"Ryan Whitney of the Penguins ranks seventh among defensemen with 27,028 votes; center Evgeni Malkin is eighth among forwards with 18,015. (source: PG)"
For the record, stats to date:
Ryan Whitney: 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points
Evgeni Malkin: 7g, 20a, 27p
Sergei Gonchar: 5g, 14a, 19 points (left off the All-Star ballot.....even though he's #1 to date in scoring for all defensemen in the NHL)