Tim Thomas was just informed Thursday morning that he was voted into this year's NHL All-Star Game as the starting goaltender. Thus far, Thomas has posted a 17-6-0 record with a 1.90 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. This is a well-deserved honor giving the stats he has posted.
Thomas was one of six players to be informed that they have made the All-Star Game roster. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman and captain Dion Phaneuf also made the roster. The other four players are all members of the Ottawa Senators.
Milan Michalek leads the team with 19 goals and has been a big surprise for the Sens. Erik Karlsson leads the team with a whopping 32 assists. These two players have earned the right to make the top six in voting. However, veterans Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson are somewhat skeptical to me.
Spezza does have 40 points and Aldredsson has returned this season very strong after missing much of last season due to injury. But keep in mind that the game is in Ottawa and the fan voting may have something to due with it.
The four Ottawa players are great athletes, especially Michalek and Karlsson. Do I think that Spezza and Alfredsson deserve to make the top six over players like Pavel Datsyuk or Mikko Koivu? Not at all.