The rest of the West
Who should join the ranks of the Western Conference All-Stars? Here are a few suggestions.
Updated: January 16, 2003, 5:20 PM ETSportsNation
The starting lineups for the 2003 NHL All-Star game were announced Jan. 11. The people have spoken. And they've raised more than a few eyebrows.Below are the starters, as voted on by fans, and who ESPN.com's George Johnson would select to complete the rosters: Goaltenders
Starter: Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
The all-time winningest goalie in NHL history is having a less-than-stellar season. His 2.62 goals-against average is his worst since he finished 1995-96 with a 2.78 (yes, we know he won a Cup that year), and his .904 savve percentage is his worst since 1987-88. The additions: Jocelyn Thibault, Chicago Blackhawks: Nineteen wins, a 2.08 GAA and .923 save percentage are main reasons the Hawks are in the thick of the playoff hunt. Marty Turco, Dallas Stars: Exemplary stats -- 21 wins, 1.79 GAA, five shutouts and .930 save percentage - on the best team in hockey at the halfway mark. That should be good enough credentials for anyone. Forwards
Starting center: Mike Modano, Dallas Stars
Now that he's un-Hitched, Modano has rediscovered his scoring touch and is putting together and MVP-type season. Starting winger: Bill Guerin, Dallas Stars
Showing his production in Boston wasn't simply a result of home cooking, Guerin leads the first-place Stars in goals (20) and penalty minutes (71). Starting winger: Teemu Selanne, San Jose Sharks
With 20 goals and 36 points, the Finnish Flash is one of the few bright spots in the Sharks' lineup. The additions: Doug Weight, C, St. Louis Blues: That dispiriting, injury-shortened first season on the Missouri behind him, arguably the game's top non-Mario playmaker ranks in the Top 10 in points. Brendan Morrison, C, Vancouver Canucks: The largely-unheralded but crucial fulcrum of Vancouver's big line. Peter Forsberg, C, Colorado Avalanche: Despite injury woes, among the league's leading scorers. Perhaps the most sublime all-around talent package in the game today. Milan Hejduk, W, Colorado Avalanche: Forty-seven points, a plus-14 and near flawless defensively. Todd Bertuzzi, W, Vancouver Canucks: It's official -- the NHL's new power-forward prototype. Proving his breakout 2001-2002 season no fluke. Anson Carter, W, Edmonton Oilers: Some people felt he should've been on Canada's Olympic entry. A quietly effective first half. Markus Naslund, W, Vancouver Canucks: The Canuck captain leads the NHL in snipes with 31 and has developed into a quiet but inspiring leader. Marian Gaborik, W, Minnesota Wild: Ozzing star potential, his improvisational skills have lifted the Wild to unthinkable heights. Paul Kariya, W, Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Forget those high-profile offseason signingsor Petr Sykora and Adam Oates. Kariya's still carrying the Ducklings around on his slender shoulders. Defensemen
Starter: Rob Blake, Colorado Avalanche
Granted he's still one of the league's best defensemen, but he's played his part in contributing to the Avalanche's so-so season and isn't being mentioned in Norris Trophy talk. Starter: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Led the league in votes partly because of rabid Red Wings fans, but mostly because he deserves it. He's the reigning Norris Trophy winner and is making a strong case for back-to-back-to-back honors. The additions: Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche: Just the tops in the league in plus-minus with a plus-22. Sergei Zubov, Dallas Stars: Thirty-two points has him crowding MacInnis at the top of the defensemen scoring list. Al MacInnis, St. Louis Blues: With Chris Pronger out, the ageless one leads all defensemen with 36 points and still logs 26:48 of ice time a night. Ed Jovanovski, Vancouver Canucks: Big JovoCop is the anchor of the Vancouver defensive corps, a group that goes unheralded playing behind the best line in the league.
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