Voting closes at the stroke of midnight tonight, and on Thursday the NHL will most likely announce starters for the Jan. 29 All Star Game in the nation's capital. The Senators should be well represented. Heading into the final hours, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, centre Jason Spezza and defenceman Erik Karlsson were all on track for starting assignments.

Voting was simple enough; fans punched in votes early and often, with no qualms about the legitimacy of any of Ottawa's top players taking part in the all-star festivities on their home ice.

But will members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) have Karlsson's name in mind when they lay down their Norris Trophy votes in April?

Not likely. And yet the soaring level of Karlsson's play, not to mention the point totals he is amassing, have to at least put him in the conversation when it is time to discuss the NHL's top defencemen.