By Allan Muir
When the NHL announces its annual All-Star teams at the league’s awards show in June, it will stick with a formula that rings a bit untrue this season. How, after all, can someone be an All-NHL player if he hasn’t played against the entire NHL?
In coming up with our end-of-regular season honors, we’ve decided that the lockout-abbreviated campaign requires a different take, so our All-NHL teams will be broken down by conference to reflect the unique scheduling.
Here are our Western honorees. You can find my Eastern picks here.