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NHL.com makes its picks for All-Star rosters

Staff chooses 11-man teams for each division; fan voting for captains begins Nov. 30

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Fan voting for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game begins Nov. 30, and to mark the occasion, NHL.com staff writers and editors have made their picks.

Voters were asked to select a captain for each divisional team, which is what the public will be voting on.

The staffers went a step further and picked the remaining players to fill out the 11-man team for each of the four divisions. They were assigned to specific divisions and each named six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies to represent that division.

 

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Once the captains are selected, NHL Hockey Operations will name the remaining rosters, which feature six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. Each team in each division will be represented by at least one player on the roster.

NHL.com decided to take the initial temperature on what the rosters could look like for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25, 2020, by assigning a panel of four NHL.com writers per division to cast its roster vote.

Here are the results:

 

Atlantic Division

Forwards

David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins (captain)

Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers

Anthony Mantha, Detroit Red Wings

Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Defensemen

Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

Goalies

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Others receiving votes: forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Senators), Patrice Bergeron (Bruins), Dylan Larkin, (Red Wings), Steven Stamkos (Lightning); defensemen Keith Yandle (Panthers), Rasmus Dahlin (Sabres); goalies Anders Nilsson (Senators), Sergei Bobrovsky (Panthers)

Scouting report: This team should have no problem scoring. Four of the forwards are among the top 10 in the League in points and Pastrnak was the first player to reach 20 goals this season. It's a nice mix of finishers and set-up guys up front. On defense, Hedman and especially Weber can bring it from the point. That scoring should be enough for Rask and Price, who each have shown they know how to win all types of games this season. Three different players got votes for the captaincy, but Pastrnak was the only one to receive multiple votes and is the perfect choice in production and personality to lead this team.

Voters: Amalie Benjamin, Jon Lane, Dave Stubbs, Mike Zeisberger

 

Metropolitan Division

Forwards

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (captain)

Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Travis Konecny, Philadelphia Flyers

Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers

Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes

Defensemen

John Carlson, Washington Capitals

Dougie Hamilton, Carolina Hurricanes

Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets

Goalies

Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

Others receiving votes: forwards Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Sean Couturier (Flyers), Jake Guentzel (Penguins); defensemen Ivan Provorov (Flyers), Zach Werenski (Blue Jackets); goalies Braden Holtby (Capitals), Petr Mrazek (Hurricanes)

Scouting report: Good luck putting the brakes on this offensive juggernaut. Ovechkin has eight seasons with 50 or more goals and is in the Top 10 in goals again this season. Hall was the League's most valuable player two seasons ago and Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring after signing as a free agent this offseason. Then factor in the potential offensive production from the defensemen: Carlson leads the position in points this season and is having a season worthy of the Norris Trophy, if not the Hart Trophy. Hamilton is tied for second in scoring among defensemen, averaging a point per game. They can win a shootout too with Greiss (.930 save percentage this season) and Murray (two-time Stanley Cup winner) in net.

Voters: Brian Compton, Tom Gulitti, Adam Kimelman, Mike Morreale

 

Central Division

Forwards

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (captain)

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

David Perron, St. Louis Blues

Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild

Defensemen

Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche

Goalies

Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Others receiving votes: forwards Patrik Laine (Jets), Zach Parise (Wild), Ryan O'Reilly (Blues), Brayden Schenn (Blues), Jason Zucker (Wild); defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (Blues); goalie Ben Bishop (Stars)

Scouting report: You won't find a more experienced team than this one, especially at forward. MacKinnon is the fresh face among the group, having been in the League for six seasons and made a couple of runs at the Hart Trophy. Kane has won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015) and is coming off his best statistical season. Seguin (2011) and Perron (2019) have each won the Stanley Cup. Staal, also a Cup winner (2006), has played 1,200 regular-season NHL games. The defense is not as experienced, but its youthful energy is intoxicating. Makar leads the conversation for the Calder Trophy. In goal, Binnington has continued his success from last season, which culminated with a Stanley Cup championship.

Voters: Tim Campbell, Nick Cotsonika, William Douglas, Tracey Myers

 

Pacific Division

Forwards

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (captain)

Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks

Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames 

Defensemen

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes

Others receiving votes: forwards Anze Kopitar (Kings), Max Pacioretty (Golden Knights); defensemen Cam Fowler (Ducks), Mark Giordano (Flames), Oscar Klefbom (Oilers)

Scouting report: This team might have the perfect mixture of youthful exuberance and veteran savvy in the tournament. The young guns are led by Draisaitl and McDavid, the top two scorers in the League and each on a pace for more than 140 points this season. And let's not forget Pettersson, who is the reigning rookie of the year, and Tkachuk, who, in his third NHL season, had 77 points in 2018-19. Getzlaf, who played in his 1,000th game this month, and Couture, fill the mentorship roles up front. Hughes, a contender for the Calder Trophy, can rely on veterans Burns and Doughty, each of whom has won the Norris Trophy. In goal, Fleury, who has won the Stanley Cup three times (2009, 2016, 2017) and got the expansion Golden Knights to the Cup Final two seasons ago, will be the steadying influence.

Voters: Pete Jensen, Rob Reese, Dan Rosen, David Satriano

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