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02-05-2013, 04:28 PM
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I am not going to agree with the premise that all star game appearances are a meaningful measure of anything. Also I think it is more difficult to be 'a star' as a defenseman as you don't have the obvious goals and points to point to. I mean how many star defensemen are there in the league regardless of where they were picked?

So looking at all the first five picks from '00-'09 how many are currently 'stars?'

1 NY Islanders John Tavares
2 Tampa Bay Victor Hedman
3 Colorado Matt Duchene
4 Atlanta Evander Kane
5 Los Angeles Brayden Schenn

1 Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos
2 Los Angeles Drew Doughty
3 Atlanta Zach Bogosian
4 St. Louis Alex Pietrangelo
5 Toronto Luke Schenn

1 Chicago Patrick Kane
2 Philadelphia James Van Riemsdyk
3 Phoenix Kyle Turris
4 Los Angeles Thomas Hickey
5 Washington Karl Alzner

1 St. Louis Erik Johnson
2 Pittsburgh Jordan Staal
3 Chicago Jonathan Toews
4 Washington Nicklas Backstrom
5 Boston Phil Kessel

1 Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby
2 Anaheim Bobby Ryan
3 Carolina Jack Johnson
4 Minnesota Benoit Pouliot
5 Montreal Carey Price

1 Washington Alexander Ovechkin
2 Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin
3 Chicago Cam Barker
4 Carolina Andrew Ladd
5 Phoenix Blake Wheeler

1 Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury
2 Carolina Eric Staal
3 Florida Nathan Horton
4 Columbus Nikolai Zherdev
5 Buffalo Thomas Vanek

1 Columbus Rick Nash
2 Atlanta Kari Lehtonen
3 Florida Jay Bouwmeester
4 Philadelphia Joni Pitkanen
5 Pittsburgh Ryan Whitney

1 Atlanta Ilya Kovalchuk
2 Ottawa Jason Spezza
3 Tampa Bay Alexandr Svitov
4 Florida Stephen Weiss
5 Anaheim Stanislav Chistov

1 NY Islanders Rick DiPietro
2 Atlanta Dany Heatley
3 Minnesota Marian Gaborik
4 Columbus Rostislav Klesla
5 NY Islanders Raffi Torres

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