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Draisaitl, Horvat & Matthews join All-Stars!

It’s a little over a week since we reported on the initial 32 names selected for the Roster for the All-Star weekend coming up next month.

Now we know who’s representing the divisions at the NHL All-Star weekend… among them household names from the NHL circuit like Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews and Bo Horvat.

The public has had its say and these are just three of the big name talents they chose for the 12 remaining All-Stars.

Want to know who was selected in the 32-man roster?

The voting results were announced on Thursday night and here’s the full list:

Metropolitan Division

Ilya Sorokin

November 6, 2021, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA: New York Islanders’ goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) makes a save on a Winnipeg Jets shot during the second period of NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday November 6, 2021. (Credit Image: © Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via ZUMA Press)

It’s his first time appearing at the NHL All-Star Weekend, and he’ll be joining fellow New York Islander team-mate Brock Nelson. It’ll also be the second time since 2018 that two Islanders have played together at the All-Stars.

Artemi Panarin

New York Rangers centre Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his team’s win with teammate Artemi Panarin (10) after the end of third period NHL hockey action against the Ottawa Senators, in Ottawa, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

This will be Panarin’s second time being called up to the All-Star Weekend but this time he’ll be determined to play. He was previously selected in 2019 but had to bow out with an injury. He currently leads the New York Rangers on points (47 – 12G + 35A) and second on assists in the team.   

Adam Fox

Joining Panarin is the defenceman, Adam Fox. Fox currently has collected 9 goals, 36 assists and almost one point per game he’s played in 45 in 46 games this season. He’s one of a power-house of defencemen in the Rangers team.

Both Panarin and Fox join Igor Shesterkin.

Atlantic Division

Andrei Vasilevskiy

June 21, 2022: When Andrei Vasilevskiy is feeling good, things are usually looking up for the Lightning. The Tampa Bay goaltender played his best game of the Stanley Cup final in a 6-2 win against the Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday night. (Credit Image: © Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/TNS via ZUMA Press Wire)

Vasilevskiy is no stranger to the tubes at the NHL All-Star Game. This will be his fifth appearance in consecutive years (bar 2021).

The fan choice also means that the Tampa Bay Lightning have now been represented by at least one Lightning players at the All-Stars for six years in a row. He’ll be joining Nikita Kucherov.

David Pastrnak

May 9, 2019 – Boston, MA, USA – The Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal (11) controls the puck ahead of the Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak (88) in the second period in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The Bruins won, 5-2. (Credit Image: © TNS via ZUMA Wire)

The Boston Bruins forward has been selected for his third NHL All-Star appearance, having previously played in the 2019 and 2020 editions. He was also named the All-Star Game MVP.

He’s going into the exhibition with an impressive rack of stats including 35 goals, 28 assists and 63 points in 45 games this season.

Pastrnak be joining team-mate Linus Ullmark in the Atlantic division and the coaching of Bruins bench boss Jim Montgomery.

Auston Matthews

May 10, 2022, TORONTO, ON, CANADA: Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during third period NHL first-round playoff series action in Toronto on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Credit Image: © Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via ZUMA Press)

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward is returning for his fifth appearance and will be joining team-mate Mitch Marner. Going into the exhibition, he’s currently tallying 22 goals, 27 assists and 49 points in the last 43 games.  

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Central Division

Connor Hellebuyck

Los Angeles Kings’ Adrian Kempe (9) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during first period NHL action in Winnipeg, Saturday, April 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck was also selected to represent the Central Division and it’ll be his third appearance. He previously played in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

He’ll be the fourth Jets player to be sent to the exhibition game and currently has the accolades of 22 wins and three shutouts this season, the second among NHL goalies.

He also has the longest amount of time on the ice and most games this season. Hellebuyck joins team-mate Josh Morrissey.

Mikko Rantanen

Rantanen is one of two additional Colorado Avalanche players joining the Central Division. It’s his second appearance as the All-Star Weekend and he’ll be bringing along an impressive high this season with 31 goals, 25 assists and 56 points in 43 games.

Colorado Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen (96) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrate a goal during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action against the Dallas Stars, in Edmonton on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Nathan MacKinnon

MacKinnon is back for his fifth dance on the ice at the All-Star Weekend with 13 goals, 36 assists and 49 points in 32 games. Both Rantanen and MacKinnon will be joining their team-mate Cale Makar.

Pacific Division

Stuart Skinner

This will be the Edmonton Oilers’ first time at the All-Star event and he’s going to be an exceptional goaltender given the right circumstances. He has an impressive 2.96 goals against average (GAA) in 26 game appearances.

Working with team-mate Draisaitl, they’ve helped the Oilers to hit a 24 – 18 – 3 record during this season.

Skinner is the second rookie to be representing the Oilers in the All-Stars game, the second rookie goaltender to appear in the exhibition. The first was Logan Thompson from Vegas Golden Knights.

Leon Draisaitl

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) and Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrate a goal against the New York Rangers during third period NHL action in Edmonton on Friday, November 5, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The German is back for his fourth appearance in the All-Star game and he’s coming into the competition with 27 goals, 45 assists and 72 points in 45 games.

He’s just behind team-mate Connor McDavid, whom both Skinner and Draisaitl will be joining in February.

Bo Horvat

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Vancouver Canucks captain will be heading into his second appearance at the All-Star weekend. He has an impressive 30 goals, 19 assists and 49 points in 44 games this season. He’ll be joining Elias Petterson who was selected in the initial 32-man roster.

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Posted on: 20 Jan 2023