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Roster Selections for the NHL All-Star Game

As promised, below is a list of who I would choose to be on the rosters of the respective divisions for the NHL ASG;

Atlantic Division – Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Boston, Florida, Buffalo, Toronto

Montreal – Pacioretty, Subban, Price

Ottawa – Ryan, Karlsson

Tampa Bay – Stamkos, Hedman, Bishop

Detroit – Zetterberg

Boston – Krejci

Florida – Jagr

Honorable Mention – Larkin, Markov, Mrazeck

 

Metropolitan Division – New York X2, Washington, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Philly, Carolina, Columbus

New York Rangers – Lundqvist

New York Islanders – Tavares

Washington – Ovechkin, Backstom, Kuznetsov, Carlson, Holtby

Pittsburgh – Crosby, Malkin, Letang

Carolina – Faulk

Honorable Mention – Giroux, McDonough, Fluery

 

Central Division – Dallas, St. Louis, Nashville, Minnesota, Chicago, Winnipeg, Colorado

Dallas – Benn, Sequin, Klingberg

St. Louis – Tarasenko

Nashville – Rinne

Minnesota – Suter, Dubnyk

Chicago – Kane, Panarin, Seabrook

Winnipeg – Wheeler

Honorable Mention – Mackinnon, Josi

 

Pacific Division – Los Angeles, San Jose, Arizona, Vancouver, Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton

Los Angeles – Carter, Toffoli, Doughty, Quick

San Jose – Pavelski, Burns, Jones

Arizona – Hanzal, Ekman-Larsson

Calgary – Gaudreau

Edmonton – Hall

Honorable Mention – Domi, Edler, Miller

There are obviously a lot of great players who I would not have room with if I were the coach of any of the divisions for the ASG. You can see the guard is starting to change as your ASG players are becoming your younger superstars, not leaving much room for the veterans.

A couple of things to note: Taking three forwards from Washington is extremely risky. Backstrom and Kuznetsov are both averaging a point-per-game as of this post. Ovechkin is one of the best goal scorers in the history of the game and he cannot be left out, especially a 3v3. The central division is the deepest division in terms of talent. Panarin and Klingberg both get nods as being in the top of the league in scoring. Panarin and Kane have been absolutely ridiculous up until this point and during 3v3 would certainly not disappoint. The Central Division should win the tournament as they have pretty much every elite scorer in the game right now. The biggest shocker on the board is probably Justin Faulk, but he is quietly putting up a solid season in Carolina. Speaking of defensemen, my philosophy would lean more towards agile defensemen, hence the reasoning for Suter and Seabrook over a guy like Byfuglien. As for goaltenders, it’s your usual suspects, also taking into consideration which goalies have logged a lot of minutes and are in great shape. This will have to be the case with the frantic pace of a 3v3. Miller is the exception to this rule as I think Martin Jones has fared well so far in San Jose and is a bonafide starter in the NHL.

If you were to pick the teams, what would you do differently? The same?

 

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