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My All-Star Ballot: Western Conference Defensemen

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Which Western Conference Defensemen are most deserving of a spot in the 2015 All Star Game?

My All-Star Ballot: Western Conference Defensemen

With the 2015 NHL All-Star Game a month away and the league just fresh out of Christmas break, I think it's a good time to look at this year's prospective all-stars. There will be 21 players selected from each conference: 12 forwards, six defensemen, and three goalies. I will do a six-part series, analyzing each group from both conferences. Remember, this is not a definitive list of who will make the all-star team, just my ballot for all it's worth.

Note: Statistics are through the games played Tuesday, December 23rd.

Here are my Western Conference Defensemen:

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

The Flames' captain is having a career year offensively from the blue line. He is tied for the lead in goals and alone at the top in points by a defenseman. His leadership and production have been essential to the growth and success of the young Flames team.

Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues

Shattenkirk is on pace to set career highs in goals and points, playing over 23 minutes per game as the Blues battle in the Central Division. He is second in the league behind Giordano for both assists and points by a defenseman. 

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

No one in the NHL plays more minutes per game than Suter. That alone is good enough for All-Star game recognition. Almost 30 minutes per game for Suter, who is also fourth among defenseman in assists with 21. An all-star appearance and maybe a Norris Trophy are in Suter's immediate future. 

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Doughty is second in the NHL behind Suter in minutes played per game. The workhorse defenseman averages just over 29 minutes of ice time for the defending champions as they attempt to make it back to the playoffs for a run at consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. 

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Weber is tenth amongst defensemen in points with 23 and has been a driving force in the turnaround in Nashville. Maybe the biggest reason to bring him to Columbus for All Star weekend? Without Zdeno Chara participating, it may finally be Weber's year to win the hardest shot competition. 

TJ Brodie, Calgary Flames

Both Brodie and Dennis Wideman could make a case to be the second Calgary defenseman on this list. The nod here goes to Brodie, who sits fifth in the league in scoring by defensemen. He's averaging close to 25 minutes played per game and is first amongst defensemen with a plus/minus of +17. A new contract and an all-star appearance in one season for Calgary's emerging blue liner. 

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