Ovechkin Trails Badly in All-Star Voting

Posted by Dave Nichols | Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | , , | 0 comments »

Reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin, with 25 goals and 24 assists, third in the league in points and the only player in the top 15 in both goals and assists, currently ranks sixth among forward in fan voting for the NHL All-Star team.

Ovechkin, with 436,000+ votes, trail Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (both over 1,270,000 votes) and a trio of Canadiens (Alexi Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay, all over 1,000,000 votes).

That's right, Ovechkin has less than half the votes of Alex Tanguay.

Of course, the same knuckleheads that have Crosby and Malkin atop the forwards list also have Sergei Gonchar, who has yet to play this season, in second among defensemen with over 1,050,000 votes. And Ryan Whitney, another Penguin who has played in exactly three games, is fourth in votes among defensemen, with 1,010,000.

Now, I understand stuffing the ballot box for the home team, but isn't this just a little ridiculous?

Just another reason to despise the black and gold.