Three Isles on All-Star Ballots
Remember to vote for Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Mark Streit starting Monday, Nov. 14
Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 4:03 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
|Michael Grabner skates on his way to winning fastest skater during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition at the RBC Center on January 29, 2011. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)|
“I had a lot of fun when I went there last year so it's good to be on the ballot and we'll see what happens,” Grabner said.
But this year, being placed on the ballot carries more weight for the sophomore forward. Grabner will no longer be running for a spot against the rookies, but against all NHL players named to the ballot.
“It would be a great honor to go there, but there are a lot of great players in the league so it's going to be tough,” Grabner said.
|Eastern Conference All-Star Mark Streit takes the ice to warm up before the 2009 NHL All-Star game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2009. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)|
“It's always an honor to be recognized that way, but it's still early in the season,” Tavares said. “I'm just trying to worry about playing and let the rest take care of itself. For sure, it's exciting to be representing the Islanders on the All-Star Ballot.”
Islanders defenseman Mark Streit was named to the ballot for the second time. He became the first Swiss-born NHL player to be named to the All-Star Game in 2009; he recorded two assists and a +3 rating.
“It's a big honor,” Streit said. “I was fortunate to be at an All-Star Game one time earlier in my career and it's a great event. It's a huge honor. But right now, it's not on my mind. We have to win hockey games and that's all that matters right now. All my concentration and focus is on tonight's game.”
Voting opens Monday, Nov. 14.