All-Star voting: Fans' choices rule list

Ah, the freedom of choice.

For the second week in a row, voters are blazing their own trail by writing in a bevy of potential NHL All-Stars, starting with the two top vote-getting goaltenders, Montreal’s red-hot Carey Price and sensational Philadelphia rookie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Price actually climbed into second place in overall voting (145,726 votes) behind Sidney Crosby (218,791), while Steven Stamkos jumped into third overall with 141,818.

But, for us, it’s all about fans exercising their rights to ignore the NHL’s suggestions.

About 35 percent of the top 154 players receiving votes are write-ins with 6.11 million votes already cast.

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

Here is a look by position at how things are shaping up (* -- denotes write-in candidate; the NHL's results below reflect voting through Nov. 29):


Montreal fans are doing their job by keeping Price, who leads the league in wins and is tied for the most shutouts, at the top of the vote parade with 145,726 write-in ballots. Bob the Goalie is well behind at 116,725, but that’s not a bad showing considering no one knew who he was at the start of the season. Can the suddenly hot Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh close the gap?

*-Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 145,726

*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers, 116,725

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 92,095

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues, 78,168

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 76,967

*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings, 56,999

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, 56,967

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 46,633

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 40,140

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks 39,103

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 39,000

Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, 27,367

*-Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks, 21,489

*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals, 21,274

Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche, 18,765

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, 17,704

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 16,936

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, 12,587

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 11,682

Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, 11,313

*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks, 9,791

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 9,553

*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, 8,917

*-Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, 6,153

Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers, 5,152

Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers, 4,588


It’s interesting that 43 percent of the top defensemen are write-in candidates. Still, the closest race of the three positions involves current Norris Trophy champ Duncan Keith, who is less than 100 votes ahead of former Norris (and Hart) winner Chris Pronger. The two, of course, faced each other in last season’s Stanley Cup finals and were teammates on Canada’s 2010 gold-medal squad in Vancouver. Mr. Norris, Nicklas Lidstrom, is third, less than 3,000 votes behind Keith and Pronger. Unlike my colleague Pierre LeBrun, I pledge to remain fully clothed even if Lidstrom isn’t named one of the two All-Star captains.

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, 137,642

Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, 137,549

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, 134,626

*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, 115,862

Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, 110,599

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 94,606

Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks, 92,501

*-P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, 89,050

Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 80,572

Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, 67,873

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, 62,611

*-Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers, 59,138

Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 51,516

Marc Staal, New York Rangers, 47,396

Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 43,517

Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, 41,857

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 37,061

Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 36,710

Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, 34,316

Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, 32,284

Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators, 31,966

*-Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, 25,373

Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, 24,176

*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche, 21,533

Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks, 19,296

*-Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens, 19,287

*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins, 17,367

*-Daniel Girardi, New York Rangers, 13,708

*-Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs, 13,579

Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 12,942

*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 12,871

John Carlson, Washington Capitals, 11,965

Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers, 10,070

Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, 10,043

Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 9,623

Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, 8,606

*-Douglas Murray, San Jose Sharks, 7,977

*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks, 7,977

Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild, 7,672

*-Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes, 7,621

*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, 7,146

*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks, 7,137

*-Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, 6,938

*-Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues, 6,689

*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, 6,689

*-Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche, 5,977

*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh Penguins, 5,819

*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins, 5,122

*-Niklas Hjalmarsson. Chicago Blackhawks, 4,778

Mark Streit, New York Islanders, 4,154

Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers, 3,947


Up front, it’s a runaway for Pittsburgh captain Crosby, owner of a 13-game points streak after Monday’s win over the New York Rangers. He leads all vote-getters with 218,791 votes, miles ahead of the 141,818 tallied by Stamkos.

The battle for the other two forward spots behind Crosby will be intense, though, with Stamkos jumping up from fourth place. He is ahead of Jonathan Toews by just 2,248 votes. Alex Ovechkin lurks behind the top three; but Caps fans are notoriously tech savvy, so don’t think this is over yet.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, 218,791

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, 141,818

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, 139,570

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 120,966

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 108,649

Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens, 107,575

Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, 107,322

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 106,136

*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, 103,620

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, 96,577

Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, 96,216

Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, 93,652

*-Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, 93,528

Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, 77,671

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, 77,509

Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, 62,113

Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers, 61,464

Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings, 57,797

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 48,554

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 42,517

*-Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, 41,521

*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, 41,196

*-Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 38,551

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 38,462

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, 32,981

Marian Gaborik, Rangers, 32,134

Anze Kopitar, L.A. Kings, 31,923

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 29,432

*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 27,958

*-Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes, 26,481

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, 26,108

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, 25,545

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, 24,436

Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, 24,386

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 23,956

Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks, 23,481

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, 22,902

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, 20,800

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, 20,165

Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks, 20,063

Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, 17,938

*-Brandon Dubinsky, Rangers, 17,933

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, 17,894

T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues, 17,552

David Krejci, Boston Bruins, 16,810

Ryan Smyth, L.A. Kings, 16,465

*-Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, 16,189

Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, 15,751

Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, 15,401

Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 14,661

Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, 13,952

*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes, 13,332

*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes, 13,146

*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 12,879

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, 12,741

R.J. Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets, 12,676

*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks, 11,758

*-Ryan Callahan, Rangers, 11,260

Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, 10,487

Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, 10,440

Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, 10,137

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 9,691

John Tavares, New York Islanders, 8,844

*-Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins, 8,775

*-Justin Williams, L.A. Kings, 8,486

*-Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 8,114

Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, 7,891

*-David Perron, St. Louis Blues, 6,791

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, 6,656

Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, 5,999

*-Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, 5,565

*-Dustin Brown, L.A. Kings, 5,312

*-Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers, 5,302

*-Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens, 4,992

*-Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche, 4,779

*-Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars, 4,731

David Booth, Florida Panthers, 4,653