Let the second guessing begin.
The NHL released its All-Star Game rosters Tuesday in advance of the Jan. 27-29 festivities, with the fan vote determining each division’s team captain. And this year, no John Scotts were eligible for nomination — which is good and bad, depending on how it’s looked at.
Every team is represented by at least one player on four teams from each division, with the Chicago Blackhawks leading all teams with four players and the San Jose Sharks coming second with three representatives.
Coaches for the three-on-three tournament on Jan. 29 were also announced, with Montreal’s Michel Therrien coaching the Atlantic, Minnesota’s Bruce Boudreau helming the Central, Columbus’ John Tortorella guiding the Metropolitan and San Jose’s Peter DeBoer calling the shots for the Pacific.
We had a look at the rosters, which include two goalies, three defencemen and six forwards and found some notable snubs. Here are eight oversights, with two from each division (and honorable mentions at the end).
We had no problems with the defencemen and goaltenders selected for the Atlantic Division, as they include Carey Price, Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson among the five. Where the Atlantic is weak is at forward. The three weakest nominations, because of the need to have all around representation are Florida’s Vincent Trocheck, Detroit’s Frans Nielsen and Buffalo’s Kyle Okposo. We found at least four who would better be suited to three-on-three and one was Montreal’s Max Pacioretty. All three nominated players have plus-minus ratings below the Mendoza line and none are in the top 40 in scoring. Pacioretty, meanwhile is tied for 23rd in scoring with 19 goals (which is T-6 in the NHL), 15 assists and a +7. He also has a knack for big goals, with six game-winners and has eight powerplay points, including five goals. Honorable mention: Alexander Radulov, F, Montreal Canadiens.