NHL All-Star Game Rosters Re-Done – Eastern Conference Edition

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    Mitch Marner; NHL rumours
    TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

    With the 2019 NHL All-Star Game only a few days away (Jan. 26th, check your local listings), it is important to go over each selection and debate the validity of the pick. Should this player really have made it over this guy? Instead of going over the players individually, we decided it would be better to make an All-Star team comprised entirely of the rejects. Not necessarily players who should be there over the guys who made the team, but rather if each division had a second team, how would that look?

    Who should have made the All-Star team?

    Today we focus on the Eastern Conference. The Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions boast some high-end talent, but there is also a mix of young guys who are getting their first shots at playing in the 3-on-3 tournament. Players like Sebastian Aho and Thomas Chabot turned impressive seasons into being able to share the ice with guys like Sidney Crosby and Nikita Kucherov.

    Atlantic Division

    Jack Eichel – BUF
    Nikita Kucherov – TB
    Auston Matthews – TOR
    Jeff Skinner – BUF
    David Pastrnak – BOS
    Steven Stamkos – TB
    John Tavares – TOR
    Thomas Chabot – OTT
    Keith Yandle – FLA
    Jimmy Howard – DET
    Andrei Vasilevskiy – TB

    For this exercise, I won’t be including guys who have decided to skip, so there will be no Carey Price or Alex Ovechkin.

    The new team looks like this:

    Brayden Point – TB
    Mitch Marner – TOR
    Brad Marchand – BOS
    Mark Stone – OTT
    Matt Duchene – OTT
    Dylan Larkin – DET
    Jonathan Huberdeau – FLA
    Morgan Rielly – TOR
    Jeff Petry – MTL
    Frederik Andersen – TOR
    Craig Anderson – OTT

    On paper, any team with Stamkos, Kucherov, Tavares, and Matthews are going to be tough to beat. Marner and Point have the distinction of being world class players who are underrated because they play on the same team with those players. These players are just as good. Rielly should be on the All-Star team but fell victim to the NHL needing a player, Yandle, from the Florida Panthers. Rielly is second in the league in defenseman points and should be a nominee for the Norris Trophy this summer.

    Although hurt a lot this season, Andersen has had a great season in goal. If the NHL didn’t care about pleasing every fanbase or having representatives from each team, the Atlantic Division All-Stars would be completely comprised of Lightning and Maple Leafs players.

    Metropolitan Division

    Sebastian Aho – CAR
    Cam Atkinson – CBJ
    Mathew Barzal – NYI
    Sidney Crosby – PIT
    Claude Giroux – PHI
    Taylor Hall – NJ
    Kris Letang – PIT
    John Carlson – WSH
    Seth Jones – CBJ
    Braden Holtby – WSH
    Henrik Lundqvist – NYR

    The new team looks like this:

    Phil Kessel – PIT
    Artemi Panarin – CBJ
    Evgeni Malkin – PIT
    Jake Guentzel – PIT
    Nicklas Backstrom – WSH
    Mika Zibanejad – NYR
    Sean Couturier – PHI
    Zach Werenski – CBJ
    Damon Severson – NJ
    Robin Lehner – NYI
    Sergei Bobrovsky – CBJ

    Kessel and Tavares have the same amount of points, but Kessel is doing it in 50 fewer minutes of ice time. Lehner has had a strong season in New York, posting the best numbers (2.02 G.A.A. and .930 save percentage) of any goaltender who’s played more than 25 games. Holtby and Lundqvist make the team on recognition alone, as they haven’t exactly had All-Star caliber seasons up to this point. Backstrom should be an All-Star, but because Holtby and Carlson already made the team (and Ovechkin would have before him), he gets relegated to the reject team.

    The Conclusion

    In the case of both teams, there are players who should have made the team and others who have no business being on the same list. Each team of rejects could hang with the other in a game of 3-on-3, but for the most part, the NHL got it right. It’s hard not including two of the best players under the age of 23 (Marner and Point). Makes you wish that the NHL brought back the Young Stars game.

    If there is anybody not included on the list, feel free to comment below on why you feel they were snubbed and why they should have made at least the All-Star team of rejects.

    TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 10: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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