Another Shark is headed to Montreal for the NHL All-Star Weekend as right wing Devin Setoguchi was named to the NHL YoungStars team today.
Setoguchi will join teammates Joe Thornton
and Dan Boyle
in Montreal for the festivities Jan. 24 at the Bell Centre.
"It's an honor to go there and get to play with the other guys," Setoguchi said. "It should be a fun weekend."
The Taber, Alberta native has 23 points (11-12=23) in the last 22 games. In 38 games, Setoguchi has 18 goals and 19 assists and is third on the team with a plus-13 rating.
"I imagine my mom or dad will make it out," said Setoguchi. "They've been with me wherever my hockey has taken me so this will be exciting for them."
The high-scoring NHL sophomore class, led by Setoguchi, Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals and Bryan Little of the Atlanta Thrashers, will face rookie goaltending phenom Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and other top first-year players in a non-stop, wide-open game of three-on-three at the NHLYoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck, Saturday, Jan. 24 at Montreal’s Bell Centre
Showcasing the best of the League's young talent, the 10-player sophomore and rookie teams will face off as part of the 2009 Honda/NHL SuperSkills (7 p.m., ET, CBC, RDS, VERSUS). This marks the sixth consecutive YoungStars Game at All-Star Weekend and the first under the sophomores vs. rookies format.
The rookies will have to contend with a sophomore offense that features 2007-08 Calder Trophy runner-up Backstrom, who ranks second on the Capitals and 11th in NHL scoring with 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists); Little, who leads the Thrashers with 19 goals; and Setoguchi, who ranks second among Sharks in goals (18). Completing the talented sophomore lineup is 2008 YoungStars Game MVP Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers and Mason Raymond of the Vancouver Canucks.
The sophomore defensemen are Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Marc Staal of the New York Rangers, each of whom competed as rookies in last year's YoungStars Game in Atlanta. The goaltender is Erik Ersberg of the Los Angeles Kings, the 26-year-old Sala, Sweden native who was not selected in his draft-eligibility years, signed as a free agent with the Kings in May, 2007 and has gone on to win a full-time place with the club.
The rookies will be backstopped by Mason, who has captured NHL Rookie of the Month honors for each of the past two months. He capped his December performance by posting a franchise-record three consecutive shutouts, becoming the first rookie netminder to do so since Detroit's Glenn Hall in 1955-56. Mason enters tonight's game at Washington with a 13-9-1 record, leads the League in goal-against average (1.82) and save percentage (.934), and is tied for the lead in shutouts (five).
Mason's defense pair are both top-five 2008 Entry Draft selections, 19-year-olds Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Doughty, picked second overall, and Schenn, who went fifth, rank 1-2 among rookies in average ice time per game at 23:54 and 21:05, respectively.
The rookie offense will be led by three co-leaders in the rookie goal-scoring race with 13, Blake Wheeler of the Boston Bruins, Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks and James Neal of the Dallas Stars. Rounding out the lineup is 2008 Entry Draft first overall selection Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Michael Frolik of the Florida Panthers, Mikkel Boedker of the Phoenix Coyotes and Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues.
YoungStars players were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department and the NHL Players' Association. in consultation with League General Managers.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens’ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on CBC and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the United States. NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the “Best of XM” programming package. NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.
Rosters For NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck
(Statistics through games of Jan. 8, 2009)
Erik Ersberg, Los Angeles Kings26198622.36Free agent
Marc Staal, New York Rangers21421672005112
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins2138112132005362
Bryan Little, Atlanta Thrashers21401913322006112
Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins20401115262006250
Andrew Cogliano, Edmonton Oilers2139129212005125
Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers2242517222004260
Devin Setoguchi, San Jose Sharks2238181937200518
Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks2342910192005251
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals2141123345200614
Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets202313911.822006369
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings19403912200812
Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs1929033200815
Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins2241131225200415
Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks223713203320045134
James Neal, Dallas Stars2134135182005233
Michael Frolik, Florida Panthers203889172006110
Mikkel Boedker, Phoenix Coyotes194271118200818
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues20341213252006125
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning184041014200811