With the Olympics occurring this year there is no All-Star Game. That begs the question. What would the all-star teams for the two conferences look? I'm doing this as subjectively as I can. So here are what I think the all-star teams would look like for both conferences. (Note: I am doing this by who deserves to be there, not who would be voted there). Of course, I am not going to be able to fit everyone in. So if you think that I snubbed someone more deserving let me know who and why.
The Eastern Conference
First of all this was very difficult. I tried to not choose more than two players from any team. There is at least one member from each team.
Sidney Crosby - Let's be honest, he is the only reason they are doing so well. Fleury isn't a wall, Malkin is not producing like he has. Without Sid the Kid they would have a much worse record.
Eric Staal - He has 30 points in 33 games. 'Nough said. Obviously the best player for Carolina and the only one that in my opinion deserves a nod.
Steven Stamkos - He leads his team in goals and power play goals. Since the second half of last season, his rookie season, he has been steadily producing at a level similar to the like of the NHL elite.
Mike Fisher - He leads the team in goals and points. He's great on the faceoff dot. He is responsible on both ends of the ice.
Alex Ovechkin - It's Ovechkin, need I say more?
Ilya Kovalchuk - All the hubbub around him lately is about his contract and possible trades. But he is still an elite player even if he is on a dry spell at the moment.
Zach Parise - He leads his team in goals and is just behind Ovechkin for the most shots on goal. Also an Alternate Captain for Team USA.
John Tavares - The hype was right. The kid can score goals. I'm moving him over to left wing because of the abundance of center talent that is out there.
Marian Gaborik - He has been involved in the talks for MVP, Points leader and goal leader all season.
Martin St. Louis - Not the best season for St. Louis but he is helping Stamkos to a great year and in points is the second best RW in the Eastern Conference.
Nathan Horton - The kid is just a beast. Big and good hands. Would be a big name if he weren't playing in sunny ol' Miami.
Tomas Plekanec - He is having a career year. Again moving him over from his natural position at center due to the overabundance of talent in that grouping.
Andrei Markov - There is little doubt that without Markov Montreal is just not the same team.
Tobias Enstrom - He is probably the guy many people haven't heard of. But he is amongst the point leaders on the blue line.
Mike Green - Sometimes I wonder what kind of numbers he would have on a less offensively potent team. Truth is they would probably still be above average.
Chris Pronger - Solid as solid can be. He hasn't done exactly what Philly thought he would, i.e. turn them into an automatic contender. But I don' t think its his fault.
Tomas Kaberle - He is leading his team in points.
Ryan Miller - Unless he completely collapses or gets hurt Ryan Miller will be a front runner for the Vezina and a contender for the MVP.
Martin Brodeur - He keeps playing like he always has. Easily one of the best players in the league, as much as it pains me to say that.
Tomas Vokoun - Before there is a complete meltdown from all the Rangers fans here that would want Lundqvist hear me out. Vokoun is the only reason that the Panthers have had a shot most nights. He faces the most shots out of any goaltender and has comparable numbers to Brodeur and Lundqvist.
Patrick Marleau - He is going to shatter his previous season best in goals and will have a chance of beating his career best in points. All at the age of 30.
Henrik Sedin - Raise your hand if you thought that Henrik or Daniel for that matter could still be as good without the other. No one, thought so. He is on a torrid pace.
Brad Richards - This is the Brad Richards that everyone knows. That won the Conn Smythe.
Mikko Koivu - He is quietly leading Minnesota in scoring.
Rick Nash - He is the face of the Columbus franchise and he loves to light it up in the All-Star Game.
Dustin Penner - He's cooled off some from that insane start. But he is still leading his team in points and goals.
Wojtek Wolski - One of the many surprises from the Colorado team. Everyone knew the talent was there. It's about time that he showed it. At 47 games in he is only 3 points shy of last season's total.
Henrik Zetterberg - 2 points less than Datsyuk for the team lead despite playing 6 less games.
Alternate Left Wing
Patrick Kane - He leads the team in goals and points and is tied for the team lead in assists.
Jarome Igilna - How could you not include him? Seriously?
Patric Hornqvist - No one has had a hotter hand in the last month.
Dan Boyle - At the midpoint he was the #1 defensemen in point production. He has since been relieved of that title by...
Duncan Keith - He is 2 points shy of last season's numbers, which also happens to be his career high. Also if he manages find the back of the net 4 more times this season he will beat his career high in that stat too.
Shea Weber - Even though he was out hurt for a stretch he is still amonst the leaders in points by defensemen.
Stephane Robidas - Second only to Mike Green in goals by a defenseman. He is having a career year.
Erik Johnson - As advertised Johnson is a great defensemen.
Roberto Luongo - It almost goes without saying. All though his lows have been low when they occur.
Craig Anderson - The main reason that Colorado is anything more than a flop this year.