Where's Matt Moulson? New York Islanders Forward Snubbed on All-Star Ballot

Christopher BeniniContributor IJanuary 4, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 31: Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders scores at 17:55 of the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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You read that correctly.  The forward tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference in goals has received zero votes to the All-Star game.

That is because he is not even included on a ballot.

My question to the NHL is: How does this happen?

Sure, they have a section where you can write in a player.  But with a season like Moulson is having, he should automatically be on the ballot.

One has to wonder: If he were on the ballot, how many votes would he get?

It's not as if Moulson has come out of nowhere.  If he keeps up at his current pace, he'll notch his third straight 30-goal season. 

Moulson has been among the league leaders in goals throughout this season, but I understand that it's pretty tough to make room on the ballot for him.

Players such as Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter and teammate Michael Grabner seem to be much more deserving than Moulson.

Crosby has two goals from playing about two weeks before his concussion symptoms resurfaced, and Carter and Grabner have ten goals apiece.

You can find plenty of undeserving names on the All-Star ballot, too.

The Anaheim Ducks' Bobby Ryan has 21 points in 37 games. 

Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche have had mediocre seasons as well.  Duchene has 24 points in 37 games, and Stastny has 21 points in 38 games.

The Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal has been atrocious with 9 goals in 41 games. 

The list of underperformers who find their names on the All-Star ballot goes on and on.

There's no excuse why Moulson should have been left off the All-Star ballot.

The NHL should take a lesson from Major League Baseball here.  On the MLB ballot, I can vote for any player that starts on an MLB roster.  Heck, I can vote for So Taguchi if I want to. 

However, on the NHL All-Star ballot, I can't vote for the guy who is sixth in goals in his conference.

One has to ask: Why do players such as Moulson get left off the ballot?  It can't be that he is truly undeserving, can it?

That would be false; Moulson has been one of the better players around the NHL this season, both individually and to his team. 

Moulson has made a huge impact on the New York Islanders this season.  The Isles are 9-5-1 in games in which he scores at least one goal.  The only explanation is that there is no explanation. 

The NHL should apologize to Moulson and the Islanders for leaving his name off the ballot in what has truly been a magnificent year for the forward. 

Moulson not only deserves to be on the All-Star ballot, but he also deserves to be in Ottawa, playing in the All-Star game.