The accolades continued to pour in for league MVP Sidney Crosby as he received 133 first-place votes to lead all vote-getters for the NHL First All-Star Team. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is now a three-time first-team selection.
Here is the entire first team:
Here's how the second team shook out:
G Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)
D Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
D Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues)
C Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
RW Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
LW Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks)
Chara is now a three-time first-team All-Star and has four second-team selections to his name, which leads all players chosen.
There was really only one position where things were close in terms of All-Star voting. That was for the last defenseman spot on the second all-star team. Ryan Suter was edged by Pietrangelo by nine points. Suter actually got 22 first-team votes, while Piertrangelo only got 16. The St. Louis Blues rearguard did appear on more total ballots, however.
The Pro Hockey Writers' Association can be pleased they didn't get Alex Ovechkin on there twice this year. There weren't really any major hiccups at all, really.
The All-Rookie team was also named and it was an eclectic group of backgrounds represented among the NHL's best first-year players. It included natives of Denmark, Canada, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United States, providing one small indicator of the growing demographic of players from a variety of international backgrounds is widening across the league.
G Frederik Andersen (Anaheim Ducks)
D Hampus Lindholm (Anaheim Ducks)
D Torey Krug (Boston Bruins)
F Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
F Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning)
F Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Two sets of teammates show the bright futures ahead for the Lightning and Ducks, respectively. Meanwhile, Johnson and Krug prove that you don't have to be drafted to make an early impact in the league. The two American-born players were signed as unrestricted free agents after being passed over in the draft and became huge parts of their teams in their first full seasons.
With the naming of the All-Star and All-Rookie teams, the NHL essentially closes the book on the 2013-14 season. That allows us to turn all focus on the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia with eyes on the 2014-15 season on the horizon.