When Will the Zemgus Girgenson's Mockery End?

Today marks the first day of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game festivities in Columbus, Ohio.  The weekend will kick off tonight as the two teams select their roster in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. By the end of tonight, all 36 All-Stars will be assigned to either Team Foligno (Nick) or Team Toews. Drew Doughty (LAK) and the local boy, Patrick Kane (CHI) have been named assistant captains of Nick Foligno’s (CBJ) team. Jonathan Toews (CHI) will have Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) and Rick Nash (NYR) as his assistant captains.

Nationwide Arena (pictured above) will be filled with 20,000+ hockey faithful this weekend during the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.  Image courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch 

Nationwide Arena (pictured above) will be filled with 20,000+ hockey faithful this weekend during the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio. 

Image courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch 

As the anticipation builds, especially for our lone Sabre, Zemgus Girgensons, some of the NHL.com writers took to making a mock NHL All-Star Draft. To replicate the same rules that Team Foligno and Team Toews will have to follow come this afternoon, all goaltenders had to be selected by the 10th round, defensemen by the 15th round, and each team had to have 12 forwards, six defensemen, and three goaltenders. Their draft was completed prior to the announcement of injuries to Sidney Crosby, Evengi Malkin, and Sergei Bobrovsky that will keep them out of the All-Star Game.

Sidney Crosby (87), pictured in the center, will miss this weekend's activities due to a lower-body injury. Along with Crosby, Evengi Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky will also miss the action due to injury. Image courtesy of ESPN.com

Sidney Crosby (87), pictured in the center, will miss this weekend's activities due to a lower-body injury. Along with Crosby, Evengi Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky will also miss the action due to injury.

Image courtesy of ESPN.com

Looking through their mock draft and reading the justifications for each pick of the round, many of them look well thought out and researched. Scrolling through, it really builds your curiosity as a Sabres fan to see where Zemgus will be picked and what the experts will say about him. Scrolling through, scrolling through, all the way down to Team Foligno’s pick in round 16, 32nd overall.

A late pick? Yes. I feel as if that should be expected when Zemgus, who is in his Sophomore year of the NHL, is compared to the greatness of Steven Stamkos (TBL), Alex Ovechkin (WSH), and John Tavares (NYI). Heck, he was picked only 2 picks after Phil Kessel (TOR), one of the hardest players to coach in the league, and right after Patrice Bergeron (BOS).

In just his second year playing in the NHL, Zemgus Girgensons leads the Sabres in goals scored (13) and is tied for second with Drew Stafford in the points category (22), 6 points behind the Sabres leading scorer Tyler Ennis (28). Image courtesy of ESPN.com

In just his second year playing in the NHL, Zemgus Girgensons leads the Sabres in goals scored (13) and is tied for second with Drew Stafford in the points category (22), 6 points behind the Sabres leading scorer Tyler Ennis (28).

Image courtesy of ESPN.com

There is no disputing Zemgus’s case for a higher draft ranking. What should be disputed, however, is what these writers chose to write underneath the pick. If you haven’t seen the Zemgus Girgenson’s rap song, then I advise you to YouTube, otherwise you will not get the reference. Here is what it says:

“Who’s the one with a lot of money? Zemgus Girgensons. Who’s the one which   word we are shouting? Zemgus Girgensons. [Love Latvian tribute raps.]”

Really? Come on! Here I am, reading through all of these articulate reasonings for each pick and I arrive at the one player I was scrolling through to see and I read this garbage. For those of you that need help understanding the reference, Olas, a Latvian rap group decided to make a rap about Girgensons. Being the highest-drafted Latvian in NHL history, Zemgus is a star in his country. Instead of highlighting his hard work and determination, characteristics that Ted Nolan says are typical of players from Latvia, these writers chose to translate a few lines of the rap into English and post these two sentences, with none of the content relating to hockey. 

I get it; I think we all get it now. Zemgus received the most votes in the NHL All-Star vote and a majority of them came from Latvia. The only legitimate defense that these sports writers may have for displaying such immaturity is the fact that Zemgus has been playing on the Sabres, a team that non-Sabres fans see as a laughingstock of the NHL. How much lower can the NHL go in mocking this organization?

This should upset Sabres fans and even the people of Latvia. The pride that both Buffalo and Latvia have for the Sabres and Zemgus is insurmountable. In fact, I am looking forward to the Latvian Locomotive impressing the hockey world this weekend and putting the city of Buffalo and his home country of Latvia on his back. There is no proving them wrong, there is only proving them right and hopefully Zemgus will go out there and silence the mockery because honestly, Sabres fans are sick of it.  

To see the mock draft, follow the link below:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=749734