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Deciding the NHL All Stars

Choosing the captains and players for each division in the 2020 NHL All Star Game


Let me start this off by saying that I absolutely love the three on three format of the All Star game. It is so exciting in overtime games, and getting the games best players scrimmaging against each other is phenomenal. The problem is though that this format is not able to get all of the best players. Simply put, I don't think that each team should have to be represented. Take the Atlantic for instance: Anthony Mantha will get to play instead of Nikita Kucherov, Aleksander Barkov, and Patrice Bergeron, while Thomas Chabot will get to play instead of the likes of Morgan Reilly and Keith Yandle. No one on the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators deserves to play in the All Star game.


Atlantic Division:


Forwards:

David Pastrnak - BOS (captain)

Brad Marchand - BOS

Jack Eichel - BUF

Jonathan Huberdeau - FLA

Auston Matthews - TOR

Anthony Mantha - DET


Defense:

Victor Hedman - TBL

Shea Weber - MON

Thomas Chabot - OTT


Goalies:

Tuukka Rask - BOS

Frederik Andersen - TOR


First Three Out: Nikita Kucherov, Aleksander Barkov, Patrice Bergeron


The Boston Bruins highlight this team. David Pastrnak has been a goal scoring machine, at almost a goal per game pace, and Brad Marchand has even more points than his linemate. Tuukka Rask has been stellar in net as well. Other stars on the offense will include Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews. Eichel is logging huge minutes (third among forwards behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl), and is playing superstar level hockey. Matthews and Jonathan Huberdeau have been very solid as well. Shockingly only one Tampa Bay Lightning will be represented, and that is Victor Hedman on the blue line.


Metropolitan Division:


Forwards:

Artemi Panarin - NYR

Andrei Svechnikov - CAR

Alex Ovechkin - WSH

Jake Guentzel - PIT

Travis Knoecny - PHI

Taylor Hall - NJD


Defense:

John Carlson - WSH (captain)

Dougie Hamilton - CAR

Seth Jones - CBJ


Goalies:

Braden Holtby - WSH

Thomas Greiss - NYI


First Three Out: Teuvo Teravainen, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Evgeni Malkin


This might be the best defensive group out of all the divisions. Carlson is the clear captain as he is leading all other defenseman in the NHL by at least ten points. He will be joined by teammates Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby, who continue to impress. Dougie Hamilton is currently tied for second among defenseman in points. Neither of the Penguins big two of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin make it though, as they have both had significant injuries. Artemi Panarin has been a great fit with the New York Rangers so far, and Andrei Svechnikov's breakout season earns his birth into the ASG.


Central Division:


Forwards:

Nathan MacKinnon - COL (captain)

Patrick Kane - CHI

Patrik Laine - WPG

David Perron - STL

Mark Scheifele - WPG

Tyler Seguin - DAL


Defense:

Cale Makar - COL

Roman Josi - NSH

Ryan Suter - MIN


Goalies:

Connor Hellebuyck - WPG

Jordan Binnington - STL


First Three Out: Ben Bishop, Brayden Schenn, Tyler Seguin


Even with the injuries to linemates Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon has continued to shine, and plant himself in the conversation for one of the best players in hockey. His teammate Cale Makar is the current favorite for the Calder Trophy, and will be a Norris Trophy candidate for years to come. Patrick Kane, Mark Scheifele, and Roman Josi all return to the All Star game after appearances in last year's game, while Tyler Seguin returns after a brief absence. Unfortunately for Ben Bishop, both Connor Hellebuyck and Jordan Binnington are in his division.


Pacific Division:


Forwards:

Leon Draisaitl - EDM

Connor McDavid - EDM (captain)

Elias Petterson - VAN

Anze Kopitar - LAK

Logan Couture - SJS

Matthew Tkachuk - CGY


Defense:

Quinn Hughes - VAN

Brent Burns - SJS

Cam Fowler - ANA


Goalies:

Darcy Kuemper - ARI

Marc-Andre Fleury - VGK


First Three Out: John Gibson, , J.T. Miller, Max Pacioretty


It is pretty easy to figure out who highlights the Pacific Division. Teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are numbers one and two in the league in points, but McDavid, as the captain of the Oilers, and should earn himself captaincy of the Pacific for the third year in a row. With a bright future in Vancouver, the Canucks send youngsters Elias Petterson and Quinn Hughes, who will make his ASG debut. Despite the LA Kings dismal start to the season, Anze Kopitar has been playing really well, and has been racking up points. This is another strong goalie division, as the Anaheim Ducks best player, John Gibson, is denied another All Star game appearance by Darcy Kuemper and Marc-Andre Fleury.

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