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In what proves the process is a huge joke, Daniel Alfredsson led fan balloting for the 2012 All Star selection followed by Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, meaning Kessel and Lupul will have to selected by the League. Democracy has indeed failed.

You have to feel for poor Dion Phaneuf, who was second highest vote getter among defencemen. He will have to skate alongside 4 Senators in the opening lineup and his D partner is Erik Karlsson, who will undoubtedly score three points the opening shift and still finish a -2.

Kessel garnered the fourth most fan votes among forwards, and Lupul was 5th. The two are 4th and 5th in the points scoring race and are the only two to have played more than 30 and never gone more than a game without a point.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He's published five magazines on the team entitled "The Maple Leafs Annual" with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts "The Battle of the Atlantic," a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth. Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada's Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian. You can contact him at alec.brownscombe@mapleleafshotstove.com.