SAN JOSE No matter the sport, the All-Star balloting and selection process is never perfect. Its impossible to make everyone happy.
That being said, the NHL released its official ballot for the All-Star Game on Thursday, and included were five San Jose Sharks. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns all have a chance to become starters in the game, which takes place in Ottawa on Jan. 29.
Curiously, Logan Couture was left off of that list. The forward, in his second full NHL season, is off to a good start with six goals and five assists in 14 games. He was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 2010-11.
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Couture isnt losing any sleep over it. In fact, he had no idea it was even released.
I didnt even know it was out, he said on Saturday. Whos on it?
Well, Logan, the other two Calder Trophy finalists, winner Jeff Skinner of Carolina and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders, are on the ballot. Skinner has 14 points on the year, but Grabner has just six (5g, 1a).
He plays on a different team. He doesnt play with Joe Thornton and those type of guys, Couture said of Grabner.
We have so many good players. Im not focused on making the All-Star team. Im focused on having a good year. That doesnt bother me. I dont really care if I play or get nominated, he said.
Couture probably wouldnt have gotten voted in as a starter anyway, but admits that he would welcome the opportunity to be among the games biggest stars in the midseason event. He went last year as one of 12 top rookies in the skills competition.
I did it last year and was a lot of fun, he said. You never know if youll ever get back to that game. I had a blast at it last year, and down the road if I get back there, Id be happy.