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My All Star Game Rosters

The captains of the NHL All Star teams were announced today.  They are Sidney Crosby for the Metropolitan Division, Carey Price for the Atlantic Division, PK Subban for the Central Division and Connor McDavid for the Pacific Division.  I will complete the rosters with my picks for the All Star Game.  There are eleven players who will be on each division's roster - six forwards, three defencemen and two goalies.  Each NHL team must have at least one player on their division's roster.  On the East Conference teams this means there are three free selections (a player who can be selected from any team) per division and on the West Conference teams there are four free selections per division.  I select players based only upon their play to date this season.  Thus a surprise player would be selected over a more proven player if he had been the better player so far this season.

Here are my proposed rosters for the NHL All Star Game:

Atlantic Division

Forwards

Aleksander Barkov Florida Panthers
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning
Brad Marchand Boston Bruins
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs
Max Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings

Defenceman

Victor Hedman Tampa Bay Lightning
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators
Rasmus Ristolainen Buffalo Sabres

Goaltenders

Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins

The most significant missing player here is Shea Weber who had been the top defenceman in the league through the first couple of months.  He has slowed down since and has been passed by Victor Hedman and Erik Karlsson.  Rasmus Ristolainen, the only Buffalo Sabre representative, takes the final defensive spot as Buffalo's top scorer.

Metropolitan Division

Forwards

Cam Atkinson Columbus Blue Jackets
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Taylor Hall New Jersey Devils
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
John Tavares New York Islanders
Jakub Voracek Philadelphia Flyers

Defenceman

Ryan McDonagh New York Rangers
Justin Schultz Pittsburgh Penguins
Jacob Slavin Carolina Hurricanes

Goaltenders

Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets
Braden Holtby Washington Capitals

The most famous player who is missing from this roster is Alex Ovechkin.  As the 15th highest scorer in the Metropolitan Division, he hasn't had an All Star calibre first half of the season.  I think the best performance omitted from this team is Phil Kessel who is the 7th highest scorer in the league.

Central Division

Forwards

Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Artemi Panarin Chicago Blackhawks
Mark Schiefele Winnipeg Jets
Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars
Vladimir Tarasenko St Louis Blues

Defenceman

Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
PK Subban Nashville Predators
Ryan Suter Minnesota Wild

Goaltenders

Corey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks
Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild

I think Dustin Byfuglien is the best player in the division so far this season who is missing from this roster.  He is the ice time leader in the league.

Pacific Division

Forwards

Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings
Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers
Bo Horvat Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Kesler Anaheim Ducks
Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers
Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks

Defenceman

Brent Burns San Jose Sharks
Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
Dougie Hamilton Calgary Flames

Goaltenders

Mike Smith Arizona Coyotes
Cam Talbot Edmonton Oilers

This team has done the best job of not omitting any key players.  I would argue that Ryan Getzlaf is probably the best player so far this season who is missing.

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