Voting for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game began in earnest on Tuesday and several familiar names are at the top of the list.
Let’s take a look at the leaderboard as of Wednesday morning.
Well, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is atop the list, so there’s no surprise there. The three-time Hart Trophy winner is followed by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, who is riding high on a career-high 20-game point streak.
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Florida Panthers veteran Jaromir Jagr (and his mullet) is third and Arizona Coyotes forward John Scott resides in fourth.
Wait a minute. Scott is fourth?
The 33-year-old enforcer has recorded one assist and 18 penalty minutes while competing in six games this season. Heck, Scott hasn’t played since Nov. 21 in a 3-2 setback to the Winnipeg Jets and has five goals and 535 penalty minutes in 280 career contests.
A push in social media has aided Scott’s cause as #VoteJohnScott has appeared, with fans charting his progress in the early going on the voting.
The 2016 All-Star Game, which will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Jan. 31, will have players representing the four divisions competing in three 20-minute contests in a tournament. A semifinal round will then give way to the championship.
The league is banking that the success of the regular-season’s 3-on-3 overtime format will carry over to the All-Star Game.
If interested in casting your vote, click here for the link. An updated leaderboard is found here.