Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Duchene an All-Star, Liles Snubbed

The NHL announced the full 2011 All-Star game rosters this morning, and it will please Avalanche fans to see that Matt Duchene has made the team.

Duchene's 18 goals and 43 points led the Avalanche.

Also named to the "SuperSkills Roster" were twelve rookies, including Colorado's Kevin Shattenkirk.

But what about...

I hate to get greedy. There's a limited number of spots, and the NHL usually tries to make sure that each team is represented.

Looking over the list, I don't see many mistakes, but two Avs certainly deserved a spot:

John-Michael Liles

Liles is eighth in points among defenseman and ninth in assists. He set the record for most consecutive games with a point by a defenseman to start the season. He's been an absolute rock for the Avs and deserved a place on the roster.

Paul Stastny

Stastny ranks 23rd in the league in points (37) and is second in scoring on one of the league's best offensive clubs. Should he have gotten in over, say, New Jersey's Patrick Elias? Perhaps. But he's more of a stretch (based on the play of the other forwards) that Liles.

Solid News

Only one Red Wing was named to the team.

Less-Solid News

Three Vancouver Canucks were selected

What say you on the 2011 All-Star selections?

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