Only one more day remains for fans to vote for the starting fives and goalies for teams East and West in the 2014 KHL All-Star Game.
As of 13:00 on Thursday, November 28, the most popular player is SKA forward Ilya Kovalchuk with 15,093 votes. Making up West’s attacking troika so far are CSKA’s Alexander Radulov (12,191) and Medvescak’s Jonathan Cheechoo (5,618). As it stands, Kovalchuk and Radulov’s places seem safe, but Cheechoo faces stiff competition from Dynamo Moscow’s Martins Karsums (4,804).
The race to start in West’s defensive pair is led by Dinamo Riga veteran Sandis Ozolins on 9,003 votes followed by Spartak’s Deron Quint (8,340). SKA’s Dmitry Kalinin is in third place, but on 3,303 votes, so he needs to catch up fast.
The favourite for West’s first-choice goalie is Alexander Yeryomenko of Dynamo Moscow with 8,174 votes, a long way ahead of Dinamo Riga netminder Mikael Tellqvist on 3,906.
A fierce battle rages for starting places in Team East, with Sibir goaltender Mikko Koskinen (7,085 votes) enjoying a lead of just 254 votes over Ak Bars Kazan’s Konstantin Barulin. Chris Lee of Metallurg Magnitogorsk is second in the ballot for East’s defensemen on 6,161, fewer than a hundred votes ahead of another Kazan man, Shaun Heshka, but the current leader among D-men is Salavat Yulaev’s Kirill Koltsov.
It is no surprise that Magnitogorsk’s dangerous attacking duo of Sergei Mozyakin and Danis Zaripov occupy the top two spots in the ballot for East’s forward line, with 12,237 and 10,230 votes respectively, and there has been a week-long duel for third place between Traktor’s Evgeny Kuznetsov and Barys Astana’s Brandon Bochenski. As we go into the final day, the American (5,855 votes) just has the edge over the Traktor man (5,646).
Dear hockey fans,
You can still play your part in selecting the players to start for East and West on the 11th of January in Bratislava when they face off for the sixth KHL All-Star Game, Go to http://www.khlallstar.com/?lang=en
and vote for the players you think most deserve to take part in the League’s festival of hockey.