HFNHL All-Star Candidates. Pimp your players thread
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HFNHL Chicago Blackhawks All-Star Candidates:
Leading Candidates for the Hawks to make the Western Conference All-Stars are:
Joe Pavelski C/RW
Daymond Langkow C
Duncan Keith D
Mike Green D
Jose Theodore G
Joe Pavelski - The leader of the Blackhawks. When he's clicking the team is nearly untouchable. Leads the team in Goals (20), Assists (25), and Points (45), and shots (146). Tied for the team lead in hits with 63.
Daymond Langkow - a big free agent acquisition and one of the major catalysts as to why the Hawks are in the push for the playoffs still. Second on the team in Points (37) and third in Goals (14). Leads in Plus / Minus at +10
Duncan Keith - continues to be a leader on the ever improving Blackhawks Defence. Effective in both ends of the rink. Leads Hawks defensemen with 10 Goals and 28 Points. Is a +8 and has 0 PIMs so far in 2011-12. Has 61 Blocked Shots while averaging a team high 26.62 minutes per game. Has 6 PPG. 42 Takeaways.
Mike Green - has 8 Goals and 22 Points on the Second pairing for the Hawks. 59 Blocked Shots while logging 23.01 minutes. 12 Powerplay Points.
Jose Theodore - 23 Wins 0.924 PCT. 2.42 G.A.A 1164 SA. Not the best numbers but amongst the league leaders in every statistical category.
The Hurricanes are pimping the following players for the Eastern conference team.
Anze Kopitar - what else needs to be said the guy is leading the HFNHL in scoring with 18 goals and 47 assists for 65 points. he is 13 points ahead of the next closest player. He has helped lead the clubs powerplay which is clicking at a rate of 35% currently tops in the league.
Rich Peverley - Has been playing right wing with Kopitar all year and he leads the Hurricanes in goals with 22 good for 9th in the HFNHL just 3 behind the league leader. He has 45 points on the year good for 3rd in the HFNHL amongst right wingers.
Vinny Prospal - The 3rd member of our top line Prospal has 11 goals and 41 points from the left wing. He is 12th overall amongst left wingers in the HFNHL only 9 points behind the leader. A handful of players a head of him also qualify as centers.
Christian Erhoff - He has been the leader on the back end for our club. He has 11 goals and 27 points good for 3rd in the HFNHL amongst dmen. He has the most goals of any dman. He is 2nd in the league in shots blocked and has the most minutes played of any player in the entire HFNHL.
Dwayne Roloson - We acquired him last year at the deadline believing that he was the goalie that we needed to contend. At this point he has proven us right. a 2.27 GAA has him 7th in the league. His .922 sv% is good for 12th amongst goalies and his 23 wins are good for 4th. Just 3 wins behind the leader who has played 4 more games.
-Leads the entire HFNHL with 25 goals in 40 games. Is 9th in the HFNHL with 46 points. 9 PPG's is 5th in the league. Has 4 GWG and 6 GTG. 13 times a star of the game, 8 #1 stars! Also is a great defensive forward, currently +10 and is the leader on our 8th ranked PK unit while taking a total of 0 penalties.
Ryan Kesler C
-Has 45 points, 30 assists is 4th overall in the league. 8th in the league at faceoffs. Kesler is one of the most physical forwards in the league, 4th in hits delivered and in hits taken.
Shane Doan LW/RW
-37 points (15 goals) in 40 games is tremendous when you realize he doesn't play with Kesler and Zetterberg. Doan is a team high +15 while many competitors especially true RW's are in the minuses.
Nicklas Lidstrom D
-Admittedly he probably won't get a starting spot, but should still be an All-Star. Having a good year with 20 points and a +7. 17 points at even strength. I don't see the defenders among the scoring leaders playing 112 minutes on the PK like Lidstrom has.
Roberto Luongo G
-Luongo is the best goaltender in the East. Among the East goalies; #1 GAA, #1 save percentage, tied for #1 in wins, 16 times a star of the game (4 #1 stars) while playing every minute and facing the most shots in the entire league.
The Blue Jackets are in an interesting situation. They are right in the thick of things in the incredibly competitive Western Conference, led by standout performances from Danny Briere, Travis Zajac, Kimmo Timonen, Trevor Daley and of course starting netminder Tomas Vokoun.
Yet none of those players are likely to be considered in the top 3 at their position, even in the Western Conference.
The closest would probably be Vokoun, whose stats are phenomenal - 24 wins, .928 save%, 2.35 gaa - but those stats make him only the 4th or 5th best goalie in the West, despite being better than any netminder plying the twine in the East.
Briere is leading the team in scoring with 43 points in 44 games, good for 13th among right wingers (7th in the West).
Zajac is one point behind with 42 points in 44 games, which is good but leaves him outside the league's top 20 centers. What has been impressive though is his clutch performance. He leads the Jackets with 8 power play goals (on a team that doesn't score on the powerplay) and while he's tied with Briere at 12 game stars, he leads the team with 7 first star kudos.
Timonen is not among the league's top scoring blueliners, but he's been very steady with a heavy workload for the Jackets. He has 4 goals and 18 points along with a +9 rating, but what's impressive is that he's been steady and unflappable despite a heavy workload of 25+ minutes per game, including playing on the first PP and PK units. If this team could score with the man advantage, he'd find himself among the league leaders in defensive scoring.
Daley is perhaps the least obvious but most interesting case. Starting the season moving between the second and third pairings and the Jackets' bench, Daley has really stepped up since veteran Marek Zidlicky was moved, and has claimed a spot on the team's top pairing, playing over 20 minutes per game and boasting a standout +19 rating, the best BY FAR on the Jackets (more than double the next highest dman on a team with several players in the minus column), tied for second highest in the league.
In the absence of league-leading performers, some credit must be given to Head Coach Mike Babcock for getting the most out of a balanced squad, and GM Doug Emerson for a year of creative moves to assemble the (currently) leading team in the extremely challenging Central Division.
Hopefully we'll see at least one of these names honoured at the All Star game, but we'll settle for winning the Division.