The NHL announced a new format for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday night.
The game, on Sunday, Jan. 31, will be a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against one another in a winner-take-all format. The Atlantic Division will face the Metropolitan Division in one semifinal and the Central Division will face the Pacific Division in the other semifinal. The winners play in the championship game.
Games will be 20 minutes in length and will be decided by a shootout if tied after the 20 minutes.
Each division's roster will have six forwards, three defenseman and two goalies. One player from each division will be voted onto the team by the fans and the other 40 players will be selected by the League's Hockey Operations Department. Each team will have at least one player from every team in their division.
Roster selections won't be announced until sometime in January, but NHL.com enlisted four of its writers – Arpon Basu (Atlantic Division), Mike Morreale (Metropolitan Division), Dan Rosen (Central Division) and Kevin Woodley (Pacific Division) to take an early guess at what the four divisional rosters could look like.
Atlantic Division All-Stars
Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres
Jaromir Jagr, RW, Florida Panthers
David Krejci, C, Boston Bruins
Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings
Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators
Morgan Rielly, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
P.K. Subban, D, Montreal Canadiens
Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers
Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens
Metropolitan Division All-Stars
Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals
Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins
Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers
John Tavares, F, New York Islanders
Mats Zuccarello, F, New York Rangers
Brandon Saad, F, Columbus Blue Jackets
John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina Hurricanes
Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers
Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils
Central Division All-Stars
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks
Vladimir Tarasenko, LW, St. Louis Blues
Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas Stars
Blake Wheeler, RW, Winnipeg Jets
Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars
Ryan Suter, D, Minnesota Wild
John Klingberg, D, Dallas Stars
Tyson Barrie, D, Colorado Avalanche
Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators
Jake Allen, G, St. Louis Blues
Pacific Division All-Stars
Taylor Hall, LW, Edmonton Oilers
Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Calgary Flames
Tyler Toffoli, C, Los Angeles Kings
Max Domi, LW, Arizona Coyotes
Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks
Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks
Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles Kings
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Arizona Coyotes
Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks
Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings
Here's how our writers arrived at the above rosters:
Washington's Alex Ovechkin is one of the most dynamic scorers in the world. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby is off to a slow start, but has the skills possessed by few others and remains the biggest of names. Philadelphia's Claude Giroux continues to be one of the most creative and deceptive setup men in the League. John Tavares of the New York Islanders is tied for the division lead in goals and second in game-winners; he has been a finalist for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in two of the past three seasons.
Forwards Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Mats Zuccarello of the Rangers also earn their way onto this team. Zuccarello ranks second in the division in points per 60 minutes and in primary assists. Saad has the most power-play goals in the division.
McDonagh always seems to find a way to come up big in key moments and has been a key cog in the Rangers' early-season dominance. John Carlson of the Capitals and Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes rank Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in points among defensemen in the division.
Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers has the lowest goals-against average and highest save percentage in the division. It's time Cory Schneider got his due in his second full season as a full-time starter with the New Jersey Devils. Schneider has played the most minutes of any goalie in the division and is among the League leaders in every statistical category despite playing on a rebuilding team this season. – Mike Morreale
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