Roenick: How to make the NHL All-Star game more exciting
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Roenick: How to make the NHL All-Star game more exciting
Monday January 12th, 2015


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Rap video honoring Sabres All-Star Zemgus Girgensons is a classic

Hockey fans—many of them from Chicago, apparently—cast more than 35 million votes to determine six starters for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. At forward are Latvian hero Zemgus Girgensons, of the Sabres, and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, of the Blackhawks. On the backline are Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, while in net is teammate Corey Crawford.

NHL announces selections for 2015 All-Star Game

The NHL has filled out the rest of the roster. And it was no easy task, especially since the league wanted each franchise represented. There were more worthy candidates than there are spots available, and that meant there some All-Star-caliber players were snubbed when the league announced the remaining players on Saturday. 

On Friday, Peter Laviolette of the Predators (the team with the league’s best points percentage) and Darryl Sutter of the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings were named to coach the two squads.

So who deserved the call? Taking on the delicate juggling act ourselves, and with an eye to offense—after all, who plays any defense in these glorified games of shinny?—we arrived at the following names (all stats as of Friday, Jan. 9):

Goalies (5)

• Pekka Rinne, Predators
Bona fides: first in wins (27); third in goals-against average (2.00); fourth in save percentage (.929)

• Carey PriceCanadiens
Bona fides: second in wins (22); sixth (tied) in goals-against average (2.20); fifth in save percentage (.927)

• Marc-Andre FleuryPenguins
Bona fides: first in shutouts (6); fifth in wins (20), sixth (tied) in goals-against average (2.20)

• Jimmy HowardRed Wings
Bona fides: 11th in wins (16); fourth in goals-against average (2.08); ninth (tied) in save percentage (.921)

• Henrik LundqvistRangers
Bona fides: second in shutouts (5); eighth (tied) in wins (19); 10th (tied) in goals-against average (2.30)

Injury replacement: Frederik AndersenDucks

Defensemen (10)

• Mark GiordanoFlames
Bona fides: second among defensemen in scoring (35 points)

• Kevin ShattenkirkBlues
Bona fides: first among defensemen in scoring (36 points)

• Keith YandleCoyotes
Bona fides: 13th among defensemen in scoring (26 points); first in scoring for Arizona

• Aaron EkbladPanthers
Bona fides: third among rookies in scoring (23 points); second in scoring for Florida

Eye Test: How can Shea Weber's stats be this bad?

• Shea Weber, Predators
Bona fides: second (tied) among defensemen in goals (10); fifth (tied) in scoring (28 points)

• P.K. SubbanCanadiens
Bona fides: seventh among defensemen in scoring (27 points); second (tied) in scoring for Montreal

• Nick LeddyIslanders
Bona fides:  Breakthrough season on NHL’s most surprising team

• Erik JohnsonAvalanche
Bona fides: first (tied) among defensemen in goals (11)

• Erik KarlssonSenators
Bona fides: fifth (tied) among defensemen in scoring (28 points)

• Brent BurnsSharks
Bona fides: first (tied) among defensemen in goals (11); third in scoring (34 points)

Injury replacement: John CarlsonCapitals

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Forwards (21)

• Jakub VoracekFlyers
Bona fides: NHL’s leading scorer (49 points)

• Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Bona fides: Disappointing season, but still the league’s marquee star

• Tyler SeguinStars
Bona fides: NHL’s leading goal scorer (26)

• Alex OvechkinCapitals
Bona fides: “Rock star’s” goals down (21), overall game improved

• Steven StamkosLightning
Bona fides: One of the game’s most exciting scorers

• Tyler Johnson, Lightning
Bona fides: third (tied) in scoring (45 points); first (tied) in plus-minus (+26)

• Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks
Bona fides: Hart Trophy favorite

• Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues
Bona fides: Human highlight reel through first half of season

• Rick Nash, Rangers
Bona fides: Comeback player of the year, with 25 goals

NHL's 2014-15 NHL midseason award winners

• Ryan JohansenBlue Jackets
Bona fides: Hometown hero establishing himself as dominant center

• Patrice BergeronBruins
Bona fides: Most deserving player on an underperforming team

• Ryan Nugent-HopkinsOilers
Bona fides: Most consistent player on a terrible team

• Anze Kopitar, Kings
Bona fides: Rebounded from slow start with excellent December

• Zach PariseWild
Bona fides: Sentimental favorite to get the call

• Evgeni Malkin, Penguins
Bona fides: third (tied) in scoring (45 points); absolutely dominant of late

• Jaromir JagrDevils
Bona fides: The guy everyone wants to play with this year

• Daniel SedinCanucks
Bona fides: Coin flip gives him the nod over brother Henrik

• Dustin ByfuglienJets
Bona fides: Excelling on blue line, but versatility allows him to slide up front

• Eric StaalHurricanes
• Bona fides: Best player on a bad team

Phil KesselMaple Leafs
• Bona fides: No room for goalie Jonathan Bernier, so Kessel gets the nod as Toronto’s rep

Injury replacements: Nick Foligno, Blue JacketsFilip Forsberg, Predators; Pavel DatsyukRed Wings

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