NHL’s all-star voting early leaders are out, and it’s the usual suspects – with one exception

The NHL released the top vote-getters after Week 2 of balloting for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, and many of the names at the top of the leader board are familiar superstars – with one notable exception sitting at the very top.

The NHL released the top 2014-15 all-star game vote-getters after two weeks of balloting, and most of the leaders are exactly whom you’d expect – including Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Carey Price – with one major exception.

Buffalo Sabres sophomore Zemgus Girgensons received the most votes of any player, and not just by a little, either: the Latvian center’s 399,356 votes are nearly 160,000 more than the second most voted-for player (and Week One’s overall voting leader) P.K. Subban (240,362).

Shades of Rory Fitzpatrick.

Only a few days ago, Girgensons sat fourth in voting among forwards, but clearly, Sabres fans, the people of hockey-crazed Latvia and/or the Girgensons clan have been motivated to stuff the ballot box in support of the 20-year-old: in a single week, he received 378,297 votes after garnering only 21,059 through the first week.

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Nearly 8.5 million votes from more than 170 countries have been registered thus far; Montreal’s Price is the leading vote-getter among goalies (204,923), Subban is the top defenseman (followed by Chicago’s Duncan Keith with 208,086), and Crosby (218,672), Kane (216,261) and Hawks teammate Jonathan Toews (212,994) are the next most voted-for forwards behind Girgensons. If you want your vote to be counted, do so here by the Jan. 1 deadline. The game will be played Jan. 25 at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena.