Sunday, January 13, 2019

2019 All-Star Game Rosters Announced

Thanks to the Last Man Vote that the NHL held for the final spots on each of the All-Star Game rosters, I've held out posting the complete list of players going to San Jose for the All-Star festivities.  I was also away from the computer quite a bit already this weekend, missing out on the final announcement on Friday, so I'm finally sitting down to it right now.

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.

Forwards NHL Pool
Connor McDavid EDM Tony
Johnny Gaudreau CAL Wilton
Clayton Keller ARI Brian
Joe Pavelski SAN Clayton
Elias Pettersson VAN Clayton
Leon Draisaitl EDM Stacey C.
Defense NHL Pool
Brent Burns SAN Brenda
Erik Karlsson SAN Clayton
Drew Doughty LOS Benson
Goalies NHL Pool
Marc-Andre Fleury VGK Troy
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.

Forwards NHL Pool
Nathan MacKinnon COL Stacey M.
Patrick Kane CHI Stuart
Ryan O'Reilly STL Steve
Mikko Rantanen COL Ryan
Mark Scheifele WPG Brian
Blake Wheeler WPG Wes
Gabriel Landeskog COL Jesse
Defense NHL Pool
Miro Heiskanen DAL Jesse
Roman Josi NAS Stacey M.
Goalies NHL Pool
Pekka Rinne NAS John P.
Devan Dubnyk MIN Wes

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.

Forwards NHL Pool
Auston Matthews TOR Benson
Jack Eichel BUF Grant
Nikita Kucherov TAM Grant
David Pastrnak BOS Stacey M.
Steven Stamkos TAM Ryan
John Tavares TOR Neil
Jeff Skinner BUF Stuart
Defense NHL Pool
Thomas Chabot OTT Kristy & Don
Keith Yandle FLA Grant
Goalies NHL Pool
Carey Price (x) MTL Stacey M.
Jimmy Howard DET Tony
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.

Forwards NHL Pool
Alex Ovechkin (x) WAS Jesse
Claude Giroux PHI Troy
Sebastian Aho CAR Wilton
Cam Atkinson CBJ Clayton
Mathew Barzal NYI Grant
Sidney Crosby PIT Eric
Taylor Hall NJD Mike
Defense NHL Pool
Seth Jones CBJ Stuart
John Carlson WAS John P.
Kris Letang PIT Jeremy
Goalies NHL Pool
Braden Holtby WAS Stacey C.
Henrik Lundqvist NYR Scott

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.

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