The Chicago Blackhawks have been dominating All-Star Voting throughout the month of December, but with just over a week to go, they’ve added another player to the fray as Brent Seabrook has vaulted into second place in the voting among defensemen.
Seabrook, who now is ahead of Montreal Canadiens blue liner PK Subban by about 70,000 votes, is in line to be one of the six players who clinch berths in the All-Star Game, to be played in late January in Columbus. His defensive partner Duncan Keith currently has a healthy lead atop the heap among defensemen, leading Seabrook by 150,000 votes.
In the crease, Corey Crawford has padded his lead in a big way over Carey Price of the Canadiens. Crawford now leads the pack by 230,000 votes and barring a late surge by the goaltender, Crawford should be in line to make the team.
Among forwards, Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres still has a healthy lead over his nearest competitors, with nearly 1.3 million votes to his credit. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are still running in second and third place in the voting, respectively, but both are now well ahead of PIttsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Toews leads by nearly 200,000 votes over his fellow captain.
Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa are also creeping up the list, with Sharp ranking in fifth place with nearly 463,000 votes and Marian Hossa sits in seventh place with 380,000.
Voting closes on January 1, and the top three forwards, top two defensemen, and top goaltender in voting get automatic spots in the All-Star Game.