This is his ballot, choices, and an explanation of why he chose to vote despite the boycott by the local chapters of the PHWA.
My personal opinion is that he chose the professional course in this matter. Who knows if the outcome would have been different if he was present for the vote, but I would bet that he received some pressure from his brethren. Kudos Mr. Staple.
This time from Rafal Ladysz of Die By the Blade (SB Nation's Sabres blog).
"Top 10 NHL Secondary Scorers "
"7) Frans Nielsen (New York Islanders)
Is there a more underappreciated competitor in the National Hockey League? Denmark’s proud export is a big-hearted and tactically aware center who has a penchant for scoring shorthanded...."