Islanders: 3 other players who deserved to go to All-Star Game
Semyon Varlamov was snubbed from the All-Star Game.
The two goalies that were chosen to represent the Metropolitan Division were Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Here are their stats compared to Varlamov this season:
Braden Holtby has been objectively bad this season. He’s giving up three goals against per game on average and stopping just over 90 percent of the shots he faces. The only reason he’s making the roster is name recognition and because his team is winning in spite of his play.
Korpisalo is certainly having a better season and his 17 wins on a weakened Blue Jackets team is impressive. If that’s good enough to keep him on the list, fine.
But, Varalmov still has the superior numbers and isn’t far off in terms of the number of wins, win-percentage (wins/games played), or shutouts. And actually, if you take the number of wins and divide it by the numbers of games started Varlamov is way ahead of both with a 70 percent win ratio.
If the selection criteria is about the play of the individual, as it should, Varlamov deserves to be there before either of the other two goalies selected.
That’s a snub.