This is my first blog on this site, and will be one of many more into the future... I hope.
The players for the All-star Fan Ballots have been announced, and already there are a few notables left off...
Martin Gerber, Rod Brind'amour.... etc.
Now, using these two as prime examples, statistically they are among the best players in the league. Gerber leads the league in wins, Brind'amour is among the top 5 point getters. So how is it even possible that they can be passed up on the ballots?
The primary reason, I believe, is name recognition. While there are players such as Ray Emery (who has solidified himself as Gerber's backup with a couple shoddy performances) on the ballot, premier players in the league are not.
But this is just a minor situation on why the fan balloting process is flawed. By allowing the fans to vote as many times as they want, not only is it useful to hide the number of people that actually voted, but it becomes a popularity contest of the grandest scale. Expect to see another Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin, (insert big name player here) line starting for the east. Despite better the fact that there are far more deserving players of recognition out there.
At this point in time, In my opinion, Olli Jokinen is the best center in the Eastern conference, but when it comes down to fan voting time, if I had to guess, he won't even come close.
The all-star ballot's do a great injustice to some of the premier players in the league, and will continue to do so unless something is drastically changed.