Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers waves to fans prior to the start of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the New York Rangers on January 2, 2012 in Philadelphia. Hartnell is considered by some to be worthy of a spot on the All-Star roster, even though he wasn't named to the team this year. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Not everyone can be an All-Star, but that hasn't stopped many in the Twitterverse from railing against the
selections because the apple of their hockey eye wasn't named to this
year's All-Star game in Ottawa.
Not everyone can be an all-star. The sheer numbers alone dictate that - of the nearly 900 NHLers that have played in the league this season, there are only 42 spots in the 'mid-winter classic.'
That hasn't stopped many in the Twitterverse from railing against the selections because the apple of their hockey eye wasn't named to this year's All-Star game in Ottawa
And so, I present a video case -- in lieu of the twitter appeals from fans of athletes left out of the celebrations -- for your viewing pleasure.
First off are honourable mentions, going to players who have legitimate reasons for missing out.
The first goes to Anaheim Ducks ageless wonder Teemu Selanne, who passed on his nod to teammate (and defending Hart Trophy champion) Corey Perry. Here he is assisting to another teammate, Nik Hagman, with a flip pass in Selanne's return to Winnipeg:
The other goes to injured Edmonton OIlers forward Jordan Eberle, who is out with a knee injury (that has yet to be determined in severity) but is top 10 in scoring in the league, in only his second year in the NHL, and stars in hihglights such as this:
Now to the meat and potatoes of this blog - the players who neither passed along their nomination or are watching the game while elevating an injured body part. These players, despite their (below featured) skills and accomplishments this year, will either be watching the game from home or, you know, taking the weekend off to go ice fishing.
5. Patrik Elias
Speaking of ageless wonders, Elias has helped along a sometimes offensively-beleaguered New Jersey Devils team that is forced to win most of its games (okay, well, one-third of their 24 wins) in the shootout. Elias, 35, has 15 goals and 40 points in 42 games this season, including helping out in the shootout like so:
4. Craig Anderson
Okay. I get it. The Senators already have four players in their hosted ASG, but c'mon. This team was projected for a long and painful year in the basement of the league but currently reside in the top five of the East and a lot of that has to do with the man between the pipes.
As of Friday morning, he's played 40 games, the most this year in the NHL, and is third in wins. Plus he's posted select saves such as this:
*Note: The Senators came back to win that game 6-4; and you can't say that save didn't spark something on their bench.
3. Nicklas Backstrom
Alex who? Ovechkin? Since the Great 8 has been experiencing a power outage for most of the season (48th in points, compared to 16th for Backstrom), this Swedish centreman has carried the load for the Washington Capitals, including notching four game-winning goals (Ovechkin has one).
2. Kris Versteeg
Seventeen goals, 39 points and one of chief reasons why the cobbled-together Florida Panthers sit in third in the East. Perhaps the Cats were slighted as a team despite their surprising start, only sending Brian Campbell to Ottawa. However, I haven't seen Campbell do this:
*Much credit to fellow Panther Stephen Weiss for the nifty pass
1. Scott Hartnell
It seems popular hashtag #Hartnelldown could soon be replaced by #Hartnellrobbed.
The Flyers forward is flourishing this season, 19 goals and 38 points is good enough for 25th in league scoring, he's a +18, and has stepped up on a Philadelphia team that has been dealt its fair share of injury woes (as well as under the Winter Classic spotlight/microscope and obligatory film cameras stalking the team for over a month).
Justin PiercyOriginally from Fredericton, NB, Justin has worked in newsrooms for Astral Media Radio, Brunswick News Inc., the Toronto Star and CTV. But now he's here at CBCSports.ca to report on the sports you care about while also showing you stuff from the internet he thinks you might like.