Originally posted on NHL Hot Stove  |  Last updated 11/14/11

Winning is always fun, but the car is more important
- Teemu Selanne on the All- Star game

The NHL All-Star game is something fans look forward to each year. Personally, I am tired of seeing the same guys each and every year. Not only that, I feel that each team should be represented in the game itself, and not just for the skills competition. So here are five reasons for why you should vote for the five members of the San Jose Sharks.

  • Last time Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle played in the All-Star game together they combined for a total eight points (2G, 6 A) They were the only three members to combine for more then 3 points during the 2009 All-Star game. This season alone they have a combined 37 points (11G, 26A) That averages out to 12.3 points per game.
  • Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski simply have never played in the NHL All-Star game. Last season with the Sharks, Pavelski had a career high 46 assists and 66 points. Now doesn’t that sound like someone you would want on your All-Star team? While Burns tallied a career high of 17 goals and 29 assists with 98 penalty minutes. Yes, okay, you don’t need penalty minutes in the ASG, but let’s all be honest, we really just want to know that Hogwarts and others will be a part of the NHL All-Star game.
  • The line of Thornton, Marleau and Pavelski would just be unstoppable. Thornton is 24th in the league with a 54.4 perfect on faceoffs.  Pavelski sits 28th under the shot percentage, with 19.1 percent, while Patrick Marleau is comfortable just being average right now.
  • Hello Skills Comp! Dan Boyle in the hardest shot. Patrick Marleau/Joe Thornton/Joe Pavelski in accuracy. Brent Burns in hardest hit? (If they made such a event!)
  • It’s pretty much a popularity contest, so we all know the generals who will be in the game. Why not throw some unknowns into it? Like, did you know that Joe Pavelski is a Polish-American player and a silver gold medalist? Boyle named his oldest daughter after Easton hockey equipment, but spelled it Eastin. Just some little known facts about the Sharks.

 


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