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by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog has been selected to represent the Avalanche at the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa, the league announced today.  Landeskog will be one of 12 rookies to participate in the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Scotiabank Place (5:00 p.m. MT, NBCSN).

The 59th NHL All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place (2:00 p.m. MT, NBCSN).

Colorado’s first-round pick (second overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft, Landeskog has appeared in all 44 games for the Avalanche this year, tallying 21 points (8g/13a).  The 19-year-old leads the team in plus/minus (+9), shots (132), hits (112) and is tied for first in game-winning goals (2).  Landeskog ranks first among all NHL rookies in shots and takeaways (37), while ranking second in hits and third in plus/minus.

Landeskog, the highest draft pick in Avalanche history, made his NHL debut as an 18-year-old in the season opener on Oct. 8 against Detroit.  The Stockholm, Sweden native scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 12 at Columbus, becoming the youngest Swedish-born player in NHL history to score a goal.

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