Thursday, December 27, 2018

2019 All-Star Game Captains

It was somewhat a of a closed competition for this year's NHL All-Star Game captaincy, as the NHL didn't disclose up-to-date voting numbers, likely trying to not sway some of the voting one way or the other... or they hid any of those write-in votes from surfacing in the end.  Nevertheless, the result was really what it should be and we have four representatives from each division, each one of them are a symbol of what today's game is... offense, speed and more offense.

In order of scoring ranks in the hockey pool this season, our four captains are Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche for the Central Division, Connor McDavid of the Oilers for the Pacific Division, Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals for the Metropolitan Division and Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division.

As the fans get to vote in the captains for the four All-Star tournament teams, the hard part is then putting together the four teams and the task will be quite large this year, given the number of players that are putting up some exceptional numbers and the selection constraints of the All-Star selection.  Spoiler alert, not everyone is going to be happy with the teams.

So, if this were to be a mini-game in the hockey pool this year, Stacey M., Tony, Jesse and Benson would have head starts on the roster, each getting a captain from their side to go to San Jose in about a month's time.  The mini-game was a pretty good success last season, so it will be interesting to see what the scoring looks like again this year.

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