Of course, there are going to be some detractors and critics to the game, but I still think those people want too much or expect too much from a game that literally means nothing. It's so weird. I think this is a great form of entertainment and when Alex Ovechkin is blocking shots in the final game with only minutes to go, you know there is something to this game.
So, for all intents and purposes, the All-Star Game doesn't have any value in the hockey pool this season, but one of these years, the mini-game might pop up on the wheel after a draft, so it's a good thing to get a good feel of the game. Normally, I would think you would try to pick players that would be good for the All-Star Game, regardless, but some names you probably wouldn't even think would be heading to the mid-season classic.
|Cam Atkinson||MET||2||3||2||0||0||5||Cam Wagner|
|John Tavares||MET||2||2||3||0||0||5||Stuart Greenley|
|Justin Faulk||MET||2||1||4||0||0||5||Eric Wheeler|
|Johnny Gaudreau||PAC||2||2||2||0||0||4||Tony Dourado|
|Bo Horvat||PAC||2||2||2||0||0||4||John Swan|
|Connor McDavid||PAC||2||2||2||0||0||4||Stacey Campbell|
|Nikita Kucherov||ATL||1||2||2||0||0||4||Brian Towers|
|Cam Fowler||PAC||2||1||3||0||0||4||Benson Greenley|
|Drew Doughty||PAC||2||1||3||0||0||4||Clayton Corley|
|Jeff Carter||PAC||2||1||3||0||0||4||Marcin Gieldowski|
|Vincent Trocheck||ATL||1||1||3||0||0||4||Marcie LaPorte|
|Braden Holtby||MET||2||0||0||2||0||4||Jeremy Dieser|
|Wayne Simmonds||MET||2||3||0||0||0||3||Kristy & Don|
|Joe Pavelski||PAC||2||2||1||0||0||3||Grant Saskiw|
|Taylor Hall||MET||2||1||2||0||0||3||John Swan|
|Ryan Kesler||PAC||2||1||2||0||0||3||Marcie LaPorte|
|Seth Jones||MET||2||2||0||0||0||2||Stacey McDonald|
|Alex Ovechkin||MET||2||1||1||0||0||2||Ryan Miller|
|Sidney Crosby||MET||2||1||1||0||0||2||Brenda & Seward|
|Brent Burns||PAC||2||1||1||0||0||2||Marcie LaPorte|
|Victor Hedman||ATL||1||1||1||0||0||2||Stuart Greenley|
|Mike Smith||PAC||2||0||0||1||0||2||Marcie LaPorte|
|Tyler Seguin||CEN||1||0||2||0||0||2||Brian Towers|
|Auston Matthews||ATL||1||1||0||0||0||1||Scott Gilmore|
|Erik Karlsson||ATL||1||1||0||0||0||1||Dale Bradley|
|Jonathan Toews||CEN||1||1||0||0||0||1||Derek Wilton|
|P.K. Subban||CEN||1||1||0||0||0||1||Eric Wheeler|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||CEN||1||1||0||0||0||1||Derek Bell|
|Martin Jones||PAC||2||0||1||0||0||1||Wes Moroz|
|Shea Weber||ATL||1||0||1||0||0||1||Marcin Gieldowski|
|Kyle Okposo||ATL||1||0||1||0||0||1||Wes Moroz|
|Brad Marchand||ATL||1||0||1||0||0||1||Cam Wagner|
|Ryan McDonagh||MET||2||0||0||0||0||0||Derek Wilton|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||MET||2||0||0||0||0||0||Mike Somerville|
|Frans Nielsen||ATL||1||0||0||0||0||0||Dale Bradley|
|Carey Price||ATL||1||0||0||0||0||0||Benson Greenley|
|Tuukka Rask||ATL||1||0||0||0||0||0||Troy Berkley|
|Duncan Keith||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||Stuart Greenley|
|Ryan Suter||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||John Swan|
|Patrik Laine||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||Scott Gilmore|
|Nathan MacKinnon||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||Clayton Corley|
|Patrick Kane||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||Clayton Corley|
|Devan Dubnyk||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||John Swan|
|Corey Crawford||CEN||1||0||0||0||0||0||Marcin Gieldowski|
The Metropolitan Division were our outright winners in the tournament, as they defeated the Pacific Division in the final game, 4-3, in a much tighter game than the first two games to decide our teams in the final.
The social media voters ended up giving the MVP nod to Wayne Simmonds of the Metro Division, but as we can see in the table above, Cam Atkinson was the best player, by pool standards and he earns our MVP honour for the games.
If this celebration was a mini-game in the pool, Marcie would finally have her money back, as her team dances around a number of other mini-games and the overall points race. Her team had four players playing in the tourney this year and her side finished with 3 goals, a win and 11 points overall, beating both Stuart and John S. by 4 points.
24 of 25 teams had players in the All-Star celebration and 22 of those 24 teams ended up with points, but it was a pretty broad range of scores at the end of the day. Who would have thought that Atkinson or Justin Faulk would be atop of the scoring ranks in this game?
And what the hell is wrong with the Central Division? They've crapped the bed two years in a row...