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Deep Blue Sea: In the midst of All-Star Weekend, do the Sharks have All-Stars?

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2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

The PHWA mid-season awards were voted on by 150 writers and over 2000 fans. That fan vote likely helped make these results look a little closer to the players that deserve these awards as opposed to the players that will get nominated for the NHL Awards — because as fans of Pacific Division hockey, we’re all too aware that the final nominations will always go to familiar faces.

A few takeaways here: Why is anyone pretending Drew Doughty is still an award-worthy defenseman in any aspect of his game? Did anyone predict these Calder nominees in the preseason? I honestly can’t argue with the Lady Byng, Vezina, Jack Adams, GM of the Year, or Comeback Player, but I know in my heart that the league is stupid and will somehow screw these up come the NHL Awards.

The Sharks have had a rough season, where if it’s not one disaster, it’s another. Do they have anyone who really deserves a nomination here? The closest would maybe be Brent Burns, who is second in scoring for defensemen, despite having an quiet year that leans heavier on assists than in previous years. “Defensemen who best excels at the defensive aspects of the game,” should have Marc Edouard Vlasic’s name on it every year.

It’s frustrating that Pacific hockey is routinely underrepresented in these things and the old standards to fall back on are always the same: Connor McDavid, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Johnny Gaudreau. Brock Boeser is an exception this year, and a well deserved one. But they’re so few and far between.

Maybe this Sharks roster this year doesn’t have too many All-Stars. But even if they did, would the NHL notice?

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