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Alexander Ovechkin Stole James Neal’s All-Star Spot

The number one goal scoring left winger in the NHL, James Neal  is currently without a spot on the NHL All-Star Game roster and barring injury to a player currently on the roster he’ll be sitting at home watching the game on TV.

The NHL invites 24 total players who play offense onto their All-Star squad. Three of which are voted in by the NHL fans. Three players from Ottawa, the home of the All-Star game, were voted in by the fans. We should all be aware of how the voting works here in Pittsburgh. If you are not, reference how Kristopher Allen Letang landed an All-Star spot last year. Who doesn’t respect a good grass roots voting campaign especially in an election year.

The other 21 players are voted in by what is called the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department. Picking these players would be a seemingly easy task if it wasn’t for the fact that you want to include one player from every team. That starts to complicate things a tiny bit, but the NHL created the “Rookie” All-Star game to help alleviate that problem.

For reasons unknown Alexander Ovechkin is on the All-Star team. Ranked 43rd overall in the NHL in scoring you would think maybe he made it because of the 1 player per team rule. That is not the case, Washington defenseman Denis Wideman earned a spot on the team. So the next obvious reason would be that Ovechkin must be one of the best at the left wing position he plays.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. At the Left Wing position of which the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department only picked 4 players Ovechkin ranks 9th in goal scoring, 12th in overall scoring and tied for the 150th (yes 150th) in plus / minus. On the flipside, James Neal ranks #1 in goal scoring, #2 in overall scoring and is tied for 40th in plus/minus.

Stretching it out even further, maybe you’ve figured that the reason Ovechkin got picked is because he is a fan favorite. Not so, James Neal received almost 50 thousand more votes in the fan voting than did Alexander Ovechkin.

That leaves only two reasons I can think of that Ovechkin got the All-Star spot and not James Neal. Funny hats & rap videos. Yes, somehow Ovechkin must know that the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department loves funny hats and rap videos, there can be no other explanation.


Ovechkin is simply the least deserving player on the NHL All-Star roster and he just happens to play the same left wing postion James Neal plays.  Ovechkin is the reason James Neal is not on the roster.

I’m sure Washington’s Nicolas Backstrom who truly deserves to be at the All-Star Game also would agree with this assessment. If anyone from Washington deserved a position it was Backstrom.

The NHL.com crew of Dave Lozo, Corey Masisak, Shawn Roarke and Dan Rosen nailed on the head who should be on the roster using hockey skill as a guide not funny hats.  They even included the fan picks. The NHL may want to look into having these guys pick next year instead of the “NHL’s Hockey Operations Department”

Here is NHL.com’s All Star picks:Filling NHL All-Star Game roster no easy task” Make sure to take notice that both Backstrom and Neal are on the list.

There is a silver lining to this nonsense. James Neal is in a contract year. Adding an All-Star Game to his resume would artificially inflate his worth. Maybe the Pens will be able to sign him for a few years.

*UPDATE:  James Neal is headed to the All-Star Game in Ovechkin’s spot.  Ovechkin declined his All-Star spot after he thought he was wrongly suspended by the NHL.

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  1. Fatty pig Fatty's Gravatar Fatty pig Fatty
    January 31, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Actually ladies, Ovie doesn’t go after American women too much because there are so many gigantic fat ass women in our country to go along with uncreative, ufunny women who make up cheesey nicknames for athletes.

    • Julia's Gravatar Julia
      January 31, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      And I thought the reason girls didn’t date him was because of his ugly gap toothed face, greasy hair, he’s whiney, he’s washed up and the anger management problems from years of PED’s not to mention the shrunken willy he probably got from those. Sorry you think all American women have fat asses. You must be from the D.C. Area and not get out much.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Steigy and Bob Errey for their pointing out, that in fact, James Neil should have been in the ASG from the Get Go.

  3. fuck penguin fans your all gay's Gravatar fuck penguin fans your all gay
    January 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Ovechkin best player in the league

  4. ATIC's Gravatar ATIC
    January 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I think the NHL purposely waited and picked Neal to be in Ovechkin’s spot because they are unhappy with the childish way Ovechkin tried to embarrass the NHL when he withdrew. I think this is going to end the golden boys reign as a face (albeit ugly) of the NHL.

  5. Tim Thomas's Gravatar Tim Thomas
    January 25, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Wow, you nailed it!

  6. Francis99's Gravatar Francis99
    January 25, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Ovechkin whined his way out of the all-star game and Neal is the prime candidate to replace him. Seriously Ovechkin sounded like a ten year old. He thinks he’s doing the NHL a favor showing up when he shouldn’t have been invited in the first place. irony at it’s best.

  7. Jag-off's Gravatar Jag-off
    January 22, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    It’s sad that showmanship got him a spot in the All-Star game. I hope the other players don’t all start doing fake celebrations like Ovechprick and in football. Maybe someone will deck him at the game because of this.

  8. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    January 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink


  9. January 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Carolyn, I call Ovechkin, Ovarie. Sorry, inside joke. He is spud ugly. I don’t even look at him. Cherry picker!

  10. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    January 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Joan- Women who follow hockey follow it because they love the sport not because of the players looks. And if what you said were true, I believe most women would vomit in their mouths at the sight of ovenchicken. 😉

  11. January 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Neal is way better then Obitchkin!

  12. Ashley's Gravatar Ashley
    January 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    He’s such a fuckin joke!!! Score goals, then come see me. Bender.

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    January 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Somebody get Neal a funny hat!

  14. January 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Ovie doean’t deserve a spot anymore than C Price or aAlfredson. The All Star game is a joke…

  15. ATIC's Gravatar ATIC
    January 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad Malkin doesn’t waste his time doing stupid ass videos and other crap. Let Ovechkin have the fame, Malkin will take the glory!

    • Rick Buker's Gravatar Rick Buker
      January 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Amen to that. What impresses me about Malkin almost as much as his dazzling skill-set is his humbleness and passion for the game. While Ovechkin’s play has flat-lined the last couple of years (a crime when you consider his supreme abilities) “Geno” continues to work really hard to become the best player he can be. I’ll take him over “Ovy” any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

      I hope Geno adds a Hart Trophy to his display case (along with another Cup and Art Ross). He deserves it.

  16. January 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I think it was to get woman more interested in the game adding Ovarie!

  17. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    January 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    they got one with obitchkin!

  18. January 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Would have been more interesting to see Neal. After all, we have all seen how Ovi behaved last year and this is not his best season…

  19. Steve's Gravatar Steve
    January 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    they needed a circus monkey!

  20. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    January 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    that bastard

  21. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    January 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Ovechkin Sucks!


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