Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 1/5/12

The "top six" vote-getters for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game have been announced and - surprise surprise - a lot of them are Ottawa Senators. The game will be taking place in Ottawa this year on January 29.

Erik Karlsson received the most votes with Daniel Alfredsson coming in second. Those two players will be joined by their Senators teammates Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Dion Phaneuf and Tim Thomas have also been voted into the game. All of those players are from Eastern Conference teams and five of the six play their home games in Ontario.

Of course, this reminds us of the Montreal Canadiens All-Star Game voting controversy from a few years ago. Canadian fans sure love to vote. NHL.com has a full list of all vote leaders online. Somehow Sidney Crosby is listed sixth among forwards. Maybe the Penguins telling people to vote for him helped.

The league will be using the fantasy draft format from last year once again:

Following the overwhelming success of its debut at last year's All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 to divide the group into the two competing All-Star Teams, each comprised of 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.

That's a smart decision as the draft was much more interesting than the actual game last year. We're pretty sure that Phil Kessel won't be picked last again. We hope Ovechkin gets that honor this year.

Does anyone really care about who gets voted in? Does anyone actually care about the All-Star Game? Maybe we'll watch the draft and skip the actual game this time.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: LeBron James misses wide-open windmill dunk

Kevin Durant booed by Thunder fans during introductions

Jay Cutler misses practice due to concussion

Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin do not practice a day after Norton's firing

Report: Chip Kelly leaning towards UCLA

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

David Lee feels Warriors’ dominance limited his free agent options

Patrick Beverley reportedly out for season after knee surgery

Top storylines for NFL Thanksgiving Day

Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

John Elway developing reputation as coach-killer?

Report: Kelly reached agreement with Florida, can back out

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker