When they are, we will find out who will join captains Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic Division), Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche (Central Division) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (Pacific Division) in San Jose for the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills on Jan. 25 (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
In the meantime, we asked four NHL.com writers, one familiar with each division, to take his/her shot at what the lineups could look like.
They followed the rules Hockey Operations will use, meaning two goalies, three defensemen and six forwards per team and one player from each team in each division is represented for the skills competition and 3-on-3 games.
Just how deep and talented is the forward position in the Atlantic Division? Well, consider that Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres), Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares and Mitchell Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs), Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), and Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers) did not make my Atlantic All-Star team.
Forward Max Domi has done a nice job reinventing himself with the Montreal Canadiens, and defenseman Thomas Chabot of the Ottawa Senators is the quickest riser here; he is one of the up-and-comers in the League. Seeing Matthews, Nikita Kucherov, and Morgan Rielly on the ice together would be entertaining.
Carter Hutton, Buffalo Sabres
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators
Max Domi, Montreal Canadiens
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres
Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (captain)
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
--Mike Zeisberger, NHL.com staff writer
My picks for the Metropolitan Division would include two players from each of the top three teams in the division: Ovechkin and John Carlson from the Washington Capitals, Sergei Bobrovsky and Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It would be the first All-Star Game selection for Carlson, who is tied for third among the League's defensemen (with Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames) with 35 points this season (five goals, 30 assists) after leading defensemen with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists) last season.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (captain)
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes
--Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Staff Writer
The Central Division is brimming with talented players, so get as many of them on one team as possible is my theory to team building. I toyed with the possibility of just putting the Colorado Avalanche's entire top line on here, but having forwards MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen work their magic should suffice, even without Gabriel Landeskog. And including Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine is a must. That lethal shot deserves a grand stage.
I was set to include Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, whose 12 goals are second among NHL defensemen to Morgan Reilly of the Maple Leafs (13). But with Dumba out for three months after surgery on a ruptured pectoralis muscle in his chest, fellow Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is a suitable replacement.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (captain)
Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets
Ryan O'Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
- Tracey Meyers, NHL.com staff writer
If my picks ring true, the Pacific Division just may have the best one-two punch in goal at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks is second in the League to Boston Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak (.928) with a .927 save percentage and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights leads the NHL with 21 wins.
The Pacific will be a handful in the 3-on-3 tournament because of their offensive firepower, as well. McDavid not only does amazing things on the ice, he does them faster than anyone else in the League. He has a strong support cast in this department with forwards Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames), Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) and Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes), and defensemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) and Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames).
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (captain)
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks
Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
--Tim Campbell, NHL.com staff writer