The NHL released its rosters for this year’s upcoming NHL All-Star Tournament weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Due to a fan vote contest, we already knew who the team’s captains would be:
Connor McDavid will captain Team Pacific, P.K. Subban will captain Team Central, Alex Ovechkin will captain Team Metropolitan and hometown hero Steven Stamkos will captain Team Atlantic.
As for the rest of the roster, feast your eyes:
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (C)
F Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings
G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
F Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (C)
F Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
F Josh Bailey, New York Islanders
F John Tavares, New York Islanders
F Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
D Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
D Noah Hanifin, Carolina Hurricanes
D Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
F Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
F Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
F Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues
F Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild
F Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
D P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators (C)
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
D John Klingberg, Dallas Stars
G Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
G Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
F Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (C)
F Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
F Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
F James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights
F Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks
F Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
G Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the fact that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby made the cut. Despite a slow start to the season Crosby has turned it on as of late, but admitted recently that he doesn’t feel he’s played like an All-Star this season.
“I don’t expect to be (at the All-Star Game), to be honest with you,” Crosby told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday. “I haven’t even thought about it. I don’t feel like I’ve had an all-star first half.”
It’s pretty incredible when you consider that Crosby is on pace to put up another season of 80+ points, but remarkably his pace of 84 points in 82 games would be a career low for him. When you’re that good, the bar is set higher.
What do you think? Any other notable snubs from the list?
It’s interesting to note that Vancouver Canucks youngster Brock Boeser will be the only rookie in the NHL’s annual event. The struggling Canucks don’t really have many All-Star options on their roster, but it’s hard to argue that Boeser hasn’t earned his spot regardless. The 20-year old has a remarkable 22 goals and 40 points in 40 games during his rookie campaign.
In other All-Star news, the NHL released the uniforms for the upcoming games last week. Check them out:
Yay or nay?