Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NHL All-Star Game rosters announced: Who made it, who got snubbed

NHL All-Star Game rosters announced: Who made it, who got snubbed

A year after being passed over despite leading the Wild with 35 points when the teams were announced, Staal was picked as Minnesota's lone representative for the 11-player Central Division roster that will compete in the All-Star Game on January 28 in Tampa, Fla.

This will be Stamkos' fifth NHL All-Star appearance.

Still, the fact that Hanifin would be picked as an All-Star remains baffling to anyone who actually pays attention to this team, especially after Tyler Johnson stole his soul on the game-winner in Tuesday night's loss in Tampa Bay, but that's all part of an All-Star selection process that's flawed to say the least and, in the end, pretty inconsequential anyway.

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The 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. CT on KARE 11. Last season, he ranked second among National Hockey League defensemen for scoring, finished third in the Norris Trophy vote and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team at season's end. Among all defensemen, the King City, Ontario native ranks 10th in points, second in even-strength points (21), eighth in goals, 12th in assists, ninth in plus/minus and ninth in ice-time per game (25:36). The teams also feature three defensemen and two goalies. Tampa Bay's ice time leader (25:57/game) is now a league-best +24 and ranks 3rd amongst NHL defenseman in points.

Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy are locks for this game, with defenseman Victor Hedman also deserving. He is tied with Mikael Granlund for the team lead with four power-play goals. For the third straight year, it will be a three-on-three tournament with all-star players representing the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific divisions.

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