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Friday, November 21, 2008

How the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing in NHL All-Star Voting

The 2009 NHL All-Star Game
We all know how the Montreal Canadiens are doing in NHL All-Star voting. Thanks to their handy voting script... I mean, their "intensely devoted and dedicated fan base," Canadiens players lead in every position in the Eastern Conference.

Sidney Crosby leads all non-Habs in Eastern Conference voting, with Evgeni Malkin right behind him.

Now the results site has added a relatively cool feature where you can type in the name of any NHL player and find out their vote total.

So I typed in every Pittsburgh Penguin player I could think of (including those currently in the AHL) and this is what I found out:

Obviously the Penguins that appear on the ballot have the most votes on the team. Even Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney, who have not played a game all season, are relatively highly ranked. I think this is mostly because of text voting. You can text in PENS to 81812 and vote for all five Penguins on the ballot, including Whitney and Gonchar.

Jordan Staal has the most votes out of all Penguins not on the ballot. Still, he trails Whitney by about 80,000 votes and is about 40,000 behind Boston's Patrice Bergeron, who sits in the number ten forward spot on the board (the last position listed on the site.)

A pair of Penguins defensemen, Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik, are behind Staal on the list of Penguins vote-getters. If they were on the ballot instead of Gonchar and Whitney they may have had a chance to make the team.

Miroslav Satan and Alex Goligoski round out the top ten for the Penguins.

The Penguin with the fewest votes is currently Bill Thomas who has three votes, followed by Chris Minard and Jeff Taffe who have six each. The lowest ranked Penguin in the regular NHL line-up is Michael Zigomanis with 31 votes.

Surprisingly Petr Skyora has only 472 votes at the time this is being written, which puts him in 14th place, just ahead of Tyler Kennedy but behind Hal Gill, Rob Scuderi and Maxime Talbot.

It seems that the injuries to Gonchar and Whitney have Penguins fans voting for other Penguins defensemen as Gill, Scuderi, Orpik, Goligoski, and Letang are all in the top 13.

Here is the entire list of Pittsburgh Penguins NHL All-Star Game vote-getters, as of 12:30pm/ET, Friday November 21st:
Bold indicates that the player is listed on the official ballot.

1. Sidney Crosby - 188,729
2. Evgeni Malkin - 153,058
3. Marc-Andre Fleury - 114,673
4. Sergei Gonchar - 102,922
5. Ryan Whitney - 88,403

6. Jordan Staal - 7,535
7. Kris Letang - 6,637
8. Brooks Orpik - 5,773
9. Miroslav Satan - 3,107
10. Alex Goligoski - 2.523
11. Maxime Talbot - 1,858
12. Rob Scuderi - 1,821
13. Hal Gill - 615
14. Petr Sykora - 472
15. Tyler Kennedy - 320
16. Phillippe Boucher - 296
17. Dany Sabourin - 144
18. Ruslan Fedotenko - 100
19. Mark Eaton - 75
20. Pascal Dupuis - 69
21. Matt Cooke - 67
22. Eric Godard - 61
23. Michael Zigomanis - 31
24. Paul Bissonnette - 26
25. Janne Pesonen - 18
26. Chris Minard - 6
27. Jeff Taffe - 6
28. Bill Thomas - 3

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