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Slavin wins Accuracy Shooting at All-Star Skills

Hurricanes defenseman edges Draisaitl of Oilers with time of 9.505

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

Slavin's Accuracy Shooting win

Accuracy Shooting: Slavin wins with superb shooting

Jaccob Slavin hit all five targets in 9.505 seconds to win the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting competition at the All-Star Skills Competition

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ST. LOUIS -- Jaccob Slavin used the advice of former teammate Eric Staal to win the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka at Enterprise Center on Friday.

Staal, who is currently a forward for the Minnesota Wild, played with Slavin with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2015-16 season before he was traded to the New York Rangers.

"Staal was sitting next to me and he said he was doing a little bit of it this morning," Slavin said. "He was just like, 'Shoot them as fast as you can, don't worry about if you miss or whatever.' That's what I tried to do."

The defenseman did just that, hitting the five targets on eight shots in 9.505 seconds to edge Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who needed only seven shots to hit the five targets but finished with a time of 10.257 seconds.

Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau finished third at 13.704.

"I just had a little bit of warmup there before the skills competition started and tried to get the shot going a little bit, but I was just having fun out there," Slavin said. "It was a really cool experience."

Video: Slavin on winning the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting

Eight players competed in the timed event, with each shooter positioned 25 feet from the goal line shooting pucks at target images that appeared on an LED screen.

As the second-to-last shooter, Slavin said he knew what the time to beat would likely be, with only St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to follow his performance.

"I think it definitely helped," Slavin said. "You kind of saw how the screen worked a little bit. I didn't know exactly what to expect going into it and so I know they changed it from last year, so I didn't really know what to expect, but it was nice going second-to-last and watching the other guys. I think I missed the first one and then I was like, 'Uh oh, this could be a long night.' But then I started rolling there and I'll take it."

Slavin is an all-star for the first time after replacing teammate Dougie Hamilton, who is out indefinitely for Carolina after surgery for a broken left fibula. He had family and friends in attendance, including his wife, Kylie's, family, which is from nearby Bethalto, Illinois.

"I still wished Dougie was here if he wasn't hurt," Slavin said. "To be in St. Louis is perfect.

"I hope [Hamilton] would be proud. I'm sure he would have won if he was in it. Maybe I'll have to split the money with him."

Slavin won $30,000 as the winner of the event.

His time was the fastest since the NHL changed the format to include five targets; former Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin set the previous record when he hit four targets in 7.3 seconds at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"That's pretty good company, I'd say so for sure," Slavin said.

Video: Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting Recap


Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes -- 9.505 seconds

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers -- 10.257

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers -- 13.704

Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues -- 13.763

Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings -- 13.868

Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets -- 15.160

Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks -- 17.161

Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils -- 19.550

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