With the release of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game Roster, it came as a shock that there was an absence of Devils representation. Although Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson have been named All-Star Rookies. There were no Devils players selected to participate in the All-Star game. This is something that has brought much distress to the fans of the New Jersey Devils, and rightfully so. It is absolutely absurd that the NHL chose to overlook the Devils players when determining the All-Star Game roster.
The Devils have multiple players worthy of a spot on the All-Star Roster. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, and Patrik Elias, all have been playing at a level that warrants All-Star consideration. However, the league did not give them consideration when selecting the team. It is interesting to notice how the league granted Alexander Ovechkin a spot on the roster. Ovechkin has always held a reputation as a premiere player in the league. However, he currently is in the middle of one of his most disappointing seasons of his career. With 17 goals and 16 assists Ovechkin’s 33 points is less that all three Devils players listed above. It is quite clear that Ovechkin was selected primarily on his previous success not his play this season.
Overall, the NHL All-Star Game is supposed to be an event for the fans of every team in the league to enjoy. However, other teams have been overlooked as well. In addition to the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, and Columbus Blue Jackets have also been snubbed by those selecting roster. Even Eric Staal, a player who not only captained, but drafted an All-Star team just one year ago did not find himself on the All-Star roster.
According to the NHL these teams have been “included” by selecting players from these teams for the Rookies portion of the event. In the end the league is doing its fans a disservice by excluding some teams from representing themselves in the All-Star Game. It would be a different situation if a team did not have players worthy of participating in the game. However, this is clearly not the case as there are All-Star quality players on all of the teams that were overlooked. Thus, turning a league wide event into something that will perhaps be “overlooked” by those fans who feel their teams are not represented.