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NHL.com makes its picks for All-Star rosters

Staff chooses 11-man teams for each division

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The remaining players on each of the four division teams for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend have yet to be named by NHL Hockey Operations.

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.

 

Atlantic Division 

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.

Goaltenders

Carter Hutton, Buffalo Sabres

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Defense

Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators

Forwards

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 

 

Metropolitan Division

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.

Goalies

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Defenseman

Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets

John Carlson, Washington Capitals

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards

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

 

Central Division

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.

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars

Defensemen

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche

Forwards

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

 

Pacific Division

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).

Goalies

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

Defensemen

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks

Forwards

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

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