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Letang, Kennedy Named "YoungStars"

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Kris Letang and Tyler Kennedy are NHL YoungStars.

The Penguins teammates were selected to participate in the event, in which the eight-player Eastern and Western Conference YoungStar teams will face off in a new three-on-three event as part of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Philips Arena in Atlanta at 7 p.m. The YoungStars will be shooting against goaltenders named to participate in the NHL All-Star Game the following day.



Atlanta’s Tobias Enstrom is joined on the Eastern Conference blueline by Letang, Mike Lundin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Marc Staal of the New York Rangers. The forwards are the Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom, the Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky, Kennedy and the Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic.

Joining Chicago’s Patrick Kane among Western Conference forwards are Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers, Peter Mueller of the Phoenix Coyotes and David Perron of the St. Louis Blues. The defensemen are the Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler, the Blues’ Erik Johnson, the Los Angeles Kings’ Jack Johnson and the Dallas Stars’ Matt Niskanen. 

YoungStars players were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, in consultation with NHL General Managers.

The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live broadcasts of Dodge/NHL SuperSkills on Saturday, Jan. 26, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27, on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada.

Rosters For NHL YoungStars Event In Dodge/NHL SuperSkills Competition

(Statistics through games of Jan. 14, 2008)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

2007-08 Statistics

   Defensemen                                           Age GP  G   A   Pts  Draft  Rd. Pick

   * Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers       23  46  3   23   26    2003    8   239

   * Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins          20  27  2   6      8     2005    3   62

   * Mike Lundin, Tampa Bay Lightning     23  45  0   5      5     2004    4   102

   * Marc Staal, New York Rangers             21  46  2   5      7     2005    1   12

   Forwards                                                     Age GP  G   A   Pts   Draft  Rd. Pick

   * Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals  20  44   8   23  31    2006     1   4

   * Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers      21 46  4   10  14     2004     2   60

   * Tyler Kennedy, Pittsburgh Penguins           21 30  8   4    12     2004     4   99

   * Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins                        19  39  4   5      9     2006     2   50

   * rookie

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Defensemen                                                    Age GP  G   A   Pts   Draft Rd. Pick

   * Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks        21  38   2    8   10     2004   3   91

   * Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues                     19  31   3   13  16     2006    1   1

   * Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings               21  46  1     6   7       2005    1   3

   * Matt Niskanen, Dallas Stars                        21  47  5   12  17      2005    1   28

Forwards                                                         Age GP  G   A   Pts   Draft   Rd. Pick

   * Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers                   18  43  3    13  16     2007     1   6

   * Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks            19  45  9   31  40      2007     1   1

   * Peter Mueller, Phoenix Coyotes                 19  43  10  12  22     2006      1   8

   * David Perron, St. Louis Blues                    19  31  9   9     18      2007     1   26

   * rookie

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