The Top 5 Biggest All-Star Snubs of 2015

Let’s start the debate now of which players should have made the All-Star Team. I for one am not a fan at all of the way the All-Star Game is currently set up. I was not a fan of this draft-style game in 2012 and I am sure not a fan of it in 2015.

The NHL does not have it right in this fantasy draft system and player selection. Some of the best players in the world were left off the All-Star team this year. As far as the game there is just no catch to me or appeal.

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First time All-Star Jake Voracek, who leads the NHL currently in points with 50, is one player that was very deserving of his selection. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

In my opinion the All-Star Game should be East versus West or North America versus the World. As far as the selection process, I don’t know if the fans should have the power anymore to select  players. It is a joke that Zemgus Girgensons is in the game, and players such as Jamie Benn, Joe Pavelski, and  Pavel Datsyuk are not.

There should be a committee of knowledgeable hockey minds, hockey analytics departments even, and NHL team representatives. This group should meet once per year, decide who the best players in the league have been on the season, and select the players. The format of the  game should be East versus West or North America versus the World. Then there would be a true All-Star Game again. I want to see a game that includes all of the best players for that particular hockey season. Here are my top 5 players that should have been All-Stars this season.

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The Stars captain Jamie Benn is another player that should be an All-Star. (Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE)

5) John Carlson

Carlson anchors the Caps blueline and plays dominant at even strength, plays power play, and kills penalties for Washington. He has 30 points in 40 games from the Caps blueline and is a +14. On this day, which is his 25th birthday, an All-Star selection would have been nice.

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Carlson has been the best defenseman on the Caps this season. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Is Better Than 2015  All-Star: Erik Johnson- Johnson has 12 goals and 22 points for the Avalanche this season. However he is not near the level of a John Carlson, Erik Karlsson, or an Alex Pietrangelo.

4) James van Riemsdyk

An All-Star game should feature the best players at their position for that season. JVR is 2nd in points among all LW in the NHL with 40, and that should be good enough to make the All-Star team. He is a very good power forward.  JVR is  underrated and would have been spectacular on a line with Phil Kessel in an All-Star game where defense is not stressed.

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JVR and Kessel should be a package deal for the All-Star Game ! (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Is Better Than 2015  All-Star: Zemgus Girgensons– Girgensons can thank his home country of Latvia and the city of Buffalo for this one. He is a product of the voting system and the one player per team rule. The 2012 first round pick has 20 points in 43 games this season

3) Pavel Datsyuk

Datsyuk is an elite two-way forward and has 30 points in 30 games this season. His dangles and backhand top shelf shootout move will be missed.

Pavel Datsyuk is the perennial 2-way forward… and he’s Russian (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Datsyuk is still one of the best players in hockey. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Is Better Than 2015 All-Star: Ryan Johansen – Johansen is a good hockey player and I understand Columbus needs players to cheer for at this game. However, Datsyuk should be on the team over him.

2) Max Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty is a premier power forward in the National Hockey League that can snipe. The fact that he is not in the All-Star game is ridiculous. The potential future captain of the Montreal Canadiens has  17 goals, 15 assists, 32 points, and is a +22 in 40 games this season.

Max Pacioretty is one of four players who have a very good chance at taking home the Masterton Trophy this summer (Icon SMI)
Max Paciortty leads Montreal in points this season andwill not be heading to Columbus in a few weeks. (Icon SMI)

Is Better Than 2015 All-Star: Radim Vrbata– In 36 games this season Radim Vrbata has 16 goals, 13 assists, 29 points, and is a -1. He is talented player, but is a product of playing with the Sedins.

1) Nicklas Backstrom

Backstrom is 15th in the NHL in points this season and has 13 goals, 27 assists, and 40 points in 40 games. The Swede centers the top line in Washington and is the quarterback of their power play. He is one of the best passers in the world.

Washington Capitals NICKLAS BACKSTROM - Photo by Andy Martin Jr
Backstrom’s swag and flow will not be in the All-Star Game this season Photo by Andy Martin Jr

Is Better Than 2015 All-Star: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins– RNH has 25 points in 40 games and is only a minus 5, which for an Oilers player is pretty good. However, besides Taylor Hall (who was not selected) we don’t need any Oilers players in an All-Star game.

Bonus) Dany Heatley

Heatley registered a few shifts with the Ducks this season and scored 50 goals in ’07.

Is Better Than  2015 All-Star: Everyone

Agree or Disagree with this List? Do you like the draft system in the All-Star Game? Who else should have been an All-Star in 2015? Let us know in the comments

7 thoughts on “The Top 5 Biggest All-Star Snubs of 2015”

  1. I think it’s probably in the best interest of everyone to just scrap the whole All Star weekend/game altogether. The voting system is a complete farce each year, no matter what they do. It’s a novel idea, of course, but really serves no purpose for the players other than risking injuries. While Backstrom deserves to be selected I’m glad he isn’t, he is better served taking those couple of days off to rest and recover. Doing the All Star game in the middle of the season is also silly. They should do it at the end of the season, and then chosen perhaps based on who wins the various awards and their respective runners up, or perhaps the best players of each team as chosen by the team itself.

  2. Is anyone in the NHL aware that the Islanders still exist? Three players from Columbus, five from Chicago, and the Islanders who have more points than 27 teams, have one.

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