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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Phil Kessel snub, or why wasn't my favorite player selected for the NHL All-Star game, AGAIN?

By Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Since the rosters were announced, there's been a lot of buzz about who was snubbed from the NHL All-Star game. Not only was Phil Kessel snubbed from all-star selection, he was also snubbed from most of the "notable snubs" lists (well okay he is mentioned here and here). Phil Kessel is one of the top-10 scorers in the league right now, and why isn't he going to the all-stars? Perhaps no one notices as he stands in the shadow of Crosby and Malkin, but Kessel changed everything for the Penguins last season, and see what happened there?

So why? WHY the snub? Again? Here's how the NHL All-Star selection process works. The captains of each team, one from each division, are selected by a fan vote. The coaches for each team, one from each division, are selected based on which team has the highest points percentage. Seems reasonable.

The other 40 players are selected by the NHL. And there I rest my case. Toronto is still holding a grudge, and maybe they'll never let it go, but I hope for Phil's (and anyone else's on their grudge list) sake that they eventually get over it. After all, don't you want to see him in the skills competition again?

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