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
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Three Isles on All-Star Ballots
Being a part of the NHL All-Star Weekend is something that players view as a major accomplishment in their careers. As top players from across the league take part in a scrimmage and skills competition, these players not only represent their franchise, but winning an event or scoring the game-winning goal is something players will be forever remembered for in the eyes of the fans.

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)
Last season, Islanders forward Michael Grabner was named to the NHL All-Stars’ All-Rookie Team, was placed on Team Staal for the SuperSkills Competition and took home the Fastest Skater title with a top speed of 14.061 seconds in the first heat and 14.238 in the finals.

“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)
For the first time in his career, John Tavares, the Islanders first overall selection in 2009, was named to the All-Star ballot. And even though he currently leads all Islanders in scoring with 8 goals, 5 assists for 13 points, he’s not concentrating on his own personal goals.

“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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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