Saturday, January 12, 2008

Brian Campbell selected as the lone Sabre at the all star game

Brian Campbell will be going to his second straight all star game, but unlike last year which saw three Buffalo players in the starting line up, Campbell in the only Sabre this year.

However, like last year the choices for the all star game come across as a little awkward, as the NHL's policy of inviting at least one player from each team leaves quite an odd mix of players in the game. Last year Thomas Vanek wasn't invited to the game despite getting the fifth highest in fan votes as a write in candidate, This year former Sabre Danny Briere who had the fourth most votes, and was the all star game MVP last year, was not named to this years team for no real reason. Also Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun made the team ahead of better goalies like Tim Thomas and Marty Biron.

Out west things are even stranger. The Chicago Blackhawks representative is defensemen Duncan Keith. How he gets picked of Kane, Toews, Khabibulin, Byfuglien, or Ruutu is beyond me. Then in Vancouver Luongo decided to sit out of the all-star game to have a baby (technically his wife) so the league had to pick between the Swedish Twins. They picked Henrick over Daniel, despite the fact that the two have near identical stats. Henrik has 524 NHL games to Daniel's 520, while Danial has 346 points to Henrik's 344. For two identical twins on the same team to have such close numbers is so improbable.

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