If popularity can be judged solely by the All-Star voting totals, there might not be a more beloved player in the League than Pittsburgh Penguins
captain Sidney Crosby
Crosby, who entered the week with a League-best 40 points, is the runaway leader in All-Star fan balloting, with 218,791 votes. He's the first player in the League with more than 200,000 votes.
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game Presented by Discover will feature the Ultimate Fantasy Draft this year, where the All-Stars will pick their own teams from a pool of 42 players. Fans can vote six players into that pool: The top three forwards, two defenseman and goaltender from fan balloting will be guaranteed a roster spot at this year's game, which will be hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes
Currently leading the forward race are Crosby, the Lightning's Steven Stamkos
and the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews
. The Blackhawks' Duncan Keith
and the Flyers' Chris Pronger
are the top two defensemen, and the Canadiens' Carey Price
leads all goaltenders in voting that runs until Jan. 3, 2011.