The NHL All-Star ballot came out today. Much to my surprise (insert sarcasm), Sydney Crosby was on the list... despite having not played a single NHL game this season.
First and foremost, the players that are placed on the All-Star ballot are players that are having a good season up to this point. Keep that in mind as this blog progresses.
I find this strange, that Crosby is on the ballot, and unfair for numerous players in the NHL. I understand that Crosby is the so called poster boy of the NHL. I also understand that he is a VERY good hockey player. Any other year, I would say put him on the all-star ballot without hesitation. However, this year is completely different.
Crosby is injured. He has not played a game at all this season. I don’t care that he hasn’t played all of last season. The All-Star game is meant for the current season. He has done nothing to deserve a spot on the NHL ballot this season. I’ll make a comparison to Tim Connolly for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He hasn’t played a single game this season either, why isn’t he on the All-Star ballot? Connolly could be having the year of his career, but he’s hurt, just like Crosby.
Crosby is solely on the ballot due to his performance in previous seasons. I understand that he would normally deserve a spot on the ballot. But anyone else (with the exception of Ovechkin) who would be injured up to this point in the season and not played in any games, would not be on the all-star ballot.
We can’t assume that Crosby would be having an all-star caliber season. If we’re going to assume that, assume it for every injured player right now who hasn’t played, and isn’t on the ballot. Odds are that Crosby would be having a good season, but he’s NOT. It’s not fair to the players who are having a good year, and won’t even be considered just because of the name “Sydney Crosby” is on the ballot.
All players in the NHL should be treated equally. Crosby, a great player, has not earned his spot on the ballot this season. When picking a player, pick someone who deserves a spot on the roster this year, not someone who is just a name, who hasn’t played 1 minute this NHL season.