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NHL.com makes its picks for All-Star rosters

Staff chooses 11-man teams for each division; fan voting for Jan. 26 game underway

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Fan voting for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game began Saturday, 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 through Dec. 23.

They also went a step further and picked the remaining players to fill out the 11-man team for each of the four divisions. Writers were assigned to specific divisions and each named six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies to represent that division. Ties were broken by placing a player from an unrepresented team on the ballot, when possible, or by a re-vote.

 

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Fans can have their say with the 2019 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by adidas. The top vote-getter in each division will be named that team's captain, and the NHL Hockey Operations staff will pick the remaining players for the game, which will be held at SAP Center in San Jose on Jan. 26.

The game will use the same format as last season, with the four division teams playing in a 3-on-3 tournament.

 

Metropolitan Division All-Star Team 

Captain: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 

Video: WSH@NYR: Ovi's strong forecheck leads to goal

 

Forwards 

Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes 

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Artemi Panarin, Columbus Blue Jackets 

 

Defensemen 

John Carlson, Washington Capitals

Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Goalies

Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Voting panel: Mike Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer; Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Staff Writer; Adam Kimelman, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor; Brian Compton, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor 

 

Ovechkin was one of three forwards to appear on each of the four ballots and he is the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals, so he is the captain of this team. It doesn't hurt that he has 19 goals, tied for third in the NHL this season.

Malkin, who leads the Penguins with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists), and Giroux, who has 29 points (8 goals, 21 assists) and leads all Flyers by 11 points, were the other universally selected forwards.

Carlson leads Metropolitan Division defensemen with 27 points (five goals, 22 assists), third in the NHL. Letang has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and is averaging 26:01 of ice time per game. Each was named on all four ballots. Jones, who missed seven games with a knee injury, is averaging 26:11 per game, more than four minutes more than any other Blue Jackets defenseman.

No goalie was named on all four ballots, but Lundqvist was the only one to appear on three. His .920 save percentage is No. 10 among goalies with at least 15 appearances.

 

Atlantic Division All-Star Team 

Captain: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins 

Video: BOS@TOR: Pastrnak pots his second off great play

 

Forwards 

Max Domi, Montreal Canadiens

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings

Mitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins

Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres

 

Defensemen 

Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators

Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

Keith Yandle, Florida Panthers

 

Goalies 

Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs

Carter Hutton, Buffalo Sabres

Voting panel: Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist; Shawn Roarke, NHL.com Director of Editorial; Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com Staff Writer; Mike Zeisberger, NHL.com Staff Writer 

 

Pastrnak is tied for third in the League with 19 goals and has been a driving force, accounting for a point on 29 of the 68 goals (42.6 percent) scored this season by the Bruins. He was named captain on two ballots, and Kucherov and Rielly each earned one captaincy vote. Domi and Marner were the other forwards who appeared on each of the four ballots. Domi, in his first season in Montreal after a trade from the Arizona Coyotes, leads the Canadiens with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists). Marner leads the Maple Leafs with 36 points (six goals, 30 assists). Skinner, who has led the revival in Buffalo with 20 goals, and Larkin each appeared on three ballots.

Chabot, a rookie, was the only defenseman to receive a vote from each of the four panelists. He leads all defensemen in scoring with 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists), one more than Rielly, who received three votes. Yandle has 22 points (four goals, 18 assists).

Andersen is tied for the NHL with 14 wins and was a unanimous selection. Hutton, in his first year with the Sabres, is third in the NHL with 12 wins. 

 

Central Division All-Star Team 

Captain: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche 

Video: MacKinnon and Rantanen leading the way for Colorado

 

Forwards 

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Ryan O'Reilly, St. Louis Blues

Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche

 

Defensemen 

Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
 

Goalies 

Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Voting panel: Bill Price, NHL.com Editor-in-Chief; Jon Lane, NHL.com Staff Writer; Tim Campbell, NHL.com Staff Writer; Tracey Myers, NHL.com Staff Writer 

 

MacKinnon, second in the League with 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists), is the captain of this team, which had five forwards appear on each of the four ballots.

He is joined by Rantanen, who leads the League with 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists), Laine, Kane and O'Reilly. Laine, who had 18 goals in November, leads the NHL with 21 this season. Kane has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists), eight more than any other Blackhawks player. O'Reilly has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists), seven more than the next closest Blues player.

None of the defensemen were unanimous, but Josi, Dumba and Suter each received three votes. Suter, who missed the end of last season with a fractured ankle, has been a workhorse since his return, playing a team-high 25:25 per game and has 19 points (three goals, 16 assists). Josi is playing 25:16 per game and has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) and Dumba, in a breakout season, also has 18 points (10 goals, eight assists).

Rinne is the third member of the Predators on the team. He has a NHL-best 1.85 goals-against average and has won 10 games, tied for the division lead with Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets. Bishop has a 2.33 GAA and .923 save percentage in 15 games.

 

Pacific Division All-Star Team

Captain: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers 

Video: EDM@SJS: McDavid pots 100th NHL goal

 

Forwards

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks

Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames

Alex Tuch, Vegas Golden Knights

 

Defensemen

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes

 

Goalies 

Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Voting panel: Dan Rosen, NHL.com Senior Writer; Robert Reese, NHL.com Fantasy Editor; David Satriano, NHL.com Staff Writer; Pete Jensen, NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor 

 

McDavid, who has won the Art Ross Trophy the past two seasons, is a universal selection among the four-person panel and was unanimously chosen as the captain. He has 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 25 games. Pettersson, the favorite to win the Calder Trophy, was the only other forward to appear on all four ballots. He leads all rookies in goals (13) and points (22). The three Flames -- Gaudreau, Monahan and Tkachuk -- each had three votes.

Burns and Doughty each were unanimous selections. Burns tops the Pacific Division in points with 26 (three goals, 23 assists). Doughty, who has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) is averaging a League-high 26:45 per game.  

Fleury, tied for the League lead in wins (14), has a NHL-best five shutouts for the Golden Knights, who went to the Stanley Cup Final in their inagural season. Gibson's .929 save percentage is fourth in the League among goalies with at least 15 appearances.

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