Of course, the on-going conversation is about all the "snubs" and the players that should be there, but it's the All-Star festivities, it really doesn't make any difference. Now, if the hockey pool had the All-Star festivities as a mini-game, then we could talk at length about those players who should and shouldn't be in San Jose, but for now, we'll not worry about it.
|Leon Draisaitl||EDM||Stacey C.|
|John Gibson||ANA||Kristy & Don|
The Pacific Division starts off with no real surprises. Connor McDavid of the Oilers is the captain of the squad and since the game is being played in San Jose, the team is loaded up on Sharks. Leon Draisaitl was the player voted in as the last man, rounding out a very fast, incredibly skilled team.
|Nathan MacKinnon||COL||Stacey M.|
|Roman Josi||NAS||Stacey M.|
|Pekka Rinne||NAS||John P.|
Next up is the Central Division, which will be led by Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche. The Central is probably one of the hardest divisions to play against in the league, so they found a group of players incredibly tough to play against. Gabriel Landeskog, MacKinnon's teammate in Colorado, was the last man voted in for this division.
|David Pastrnak||BOS||Stacey M.|
|Thomas Chabot||OTT||Kristy & Don|
|Carey Price (x)||MTL||Stacey M.|
|Andrei Vasilevskiy||TAM||Dale C.|
The Atlantic Division is not going to be full of slouches, by any means. Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs gets the captaincy of this squad, which has goal scoring written all over it, from every aspect. Jeff Skinner of the Sabres, one of the league leaders in goals, was voted as the last man in for the division, while Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning will replace Carey Price of the Canadiens, who has opted to rest during the break.
|Alex Ovechkin (x)||WAS||Jesse|
|John Carlson||WAS||John P.|
|Braden Holtby||WAS||Stacey C.|
And finally, the Metropolitan Division, where it was supposed to be Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals to be captaining the team, but he too opted to rest during the break, so we're thinking that Claude Giroux will take the leadership reins for the team this year. Kris Letang of the Penguins was the last man in voted to the team for this squad, which certainly isn't short of play-making ability.
In terms of active players selected to go to the All-Star Game this year, Clayton and Grant lead the way with four selections each, while Stacey M. and Stuart each have three selections to play in the 3-on-3 tournament.
23 of 25 teams in the hockey pool have been represented in the selections, only Chelsea and Derek B. are without at least one player going to the mid-season tourney. That can change over the next couple of weeks, there are some injury concerns still out there and players could be added and removed, as we draw closer to the event. For now, this is what it will look like.