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

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    Mark Giordano
    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - MARCH 11: Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames celebrates Michael Frolik's goal against the Winnipeg Jets during NHL action on March 11, 2017 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)

    When the NHL All-Star rosters were announced a few weeks ago, some controversial choices were made. Were the three defensemen picked for the Pacific Division really better than Mark Giordano? With that in mind, we took a look at the choices made and created a team of rejects. How would a second team for each division look?

    Earlier we looked at the Eastern Conference. You can find that here.

    Who should have made the All-Star team?

    Today is the Western Conference’s turn. The Pacific and Central Division have been known in the past to be filled with big and tough players. These days, smaller players with skill dominate the roster. It makes it difficult for the people picking the team to choose between players like Clayton Keller and Elias Lindholm. Of course, the NHL needs representation from every team, so is it really a team of the best players in the league? You also have the league making sure that the game, hosted in San Jose, has as many Sharks representatives (3) as possible.

    Pacific Division

    Leon DraisaitlEdmonton Oilers
    Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers
    Clayton KellerArizona Coyotes
    Joe PavelskiSan Jose Sharks
    Elias PetterssonVancouver Canucks
    Johnny GaudreauCalgary Flames
    Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks
    Erik Karlsson – San Jose Sharks
    Drew DoughtyLos Angeles Kings
    Marc-Andre FleuryVegas Golden Knights
    John GibsonAnaheim Ducks

    The new team would look like this:

    Sean Monahan – Calgary Flames
    Elias Lindholm – Calgary Flames
    Matthew Tkachuk – Calgary Flames
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers
    Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks
    Timo Meier – San Jose Sharks
    Bo Horvat – Vancouver Canucks
    Mark Giordano – Calgary Flames
    Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Arizona Coyotes
    Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks
    Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks

    This is a very Calgary-heavy team, but they’ve all had All-Star seasons. Mark Giordano should have made the team as he is likely to be a Norris Trophy nominee. Martin Jones is having an excellent season in net and it could be debated that he should be there over Fleury.

    This forward group is filled with players overshadowed by others on their same team. For Horvat, it’s Pettersson. Gaudreau for the Calgary players and of course, McDavid and Draisaitl for Nugent-Hopkins. This reject team has the best chance of any of the teams to beat the original team. Does that mean there is a lot of depth in the Pacific Division or a lack of top-end talent?

    Central Division

    Gabriel LandeskogColorado Avalanche
    Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche
    Mikko Rantanen – Colorado Avalanche
    Patrick KaneChicago Blackhawks
    Ryan O’ReillySt. Louis Blues
    Mark ScheifeleWinnipeg Jets
    Blake Wheeler – Winnipeg Jets
    Miro HeiskanenDallas Stars
    Roman JosiNashville Predators
    Devan DubnykMinnesota Wild
    Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators

    The new team:

    Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
    Alex DeBrincat – Chicago Blackhawks
    Patrik Laine – Winnipeg Jets
    Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars
    Zach Parise – Minnesota Wild
    Ryan Johansen – Nashville Predators
    Alexander Radulov – Dallas Stars
    Tyson Barrie – Colorado Avalanche
    Mattias Ekholm – Nashville Predators
    Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets
    Ben Bishop – Dallas Stars

    Ben Bishop is having a surprisingly good season for a Dallas team who was yelled at by their own CEO. He has better numbers than Rinne at this point in the season. Tyson Barrie also should have made the original team, but since the team already has the whole first line, Heiskanen made it instead. Laine also lost out because of that. Alex DeBrincat is having a great season and could have made the team as well.

    The Conclusion

    The Pacific Division reject team is strong enough to beat the original All-Star team in a game of 3-on-3. The Central Division game would also be competitive. The trio in Colorado are having a strong season together, so they may be a handful for the older team of rejects.

    Last season, the Pacific Division beat the Atlantic Division to win the tournament thanks to an MVP performance from Brock Boeser. By the look of these four rosters, any of these four divisions could come out on top on January 26th.

     

    Main Photo:¬†WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – MARCH 11: Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames celebrates Michael Frolik’s goal against the Winnipeg Jets during NHL action on March 11, 2017 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)

    2 COMMENTS

    1. The central division remake is a farce
      Taking wheeler and schiefele out for Laine and hellybuyck tells you so much about how little you know about the Jets. If you ask any Jets fan who watches the game, they can tell you that Laine is struggling, lazy, and not contributing. His goals were streaky and do not give the Jets the wins. Hellybuyck is having a mediocre year with lowest save percentage and highest goals against average. His backup brossoit has not lost and his only stats lost was when he inherited hellybuyck poor game.

      • You seem to not understand the criteria of the article, which was making a second team for each division. He can’t use Wheeler and Schiefele if they are already all-stars.

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