NHL announces rosters for the 2020 All-Star Game

Dec 30 2019, 9:36 pm

The NHL revealed the rosters for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game today.

All-Star Weekend, which takes place in St. Louis January 24 and 25 this season, will feature the same format as the last four years. Players will represent each of the league’s four divisions, with a three-on-three tournament taking place.

Every NHL team is required to be represented, which makes for some interesting snubs. Bruins star Brad Marchand, who is currently fourth in the league in points, was not selected, for instance. Meanwhile, players like Anthony Duclair (Senators), Tyler Bertuzzi (Red Wings), Kyle Palmieri (Devils), and Jakob Silfverberg have been picked to play, as there’s not much competition from their current clubs.

Alex Ovechkin won’t be playing, but that’s by choice — as he previously indicated that he would prefer to rest despite being voted in as captain of the Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby also won’t be playing, though he is currently out with an injury.

No NHL team will be sending more than two players to the All-Star Game with the exception of the host team. Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo, and Jordan Binnington will represent the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.

While each All-Star team had to carry two goaltenders, no restrictions were made on the number of defencemen picked. That has Canucks fans upset that star rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes wasn’t picked — as Flames captain Mark Giordano was the lone blueliner selected for the Pacific Division.

Fans in Toronto might be upset that Mitch Marner wasn’t selected, as Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen will represent the Maple Leafs.

All is not lost for the snubbed players, though, as a “last man in” fan vote will take place, which will add an extra player per team (more on that later).

Here’s a look at the players selected to the NHL All-Star Game, with captains (as voted in by fans) marked with an asterisk:

Atlantic Division

  • F *David Pastrnak, BOS
  • G Tuukka Rask, BOS
  • F Jack Eichel, BUF
  • F Tyler Bertuzzi, DET
  • F Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA
  • D Shea Weber, MTL
  • F Anthony Duclair, OTT
  • D Victor Hedman, TBL
  • G Frederik Andersen, TOR
  • F Auston Matthews, TOR

Central Division

  • F Patrick Kane, CHI
  • F *Nathan MacKinnon, COL
  • F Tyler Seguin, DAL
  • F Eric Staal, MIN
  • D Roman Josi, NSH
  • F Ryan O’Reilly, STL
  • G Jordan Binnington, STL
  • D Alex Pietrangelo, STL
  • G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG
  • F Mark Scheifele, WPG

Metropolitan Division

  • D Dougie Hamilton, CAR
  • D Seth Jones, CBJ
  • G Joonas Korpisalo, CBJ
  • F Kyle Palmieri, NJD
  • F Mathew Barzal, NYI
  • F Artemi Panarin, NYR
  • F Travis Konecny, PHI
  • F Jake Guentzel, PIT
  • D John Carlson, WSH
  • G Braden Holtby, WSH

Pacific Division

  • F Jakob Silfverberg, ANA
  • G Darcy Kuemper, ARI
  • F Matthew Tkachuk, CGY
  • D Mark Giordano, CGY
  • F *Connor McDavid, EDM
  • F Leon Draisaitl, EDM
  • F Anze Kopitar, LAK
  • F Logan Couture, SJS
  • F Elias Pettersson, VAN
  • G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK

Last Men In campaigns have likely already begun across the NHL, as for the second straight season the league is allowing fans to pick four players from a list of 31 potential All-Stars (one per NHL team). The highest vote-getters per division will be added to the team, with voting open from January 1-10.

Here’s the list of Last Men In candidates:

Atlantic Division

  • Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron (F)
  • Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Dahlin (D)
  • Detroit Red Wings: Dylan Larkin (F)
  • Florida Panthers: Aleksander Barkov (F)
  • Montreal Canadiens: Max Domi (F)
  • Ottawa Senators: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos (F)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: Mitch Marner (F)

Central Division

  • Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews (F)
  • Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar (D)
  • Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn (F)
  • Minnesota Wild: Ryan Suter (D)
  • Nashville Predators: Matt Duchene (F)
  • St. Louis Blues: David Perron (F)
  • Winnipeg Jets: Patrik Laine (F)

Metropolitan Division

  • Carolina Hurricanes: Teuvo Teravainen (F)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: Nick Foligno (F)
  • New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier (F)
  • New York Islanders: Brock Nelson (F)
  • New York Rangers: Mika Zibanejad (F)
  • Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux (F)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Kris Letang (D)
  • Washington Capitals: T.J. Oshie (F)

Pacific Division

  • Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (F)
  • Arizona Coyotes: Clayton Keller (F)
  • Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau (F)
  • Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F)
  • Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty (D)
  • San Jose Sharks: Tomas Hertl (F)
  • Vancouver Canucks: Quinn Hughes (D)
  • Vegas Golden Knights: Max Pacioretty (F)

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