Buffalo - December 10, 2014 - Remember last week when it was reported that Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons had all of Latvia backing him in the NHL All-Star Game voting? He was the leading vote getter, leading Montreal’s P.K. Subban 399,356 to 240,362. Most figured that figure would level out and he would fall back into the pack.
Yeah, about that.
The league announced the newest totals and Girgensons’ steam has not let up. He currently leads Chicago’s Patrick Kane 803,805 to 375,758 after three weeks of voting. Pretty astounding when you think about it.
If the voting ended today, Girgensons, Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Subban and Corey Crawford would be guaranteed a spot in the All-Star Game. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Seguin and the heart-and-soul of the Calgary Flames, Mark Giordano, would theoretically have to scrap it out to get in, though there’s still a pretty good chance it’ll happen for them.
Through 28 games, the Latvian-born center has eight goals, six assists, but has just an assist and is a minus-2 in his last three games since the announcement that he was the All-Star Game’s leading vote-getter.
His stats might not be mind-blowing, but to his credit Girgensons has asserted himself as one of the best the Sabres have to offer. At 20-years-old, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and the support of the nation of Latvia, apparently.
With Girgensons basically in the All-Star Game, it’s just a matter of making him a starter. Let’s make it happen, Latvia!
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