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It's time to vote CBJ! The NHL All-Star captains ballot is live

Three Columbus players are on the official ballot, while all others can be written in

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

It's time again to exercise your constitutional right to vote for NHL All-Stars. 

OK, that might not be in any official constitution, but everyone loves a good democratic vote, especially when it comes to hockey. 

Once again this year, NHL fans can vote on which player will be named the captain of each division as part of the 2020 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ presented by adidas. 

The 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will once again consist of a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring four teams -- one for each NHL division. Fans can cast votes online at NHL.com/Vote and via the NHL App for one player from each division, without regard to position. Voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20, with the top vote-getters by division -- regardless of position -- named All-Stars and captains. 

Fans are permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per 24-hour period for each fan is 10. In the end, at least one Blue Jacket will be on the Metropolitan squad that will defend its title as it takes on the rest of the NHL in St. Louis.  

So, who should Blue Jackets fans look to when making their picks? Three members of the team -- captain Nick Foligno, leading scorer Pierre-Luc Dubois and perennial Norris Trophy-contending defenseman Seth Jones -- are on the official ballot, though Blue Jackets fans can write in anyone they want from Alexandre Texier to Zach Werenski. 

Here's a reason to vote for a number of CBJ players, and don't forget to visit NHL.com/Vote now and -- unlike when it comes to choosing a president or governor -- you can vote early and vote often. 

Pierre-Luc Dubois: Simply put, he's been the best and most consistent forward for the Blue Jackets. The 21-year-old center has shown his man strength throughout the year, using his 6-3, 218-pound frame to bully opposing players on the puck. He leads the way this year for the Blue Jackets with 10 goals and 18 points, and the advanced numbers favor him as well including the CBJ earning 57.16 percent of expected goals and 57.14 percent of high-danger scring chances with him on the ice at 5-on-5.  

Nick Foligno: Why vote for Nick? He's the captain, that's why, and he might send you a Foligno's Favorite, too. But seriously, while he's struggled to match the production as some past years, he's started to turn it on with three goals in the last four games. He has 12 points on the season and also has been excellent when it comes to shot quality this year, with the CBJ earning 58.13 percent of expected goals and 56.70 percent of high danger chances when he's on the ice.   

Seth Jones: The standout defenseman has been chosen for three All-Star games already in his career and has played in two, and he's an absolute dominant force in 3-on-3 hockey as we've learned in overtimes over the years as well as his trips to the All-Star Game. One of the best defenders in the league as well as someone with skill going forward, Jones has at times fought his game this year, but any struggles have merely dropped him from elite to merely excellent. He has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points thus far.  

Write-in candidates: While those are the three Blue Jackets on the ballot, don't let that stop you from writing in your favorite member of the squad. Here are some other names worth going with: 

  • While Werenski is out for the next month with a shoulder injury, his game had skyrocketed of late with a 3-7-10 line in the nine games before he was injured. He was also helping Jones control play on the top line, and the offensive blueliner taken a step forward this year.  
  • Gus Nyquist has been just what the CBJ ordered when he signed a four-year deal this offseason. Nyquist is tied for the CBJ lead in points with a 7-11-18 line and has been a steady performer for the team all season, including a hat trick Friday vs. Pittsburgh. 
  • Joonas Korpisalo  has a .916 save percentage over his last 11 games and looks better and better as the season is going on. His 11 wins are second in the Metropolitan Division behind Braden Holtby and he has a comparable GAA (2.84 to Holtby's 2.82) to the Capitals starter. 
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