On Wednesday morning, the NHL announced the first and second team All-NHL selections as made by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
The lists were laughable, pathetic and sad, and the voting totals open the door for further debate for more transparency in voting, if not an overhaul of the entire system.
Here are the first and second All-NHL teams that were announced:
- First Team
RW: Alex Ovechkin, Washington
C: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
LW: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh
D: PK Subban, Montreal
D: Ryan Suter, Minnesota
G: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus
- Second Team
RW: Martin St. Louis, Tampa
C: Jonathan Toews, Chicago
LW: Alex Ovechkin, Washington
D: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh
D: Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim
G: Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers
This is the first time Toews has been selected first or second team All-NHL.
Obviously there’s something wrong with this picture: Ovechkin made the first and second teams, even though he played almost exclusively at right wing this season. What’s worse, an email sent out by the PHWA to voters in early April stressed that Ovechkin was a right wing this season, and should be voted on as such.
Yet he was named second team All-NHL at left wing, barely edging out Edmonton’s Taylor Hall.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane finished only three points behind St. Louis for second among right wings, and Duncan Keith finished only seven points behind Beauchemin for fourth among defensemen.
Looking at the final voting totals, though, there are a lot more issues than just Ovechkin being named twice. Here are a few lowlights from the voting totals:
- Chicago’s Nick Leddy received as many total votes (two) and Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar, and one more than Florida’s Brian Campbell (one). Among Blackhawks defensemen, only Keith and Leddy received votes.
- Tampa’s Steven Stamkos (two first place votes), Carolina’s Alex Semin (four third place votes) and St. Louis’ Chris Stewart (two third place votes) received more votes than Chicago’s Marian Hossa (one third place vote) at right wing.
- Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Tampa’s Martin St. Louis each received one first place vote at left wing.