All-Star voting: What fans are getting right, wrong

Like the NHL scoring race, Sidney Crosby is beginning to run away with the All-Star fan voting, as well. Updated ballots Tuesday showed the Penguins captain leading all NHL players with 319,809 votes, more than doubling his teammate Evgeni Malkin, who sits in fifth place among forwards.

Voting runs through Jan. 3 as fans will select the All-Star starters, while team captains will pick the rest of the teams for the All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30.

Here is a look at how things are shaping up (* -- denotes write-in candidate; the NHL's results below reflect voting through Dec. 6):


Claude Giroux, the pride of Hearst in Northern Ontario, leads all write-in candidates among forwards with 147,993 votes. Inexplicably, Sean Avery is the next highest in write-in votes among forwards, which just goes to show that, like the All-Star Game itself, the voting can sometimes be a total joke.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Penguins, 319,809

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, 196,792

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, 191,265

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 168,684

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 159,119

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 152,859

Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, 151,354

Michael Cammalleri Montreal Canadiens, 150,544

*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, 147,993

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, 138,204

Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, 132,826

Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, 131,799

Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, 125,905

Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, 113,307

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, 110,060

Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings, 82,550

Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, 81,130

Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers, 80,336

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 71,404

*-Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 64,450

*-Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, 62,611

*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, 61,711

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 52,974

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 48,354

*-Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes, 43,900

Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, 42,275

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, 39,069

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, 38,593

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, 36,274

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 35,904

*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 34,406

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, 31,355

Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, 31,066

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, 29,898

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, 29,862

Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks, 29,427

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 29,235

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, 26,560

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, 26,031

Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks, 25,664

Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers, 23,464

Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, 22,854

*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 22,008

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, 21,952

Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, 21,283

David Krejci, Boston Bruins, 20,917

T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues, 20,342

Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings, 19,792

Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, 18,404

*-Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, 18,325

Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 17,864

Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, 16,858

R.J. Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets, 15,844

*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes, 15,571

*-Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers, 15,310

*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes, 14,910

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, 14,605

*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks, 14,223

Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, 12,729

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 12,097

Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, 11,937

Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, 11,403

*-Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, 10,707

John Tavares, New York Islanders, 10,480

*-Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 10,341

*-Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins, 10,266

Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, 9,774

*-Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, 9,528

Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, 8,546

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, 8,470

*-David Perron, St. Louis Blues, 7,615

*-Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche, 7,127

*-Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers, 7,023

*-Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens, 6,685

*-Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres, 6,542

*-Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, 6,494

*-Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins, 6,219

*-Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars, 5,688

*-Daniel Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, 5,610

David Booth, Florida Panthers, 5,617


Kris Letang, a write-in candidate, is having a Norris Trophy-worthy season and the fans have noticed, giving him the lead among blueliners with 210,807 votes. No offense to Letang, who deserves attention for his wonderful season, but it’s a complete travesty that Nicklas Lidstrom doesn’t lead this list.

*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, 210,807

Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, 194,602

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, 188,744

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, 187,818

Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, 156,461

*-P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, 127,112

Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks, 126,394

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 115,928

Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 108,092

Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, 97,601

Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers, 95,632

Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 79,762

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, 78,132

Marc Staal, New York Rangers, 64,079

Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 56,630

Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, 52,167

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 45,334

Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 44,760

Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, 43,703

Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, 39,510

Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators, 39,342

*-Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, 31,147

Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, 29,078

*-Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens, 27,901

*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins, 27,775

*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche, 27,479

Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks, 24,552

*-John Carlson, Washington Capitals, 19,581

*-Daniel Girardi, New York Rangers, 18,173

Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 17,623

*-Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs, 16,953

Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers, 15,968

*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 14,523

Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, 12,242

Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 11,830

Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, 10,919

*-Douglas Murray, San Jose Sharks, 10,643

*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks, 9,526

*-Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, 9,171

Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild, 9,077

*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, 8,759

*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks, 8,705

*-Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes, 8,602

*-Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche, 8,021

*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, 7,755

*-Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues, 7,531

*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh Penguins, 7,115

*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins, 6,125

*-Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks, 6,108

Mark Streit, New York Islanders, 5,196

*-Hal Gill, Montreal Canadiens, 5,130

Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers, 4,713


Carey Price continues to lead all goalies despite not being on the original ballot, as the write-in candidate and early-season Vezina Trophy candidate has 209,025 votes. Tim Thomas should be right there with him, but is ranked fourth. Go figure. The fans saw fit to put Marc-Andre Fleury third in voting even though he took the first month of the season off before getting back his game. Ah, the joy of fan balloting!

*-Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 209,025

*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers, 169,680

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 152,264

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 101,391

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues, 94,213

*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings, 84,137

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, 71,954

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 57,495

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 50,665

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks, 48,513

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 47,957

Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, 34,670

*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals, 28,852

*-Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks, 27,642

Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche, 23,662

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, 21,158

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 20,043

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 14,923

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, 14,335

Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, 14,149

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 11,969

*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks, 11,163

*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, 10,823

*-Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, 8,131

*-Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, 7,207

Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers, 6,425

*-Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals, 6,024

Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers, 5,461