Four writers, one per division, were asked to fill out their own teams to go along with the four captains already selected by the fans.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was voted captain of the Metropolitan Division, Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak of the Atlantic Division, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon of the Central Division and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid of the Pacific Division already have been chosen.
Each writer was asked to pick the 11-player team for each of the four divisions, having one player per each divisional team among the six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be in St. Louis on Jan. 25 and will use the same format as last season, with the four division teams playing in a 3-on-3 tournament.
Here is how the NHL.com staffers voted:
Bruins teammates Pastrnak (28 goals, 26 assists) and Brad Marchand (19 goals, 35 assists), each of whom has 54 points, have the firepower to lead the Atlantic, but the scoring doesn’t stop there. Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, who has 51 points (24 goals, 27 assists), and Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who has 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists), round out a group of four Atlantic players in the top 10 in the NHL in scoring. And that doesn’t even include Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who has 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists).
Combine those forwards with goalies Tuukka Rask of the Bruins (14-4-5, 2.32 goals-against average, .923 save percentage) and Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs (19-8-3, 2.64 GAA, .916 save percentage) and the Atlantic is well served in goal, especially when defended by players like Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens.
There’s talent. There’s leadership. There’s some lethal goal scoring power. I’d put the Atlantic up against anyone this All-Star Game.
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
Anthony Mantha, Detroit Red Wings
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins (captain)
Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens
Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
— Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com staff writer
My Metropolitan Division All-Star team will have the advantage of the two most productive defensemen in the NHL. John Carlson of the Washington Capitals leads the League’s defensemen in points (48) and is second in goals (13), and Dougie Hamilton of the Carolina Hurricanes is third in goals (12) and tied for second in points (35).
There’s plenty of firepower at forward too, led by captain Ovechkin, who has 36 points (23 goals, 13 assists), Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers, who has 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) and Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes, who has 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists).
It seems strange not to have Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin representing the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they’ve been limited because of injuries, and Jake Guentzel deserves recognition for leading the Penguins in goals (18) and points (37).
Thomas Greiss (11-6-0, 2.43 GAA, .924 save percentage) and Semyon Varlamov (12-3-3, 2.47 GAA, .919 save percentage) have worked so well together as a rotating goalie tandem for the New York Islanders, who have allowed the fewest goals in the League (90), I decided to take both for the All-Star Game.
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes
Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins
Travis Konecny, Philadelphia Flyers
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (captain)
Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils
Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Dougie Hamilton, Carolina Hurricanes
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders
Semyon Varlamov, New York Islanders
— Tom Gulitti, NHL.comstaff writer
The game is in St. Louis and the Blues are the defending Stanley Cup champions, as well as the leaders of the Central this season. So when a choice was close, I went with the home team.
Forward David Perron, who has 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) was an easy pick as St. Louis’ leading scorer; Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly, who has 33 points (seven goals, 26 assists) edged forwards like Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets. Alex Pietrangelo edged defensemen Ryan Ellis of the Nashville Predators, Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild and Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars.
If only I had room for Blues forwards Brayden Schenn and Jayden Schwartz too.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (captain)
Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
David Perron, St. Louis Blues
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
— Nicholas J. Cotsonika, NHL.com columnist
The firepower of attackers for the Pacific Division surely will create headlines at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. It begins with the Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who are one-two in the League scoring race. McDavid leads the NHL with 62 points (21 points, 41 assists) and Draisaitl is second with 61 (22 goals, 39 assists).
The 3-on-3 tournament also should suit Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks, the Calder Trophy winner last season who continues to dazzle with his abilities. He has 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists). The other Pacific Division forwards, Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames, who has 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists), Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, who has 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists), and Max Pacioretty of the Vegas Golden Knights, who has 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists), will fit right in with their remarkable hands.
Two Norris Trophy winners, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Brent Burns of the Sharks, are complemented by Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks, who matches their experience and offensive abilities.
Darcy Kuemper of the Arizona Coyotes, who is 15-8-2 with a 2.17 GAA and .929 save percentage, deserves to be one of the goalies as he likely is the favorite in the Vezina Trophy race, but a lower-body injury sustained Dec. 19 has him considered week-to-week and may impact his All-Star Game availability.
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (captain)
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks
Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights
Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes
Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
— Tim Campbell, NHL.com staff writer