Because of the Olympics, there was no all-star game this year. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=ryan+miller&iid=7796197″ src=”d/b/6/2/Ottawa_Senators_v_6bf1.jpg?adImageId=10790833&imageId=7796197″ width=”234″ height=”158″ /]
But that shouldn’t stop me from coming up with my own list. Maybe this isn’t quite official, but I’m going to follow NHL rules for it. So that means it will be the Eastern conference against the Western conference, three goalies, every NHL team must have at least one player on the roster, and each side will have three goalies, six defencemen and twelve forwards. However, I’m not going to break players up for a rookie versus sophomore game.
So here is the official Ryan Coke Experience’s unofficial 2010 NHL all-star team.
G – Ryan Miller: The player most deserving to be here.
G – Martin Brodeur: Tied for league lead in shutouts, and tied for second in wins.
G – Tomas Vokoun: A losing record, but that’s because the team can’t score. Leads the league in save percentage, saves and tied in shutouts. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=mike+green+capitals&iid=7549063″ src=”b/9/a/8/Washington_Capitals_v_e9ee.jpg?adImageId=10790850&imageId=7549063″ width=”234″ height=”310″ /]
D – Mike Green: Despite not being named to Team Canada, leads defencemen in goals, assists and points.
D – Tomas Kaberle: Surprisingly third in the league in assists.
D – Chris Pronger: The most hated d-man in the league, but still a force.
D – Tobias Enstrom The easiest choice for the Thrashers representatives, but does deserve to be there.
D – Zdeno Chara: Having an off-year, but needed to choose someone from the Bruins.
D – Joni Pitkanen: Same as Chara. Had to choose a Hurricanes player. Pitkanen is the choice.
F- Alex Ovechkin: Leads league in goals and points.
F- Sidney Crosby: Surprise leader for goals.
F – Nick Backstrom: Fourth in the league in points. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Steven+Stamkos&iid=8119762″ src=”3/c/0/d/Tampa_Bay_Lightning_0809.jpg?adImageId=10790855&imageId=8119762″ width=”234″ height=”339″ /]
F – Steven Stamkos: Getting really good, really fast, despite Barry Melrose doing everything to screw him up.
F – Marian Gaborik: Imagine how many points he would have if he played with half-decent linemates.
F – Martin St. Louis: Great comeback season by St. Louis. Maybe the Habs trade rumours should be for this guy instead.
F – Mike Fisher: Could have been Alfredsson in this spot, but I wanted to reward Fisher for his career year.
F – Evgeni Malkin: You think he’s having an off-year, but he is 13th in the league in points.
F – Ilya Kovalchuk: This guy should be near the league leaders in goals every year. Will be interesting to see where he signs.
F – Zach Parise: I thought the Devils were going to play low-scoring games. What’s up with his 61 points?
F – Tomas Plekanec: The Habs representative. Having a career year in a contract year.
F – Matt Moulson: Tough choice. Leads the Islanders in goals.
Western conference [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Jonathan+Quick&iid=7780179″ src=”e/6/6/b/Los_Angeles_Kings_102c.jpg?adImageId=10790864&imageId=7780179″ width=”234″ height=”297″ /]
G – Jonathan Quick: The surprise goalie of the season. Leads league in wins.
G – Evgeni Nabokov: A crazy 34-7 win-loss record.
G – Ilya Bryzgalov: Where would the Coyotes be without him. Among the league leaders in almost every category.
D – Duncan Keith: He’ll be making these all-star teams for the next 10 years.
D – Drew Doughty: Like Keith, except change the number to 15.
D – Lubomir Visnovsky: Edmonton’s representative, but deserves to be there. Has 32 points, and only a minus three on the worst team in the league. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Marek+Zidlicky&iid=7545265″ src=”f/7/d/f/Minnesota_Wild_v_7b12.jpg?adImageId=10790873&imageId=7545265″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]
D – Marek Zidlicky: Top 10 in the league in points.
D – Nicklas Lidstrom: Slow start to the year, but still getting it done. Has 35 points and is a plus 20.
D – Shea Weber: Booming shot. Has 11 goals and 35 points.
F – Henrik Sedin: Proved he could play great even without his twin brother.
F – Joe Thornton: Leads league in assists, but needs to prove he can do something in the post-season.
F – Patrick Kane: Quietly in the top ten in points.
F – Dany Heatley: Slowed down from the beginning of the year, but easy to see why the Sharks traded for him.
F – Brad Richards: 66 points so far this year. Underrated player and leader. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Patrick+Kane&iid=7922220″ src=”e/a/b/3/IL_Atlanta_Thrashers_f506.jpg?adImageId=10790884&imageId=7922220″ width=”234″ height=”352″ /]
F – Andy MacDonald: Needed someone from the Blues.
F – Anze Kopitar: Leading the Kings to the playoffs.
F – Ryan Getzlaf: Thought he would have more goals than 17 at this point, but still getting it done by being more of a playmaker.
F – Rick Nash: Pretty good when 28 goals and 57 points is a bit of an off-year.
F – Jarome Iginla: Calgary’s representative, but starting to slow down.
F – Mikko Koivu: Top 25 in points, top 15 in assists, top 10 in faceoffs, and one of top leaders on the team.
F – Paul Stastny: Has 54 points for the surprising Avalanche team.
Never made it: Roberto Louongo, Marc-Andre Fleury, Dan Boyle, Brian Campbell, Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson, Patrick Marleau, Sergei Gonchar, Alexander Semin