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NHL.com staff selects All-Star teams

Sergei Bobrovsky, Auston Matthews, Brent Burns among unanimous picks

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Rosters for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be announced at noon on Tuesday by the League's Hockey Operation Department, but before they are, NHL.com revealed its picks for the game.

Twelve NHL.com staff writers and editors were asked to fill out their own teams to go along with the four captains already selected by the fans.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was voted captain of the Metropolitan Division, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price captain of the Atlantic Division, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban captain of the Central Division and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid captain of the Pacific Division.

Each panelist was asked to pick the 11-player team for each of the four divisions, having one player per each divisional team among the six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.

The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be in Los Angeles on Jan. 29 and will use the same format as last season, with the four division teams playing in a 3-on-3 tournament.

Here is how the NHL.com staffers voted: 

 

Metropolitan Division All-Star Team

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Forwards

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (captain)

John Tavares, New York Islanders

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Others receiving votes: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers; Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes; Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Defensemen

Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers

Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes

Others receiving votes: John Carlson, Washington Capitals; Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins; Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes; Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins; Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils

Goaltenders

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

Others receiving votes: Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes; Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders; Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

There were a few unanimous decisions on the Metropolitan Division team, but not as many as you might think.

Werenski, a candidate for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, was on each of the dozen ballots, as were McDonagh, and Bobrovsky, a candidate for the Vezina Trophy as the League's best goaltender and the Hart Trophy as League MVP.

The vote among the forwards from the Flyers was interesting. Voracek was on one more ballot than Simmonds, but Giroux also received a vote. Skinner was on five rosters, but did not make the cut. Instead, second-year defenseman Slavin was picked to represent the Hurricanes. 

 

Atlantic Division All-Star Team 

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Forwards

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

Kyle Okposo, Buffalo Sabres

Others receiving votes: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins; Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers; Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins; Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

Defensemen

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

Others receiving votes: Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres

Goaltenders

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (captain)

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Others receiving votes: None

There were four unanimous selections from the Atlantic Division: Matthews, Kucherov, Karlsson and Rask.

With Price selected by the fans as captain, Rask was the only other goalie to receive votes. 

Pacioretty and Barkov were the only other forwards in the Atlantic Division to appear on more than 10 ballots.

Only four defenseman received votes and it was Ristolainen, the young, minutes-eating defender from the Sabres, who was left on the outside looking in.

Instead, Okposo was picked to represent the Sabres, appearing on two more ballots than Eichel, who missed the first 22 games of the season with an ankle sprain.

 

Central Division All-Star Team

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Forwards

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Others receiving votes: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche; Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets; Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild

Defensemen

P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators (captain)

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

Others receiving votes: Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues; Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues; Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets; Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche

Goaltenders

Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Others receiving votes: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Tarasenko and Seguin were on each ballot. Dubnyk, who is among the favorites for the Vezina Trophy, also earned a place on every ballot.

Chicago teammates Panarin and Kane each received 11 votes. Laine, who has been battling Matthews for the rookie goal-scoring lead throughout the season, received 10 votes.

With Subban already on the roster, Suter was the leading vote-getter among Central Division defensemen with 11 picks. The rest of the votes were split between five other defenseman. 

Scheifele, the Jets center, was barely left off the team, garnering a lot of support for the season he is having playing on a line with Laine.

 

Pacific Division All-Star Team

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Forwards

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (captain)

Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks

Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks

Others receiving votes: Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames; Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks; Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

Defensemen

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Others receiving votes: Cam Fowler; Anaheim Ducks

Goaltenders

Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

Peter Budaj, Los Angeles Kings

Others receiving votes: Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers; Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

There was little debate on what the Pacific Division team would look like.

Carter, Kesler, and Pavelski all received unanimous support and Gaudreau earned 11 votes with nine players getting votes for the five forward spots after McDavid.

Four defensemen were chosen to fill out three spots and Burns and Ekman-Larsson were on all 12 ballots. Doughty, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, edged out Fowler, 7-5 for the other spot.

In goal, Jones earned a unanimous nomination, but it was a close call between Talbot and Budaj for the other spot. Budaj, the journeyman who stepped in when Jonathan Quick was injured, ended up getting seven votes to take the second spot.

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