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Young Stars Game

I would have liked to make a prediction on which players would make the Young Stars roster, but I was unable to guess how many players would make up the roster this year.  In the six years that the game has been played it has been subject to many format changes.  Two years ago, the Young Stars Game had 12 man rosters and was East Conference vs. West Conference.  Last year, they used eight man rosters with no Young Star goalies (the All Star Game goalies were used) and played East vs. West Conference.  This year it has 10 man rosters, with Young Star goalies again and is played rookies against sophomore (2nd year) players. 

It is impossible to build up a tradition behind the game when it undergoes a format change annually.  Anything that changes format as frequently as the Young Stars Game appears to be on the verge of cancellation.  The NHL would be advised to come up with a permanent format for the game and quit making changes.

This year, there will be a 3 on 3 game with the following rosters:

Rookies

Goaltender

Steve Mason Columbus

Defencemen

Drew Doughty Los Angeles
Luke Schenn Toronto

Forwards

Patrik Berglund St Louis
Mikkel Boedker Phoenix
Michael Frolik Florida
James Neal Dallas
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay
Kris Versteeg Chicago
Blake Wheeler Boston

Sophomores

Goaltender

Eric Ersberg Los Angeles

Defencemen

Kris Letang Pittsburgh
Marc Staal NY Rangers

Forwards

Nicklas Backstrom Washington
Andrew Cogliano Edmonton
Brandon Dubinsky NY Rangers
Bryan Little Atlanta
Milan Lucic Boston
Mason Raymond Vancouver
Devin Setoguchi San Jose

The teams are awfully forward heavy, carrying seven forwards each along with two defencemen and one goaltender.  As a result of this, several worthy defencemen were overlooked including Matt Hunwick, Tobias Enstrom and Alex Goligoski.  It wasn’t only defencemen overlooked.  Other players eligible for, but not playing in the game include Mike Smith, David Krejci and Bobby Ryan.  It looks as though rosters were chosen with a random procedure among eligible players.

Sure enough Steve Mason’s All Star snub was so that he could play in the Young Stars Game.  The idea that worthy All Stars should be kept out of the All Star Game because they still qualify for the Young Star Game is kind of dumb.  If he is an All Star he should be an All Star.  Arguably, Nicklas Backstrom got the same treatment, although I don’t see how he could have had an All Star roster spot given the method they are given out.  He would have had to force Marc Savard from the game, which would not have been a good selection. 

Likely, in the future, the Young Stars game will be changed again.  Perhaps there will be more defencemen in future games.  Until the NHL decides on a consistent format for this game it finds it hard to build up any kind of tradition and without that tradition it teeters on the brink of cancellation from year to year.

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