but where is Pominville’s nomination? You could make the argument that Kotalik has benefited from Vanek’s play and Clarke is taking advantage of a few injuries, but what about Jason’s strong play?
Let’s face it, he got the big pay raise over the summer for a reason, and he has been making some noise in the past few games, much of it his own doing. Not to say that Roy hasn’t been playing well, but if you had to put Derek or Jason on your ballot, which one would you pick?
Then again, this isn’t an exact science. From the Rink, of course, has all the hits and misses. Hey, at least they didn’t pick Connolly.