It’s hard to argue against picking the best player on the league’s best team. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
The 2013 NHL All-Star Game was a casualty of the lockout, but as the season nears the midway point, that doesn’t mean we can’t play a little game of “what if” — as in “what players would have earned a trip to fabulous Columbus if hockey’s ultimate schmoozefest had only be delayed a few weeks instead of being punted to 2015?”
Yeah, assembling a make-believe lineup card like this is a bit of a bear trap. For as little meaning as the game itself carries, the rosters always generate a wholly unsupported level of controversy. We care about who goes a lot more than most of the players do (hey, a four-day weekend in a place of their choosing sounds pretty sweet to those guys right about this time of year). But it’s that passion for our personal favorites that makes putting this list together — and then having it ripped apart — so much fun.
Just to make it interesting, I decided that every team required representation. That means a few worthy players were left off the roster to make room for others whose place seems a little more charitable than earned.
With that in mind, here’s who I think deserves to represent the Western Conference. For my Eastern Conference picks, see here.
See an obvious snub? Feel free to blast away in the comment section below.