The "top six" vote-getters for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game have been announced and – surprise surprise – a lot of them are Ottawa Senators. The game will be taking place in Ottawa this year on January 29.
Erik Karlsson received the most votes with Daniel Alfredsson coming in second. Those two players will be joined by their Senators teammates Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Dion Phaneuf and Tim Thomas have also been voted into the game. All of those players are from Eastern Conference teams and five of the six play their home games in Ontario.
Of course, this reminds us of the Montreal Canadiens All-Star Game voting controversy from a few years ago. Canadian fans sure love to vote. NHL.com has a full list of all vote leaders online. Somehow Sidney Crosby is listed sixth among forwards. Maybe the Penguins telling people to vote for him helped.
The league will be using the fantasy draft format from last year once again:
Following the overwhelming success of its debut at last year's All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 to divide the group into the two competing All-Star Teams, each comprised of 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.
That's a smart decision as the draft was much more interesting than the actual game last year. We're pretty sure that Phil Kessel won't be picked last again. We hope Ovechkin gets that honor this year.
Does anyone really care about who gets voted in? Does anyone actually care about the All-Star Game? Maybe we'll watch the draft and skip the actual game this time.