With all the tinkering the NHL did to the All-Star Game this year, one would think that the ballot would have been updated to at least include this year’s stats. Three Rangers are included on this year’s ballot, and it’s not who you would think. Marian Gaborik, Marc Staal, and Henrik Lundqvist are on the ballot, while leading scorers Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Artem Anisimov were inexplicably left off. Generally, Gaborik should be on any ballot, but he has only played four games this year.
Meanwhile, the line of Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan has been carrying the Rangers through this rough patch of injuries. Dubinsky (10-5-15) is leading the Rangers in goals, points, powerplay points, and shorthanded points. Callahan (4-10-14) is leading the Rangers in assists, shots on goal, and hits, and is second in points. Anisimov (5-8-13) is third on the team in points, and second on the team in powerplay points and shots on goal.
Callahan and Anisimov may have been stretches for the ballot, but Brandon Dubinsky should have been included, considering he has 10 goals this season. Don’t worry, it wasn’t just the Rangers players who were snubbed, also left off the ballot were Carey Price, Patrick Sharp, Alex Semin, and Claude Giroux,