According to this, http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=510180, the NHL is going to punish guys who skip the All-Star game. This is stupid. Let's hope they all get punished and not just a few or else it will be really stupid, not just stupid.
Sidney Crosby (Penguins)- Sid the Kid will be an All-Star every year he is in the league, thats the way the NHL wants it. He is second in the league in assists and points. He will miss the game with an injury, no word on if he will be punished or not.
Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)- Malkin is proving that maybe he should be called the "next one" instead of Crosby. The best player on the Penguins leads the league in points with 70 (10 more than anyone else) and he leads the league in assists with 51 (eight more than anyone else). He also has two more goals than Crosby.
Dany Heatley (Senators)- He is putting together another consistent season. 43 points is not bad, especially the way his team has been playing. However I still think Heatley should be in a different facility than a hockey rink.
Vincent Lecavalier (Lightning)- He started out slow, but looks like he may reach his usual numbers. He is one of the better players in the league. He has a chance to lead his team to greatness (in the distant future).
Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)- What can you say about this guy? His 31 goals leads the league and he is turning in another MVP season. He is also doing more for his team, making them a legit contender instead of a 3 who should be a 9.
Zach Parise (Devils)- Any idea where this kid came from? He is one of the great surprises from this season. He is third in goals with 28 and could eclipse 45. That is a solid season in this day an age.
Marc Savard (Bruins)- Savard is bringing the Bruins back. He is one of the most important players on that team and is turning in a solid season. He is turning into a complete player, he can pass (40 assists) and score (16 goals). He is on pace to set new career highs (28 goals, 78 assists).
Eric Staal (Hurricanes)- He is a very consistent player and developing into one of the best on his team and in the league. He too has a chance to return his team to greatness (in the not to distant future).
Martin St. Louis (Lightning)- He is replacing Crosby on the roster and the small forward is turning in a pretty good season. He is Tampa's leading scorer and along with Lecavalier he will lead his team to good things in the future.
East Offensive Snubs
Zdeno Chara (Bruins)- The biggest man in the NHL is turning in perhaps his best defensive season of his career. The Norris candidate is one of the best defenseman on the league when it comes to the power play.
East Defensive Snubs
Carey Price (Canadiens)- Price is a great young goalie with a bright future. However, don't be surprised if his head coach, Guy Carbonneau, asks Claude Julien to pull him early on in the first. Price has been fighting the injury bug.
East Goalie Snubs