It's that fun time of year again when all teams are represented during the All Star weekend. Allow me to introduce you to the teams.
Say hello to Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers, the Atlantic Division captain. As backup for the Atlantic Division team are forwards Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan O'Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. On defense there will be Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens. To round out this year's Atlantic team, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers will defend the net.
Representing the Central Divison during this year's ASG will be captain Patrick Kane from the Chicago Blackhawks as well as Jamie Benn from the Dallas Stars, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blue. As was reported yesterday by the Chicago Tribune, Jonathan Toews will be a no-show at the ASG due to illness (also being suspended from a regular season on February 2). It was also announced on NHL.com that Toews place on the roster will be Nashville Predators forward, James Neal. The Central Division's powerful defense will include, Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets, Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators, and also from the Preds, Shea Weber. In net, Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild and the Predators Pekka Rinne will get the nod.
Another drop-out due to injury, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has also been suspended one regular season game on February 2 and Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals will take his place on the Metropolitan Division roster. As well, forwards Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Defending the Metro team will be Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes, Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers. Lighting up the net will be Bradon Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils.
And, of course, the division we will be cheering for as Flames fans, the Pacific Division roster includes the most notorious of all players this year, captain John Scott. Backing up Scott will be forwards, Johnny Gaudreau of our Calgary Flames, Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks. Blue liners include Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Drew Doughty of the LA Kings, and our very own Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames. Manning the net will be John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonathan Quick of the LA Kings.
Coaches will include Gerard Gallant from the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff from the Dallas Stars, Darryl Sutter of the LA Kings, and Washinton Capitals own Barry Trotz.
With the massive amounts of talent, this could be a good game. And, considering the controversy over allowing John Scott to play, I do believe that the Pacific Division will be the fan favorite this year.