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11-25-2008, 12:50 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
The problem is that since every team must be represented, there will players that deserve to be there left out.
I see Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Lecavalier, Chara, Brodeur (if he gets healthy by then), Heatley and maybe Staal are locks due to their stardom.
Barring some huge slump, players like Vanek, Gagne, Savard, Semin, Parise, Lundqvist, Markov are safe bets.
Then you get into representing each team. If he comes back, Dipietro will represent the Isles, Kaberle for the Leafs, and probably Bouwmeester or Ballard for the Isles.
That brings the total to 10 forwards, 2 defenseman and 2 goalies, leaving 2 forward, 3 defense and 1 goalie spot open. For forwards, that's especially competitive. They have to two among: Alfredsson, Richards, Carter, St. Louis, Kovalev, Zherdev, Weight, Backstrom and others. Now when you factor in that Habs fans are stuffing the box to get undeserving players there, the likelihood of the Flyers getting both Carter and Richards to the ASG is pretty slim.
Then again, there will probably be several spots open because of injuries. We'll have to wait and see.
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