Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, it was announced today following the "Last Men In" fan voting. Landeskog was voted as the Central Division's final player and will join teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California (6 p.m. MT, NBC). The Avalanche linemates will also participate in the SAP NHL All-Star Skills event the night before on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m. MT, NBCSN).
This year marks the first time that three Avalanche players will participate in an NHL All-Star Game since 2003-04, when Rob Blake, Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay competed for the Western Conference in Minnesota.
As a rookie in 2011-12, Landeskog took part in the NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa, participating in the All-Star Skills competition as Colorado's lone representative.
Landeskog leads the team with a career-high 27 goals this season, topping his previous high of 26 tallies set in 2013-14. Landeskog's 27 goals rank fifth in the NHL, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (32), Jeff Skinner (29), John Tavares (29) and Brayden Point (28). In Avalanche history, only Sakic (30 in 1995-96) tallied more goals through 44 team games. Landeskog has also set career highs in power-play goals (9) and game-winning tallies (7), the latter of which is tied for the league lead. The Stockholm native ranks third on the team in points (51) and shares the club lead with a +18 plus/minus rating.
In addition to his seven game-winners, a league-high 17 of Landeskog's 27 goals have come in the third period, which is already a new Avalanche single-season record (since 1995-96). He broke the previous mark of 15 third-period markers shared by Valeri Kamensky in 1995-96, Sakic in 2000-01 and Marek Svatos in 2005-06.
Video: DAL@COL: Landeskog nets go-ahead goal on deflection
The second overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Landeskog has recorded 392 points (170g/222a) in 550 career regular-season games. He has more goals than any other player from the 2011 draft, has the second-most points (Nikita Kucherov, 405) and was the first member of that draft class to appear in 500 games. He has 11 points (7g/4a) in 13 career playoff contests.
Landeskog is halfway through his eighth NHL season and his seventh as team captain after being named to the role on Sept. 4, 2012. Only six other current NHL players have served as captains of their respective teams for a longer period of time. He was the youngest captain in NHL history at the time of his appointment at 19 years, 286 days, 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby (19.297 on May 31, 2007).
Last season, Landeskog captained the Avalanche to a 47-point turnaround, tied for the fourth highest in NHL history, and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He went on to lead the Avs with four goals and seven points during the 2018 postseason. In his second season as team captain, 2013-14, Landeskog helped lead the Avs to a record-tying 52 wins and the franchise's first division title since 2002-03.
Landeskog won the 2012 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie after finishing tied for first among rookies with 52 points (22g/30a) in 82 games. He was the second NHL rookie to ever surpass 20 goals and 200 hits in a season, joining Dion Phaneuf with Calgary in 2005-06. His 20 goals also led the team, the first teenager in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to pace the team in goal scoring.
At the international level, Gabriel has represented Sweden at the 2014 Olympics, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, three IIHF World Championships (2012, 2013, 2017), the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Off the ice, Landeskog has been Colorado's nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in each of the last five seasons (leadership and humanitarian contribution). Some of his community highlights include serving as a group ambassador for "Friends," a global anti-bullying effort based in Stockholm.
Video: PIT@COL: Landeskog pinballs one home for the lead
Landeskog (51), MacKinnon (66), Rantanen (68) have combined for 185 points (73g/112a) this season, the most of any three teammates. Tampa's Kucherov (72), Brayden Point (60) and Steven Stamkos (49) are second with 181. The Avalanche trio's 185 points are the most by three teammates through 44 contests since Mario Lemieux (76), Jaromir Jagr (70) and Ron Francis (53) combined for 199 with the Penguins in 1996-97. Colorado's threesome has factored on 92 of 151 goals this season (60.9%).
The 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will once again consist of a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring four teams - one for each NHL division. Each team will be made up of 11 players from the respective division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.