Who Will Make the NHL All-Star Tournament?

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

NHL All-Star Weekend is a little bit over a month away in San Jose. The NHL All-Star Fan Vote on NHL.com for the captains at this year's All-Star tournament has ended. Each team needs to have one All-Star. There will be six forwards, three defenseman, and two goalies on each team. This will be the fourth season the NHL has done an All-Star Tournament.

It is a 3 on 3 match up. The Central Division plays the Pacific Division and the Atlantic Division plays the Metropolitan Division. The winner of those games will play each other in the championship round. The winning team receivers $1,000,000. Each game is 20 minutes. Who will represent each division?

For the Metropolitan Division, the forwards will be Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (33 games, 16 goals and 25 assists, plus/minus 14), Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils (33 games, 11 goals and 26 assists, plus/minus -6), Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (35 games, 29 goals and 15 assists, plus/minus 14), Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers (35 games, 12 goals and 30 assists, plus/minus 4), Artemi Panarin of the Columbus Blue Jackets (34 games, 11 goals and 28 assists, plus/minus 5), and Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders (35 games, 5 goals and 24 assists, plus/minus -9).

The defenseman will be Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins (34 games, eight goals and 20 assists, plus/minus 8), John Carlson of the Washington Capitals (34 games, five goals and 30 assists, plus/minus 22), and Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes (35 games, two goals and 10 assists, plus/minus 2).

The goalies will be Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (10-9-6 record .915 save percentage and a 2.83 GAA) and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals (14-8-2 record .914 save percentage and a 2.79 GAA, along with two shutouts).

Possible snubs: Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes, Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers.

For the Atlantic Division, the forwards will be Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres (37 games, 14 goals and 34 assists, plus/minus 11), Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings (38 games, 15 goals and 21 assists, plus/minus -2), David Pastranak of the Boston Bruins (37 games, 23 goals and 24 assists, plus/minus 4), Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs (23 games, 19 goals and 15 assists, plus/minus 11), Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (37 games, 12 goals and 38 assists, plus/minus 15), and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning (36 games, 16 goals and 41 assists, plus/minus 10).

The defenseman will be Thomas Chabot of the Ottawa Senators (37 games, 10 goals and 27 assists, plus/minus is -3), Keith Yandle of the Florida Panthers (35 games, five goals and 26 assists, plus/minus -6), and Morgan Reilly of the Toronto Maple Leafs (37 games, 13 goals and 31 assists, plus/minus 26).

The goalies will be Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens (15-10-4 record .904 save percentage and a 2.84 GAA, along with one shutout) and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning (12-3-2 record .928 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA, along with one shutout).

Possible snubs: Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins, Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers.

The forwards for the Central Division will be Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche (37 games, 22 goals and 34 assists, plus/minus 15), Mikko Ratanen of the Colorado Avalanche (37 games, 16 goals and 43 assists, plus/minus 15), Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (38 games, 17 goals and 27 assists, plus/minus -9), Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets (36 games, 22 goals and 27 assists, plus/minus 19, Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets (36 games, five goals and 43 assists, plus/minus 10), and Ryan O'Reilly of the St. Louis Blues (34 games, 13 goals and 19 assists, plus/minus 3).

The defenseman will be Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators (37 games, seven goals and 21 assists, plus/minus -1), Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild (35 games, four goals and 22 assists, plus/minus -4), and Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets (30 games, four goals and 24 assists, plus/minus 7).

The goalies will be Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators (14-8-1 record .925 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA, along with two shutouts) and Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars (12-9-1 record .923 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA, along with two shutouts).

Possible snubs: Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets, Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild, and Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild.

The forwards for the Pacific Division will be Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (35 games, 19 goals and 33 assists, plus/minus 4), Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames (37 games, 16 goals and 32 assists, plus/minus 11), Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks (33 games, 17 goals and 19 assists, plus/minus 8), Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes (36 games, eight goals and 18 assists, plus/minus -8), Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames (37 games, 16 goals and 26 assists, plus/minus 6) and Leon Draistail of the Edmonton Oilers (36 games, 17 goals and 26 assists, plus/minus 4).

The defenseman will be Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks (38 games, four goals and 31 assists, plus/minus 5), Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames (35 games, six goals and 29 assists, plus/minus 20), and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings (37 games, two goals and 18 assists, plus/minus -11).

The goalies will be John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks (15-11-4 record .926 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA, along with one shutout) and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights (20-10-4 .906 save percentage and a 2.64 GAA, along with five shutouts).

Possible snubs: David Rittich of the Calgary Flames, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, Mikko Koskinen of the Edmonton Oilers, and Josh Montour of the Anaheim Ducks.