by PuckStopsHere on 04/12/13 at 12:42 AM ET
Due to a lockout there is no NHL All Star Game this year. Usually an All Star Game occurs a little bit after the middle of the season with teams picked around the season's midpoint. In a regular length 82 game season, the 41 game point is the mid-point and teams are beginning to arrive at that point now. Thus I am picking hypothetical All Star teams today.
I am selecting two teams with 21 players each. There are three goalies, six defencemen and twelve forwards on each team. I am forcing myself to have at least one player per team. In the NHL they have an out for this condition in the last couple of years. There are a few rookies selected to the All Star Game in the past few years and these rookies only play in the skills competition and not in the game itself. This has been used as an out on a bad team where a rookie is selected but no other player. I am not selecting rookies for my hypothetical All Star Game and this makes few spots available for more than one player on any given team. I have selected the starters for the game as the people I think would win a fan vote. I am assuming the vote would pick three forwards, two defencemen and one goalie per conference with no concern for the team those players are with. This will further limit the spots available for second players on teams if there are several starters from the same team.
Since this is a hypothetical game I have not been concerned with selecting healthy players. A deserving injured player still earned a spot on my teams.
Here are my All Star Teams:
Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets
Antti Niemi San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings (starter)
Francois Beauchemin Anaheim Ducks
Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings (starter)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Pietrangelo St Louis Blues
Ryan Suter Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber Nashville Predators (starter)
Jamie Benn Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings (starter)
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Curtis Glencross Calgary Flames
Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks (starter)
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks (starter)
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings
Craig Anderson Ottawa Senators
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers (starter)
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins
Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets
Brian Campbell Florida Panthers
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins (starter)
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Andrei Markov Montreal Canadiens
PK Subban Montreal Canadiens
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils
Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs
Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins (starter)
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals (starter)
Martin St Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares New York Islanders
Thomas Vanek Buffalo Sabres
Jakub Voracek Philadelphia Flyers
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