The NHL All-Star Game will be less than two months from now in Las Vegas, Nevada. In recent history, each NHL team needed one all-star representative, but I don’t think that is the case anymore and I think it is rather silly. It is rather silly because there are a lot of players that are deserving rather than choosing one from each NHL team. There will be four divisional All-Star teams. What should each team look like?
Metropolitan Division: Forwards: Captain: Alex Ovechkin (WSH), Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH), Sebastian Aho (CAR), Jake Guentzel (PIT), Chris Kreider (NYR), and Artemi Panarin (NYR).
Defenseman: Adam Fox (NYR), Zach Werenski (CBJ), and Dougie Hamilton (NJ).
Goalies: Tristan Jarry (PIT) and Igor Shesterkin (NYR).
Teams with no All-Star Selections: New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.
Head Coach: Peter Laviolette (WSH).
Atlantic Division: Forwards: Captain: Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Steven Stamkos (TB), Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA), Brad Marchand (BOS), Drake Batherson (OTT), and John Tavares (TOR).
Defenseman: Morgan Reilly (TOR), Moritz Seider (DET), and Victor Hedman (TB).
Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky (FLA) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB).
Teams with no All-Stars selected: Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.
Head Coach: Andrew Brunette (FLA).
Central Division: Forwards: Captain: Kirill Kaprizov (MIN), Nazem Kadri (COL), Nathan MacKinnon (COL), Mikael Granlund (NSH), Kyle Connor (WPG), and Patrick Kane (CHI).
Defenseman: Seth Jones (CHI), Cale Makar (COL), and Roman Josi (NSH).
Goalies: Cam Talbot (MIN) and Jordan Binnington (STL).
Teams with no All-Star Selections: Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes.
Head Coach: Dean Evason (MIN).
Pacific Division: Forwards: Captain: Connor McDavid (EDM), Leon Draisaitl (EDM), Troy Terry (ANA), Johnny Gaudreau (CGY), Anze Kopitar (LAK), and Timo Meier (SJ).
Defenseman: Quinn Hughes (VAN), Alex Pietrangelo (VGK), and Drew Doughty (LAK).
Goalies: Jacob Markstrom (CGY) and John Gibson (ANA).
Teams without an All-Star selection: Seattle Kraken.
Head Coach: Dallas Eakins (ANA).
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-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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