Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All-Star Rosters Revealed

This afternoon, the NHL released the names of all the players named to All-Star Game rosters and they have been translated for the hockey pool's mini-game below.  All four divisions, represented by 11 players each, each team having at least one player, are down below.

Forwards NHL Pool
Aleksander Barkov FLA Chris
Jack Eichel BUF Wes
Nikita Kucherov TAM Neil
Brad Marchand BOS Cam
Auston Matthews TOR Benson
Steven Stamkos TAM Derek B.
Mike Green DET Jeremy
Victor Hedman TAM Mike
Erik Karlsson OTT Brenda
Carey Price MTL Dale C.
Andrei Vasilevskiy TAM Wilton

Forwards NHL Pool
Josh Bailey NYI Benson
Claude Giroux PHI Dale B.
Sidney Crosby PIT Stuart
Taylor Hall NJD Stuart
Alex Ovechkin WAS Benson
John Tavares NYI Wilton
Noah Hanifin CAR Derek B.
Seth Jones CBJ Derek B.
Kris Letang PIT Stacey C.
Braden Holtby WAS Grant
Henrik Lundqvist NYR Brian

Forwards NHL Pool
Patrick Kane CHI Eric
Nathan MacKinnon COL Tony
Brayden Schenn STL Brenda
Tyler Seguin DAL Neil
Eric Staal MIN Cam
Blake Wheeler WPG Grant
John Klingberg DAL Stacey M.
Alex Pietrangelo STL Jeremy
P.K. Subban NAS Tony
Connor Hellebuyck WPG Neil
Pekka Rinne NAS Dale B.

Forwards NHL Pool
Brock Boeser VAN Dale B.
Johnny Gaudreau CAL Steve
Anze Kopitar LOS Clayton
Connor McDavid EDM Steve
James Neal VGK Dale B.
Rickard Rakell ANA Troy
Brent Burns SAN Troy
Drew Doughty LOS Clayton
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI Ryan
Marc-Andre Fleury VGK Scott
Jonathan Quick LOS Chris

24 of the 25 hockey pool teams are represented in the 44 players selected with Kristy & Don being the only team shut out of any participation (so far!).  Pool leader, Dale B., leads all teams with four players named to a divisional squad today, while Benson and Neil each have three players and 11 teams have two players each.

Of course, there are going to be some changes to these lineups, but all minimum mandates have been met and now we will wait to see if there are any injuries, "injuries" or possibly even some protests, in regards to the lack of Olympic participation.

If any player (or their team) doesn't want to participate in the festivities, they will either have missed a scheduled regular season game (or more)  beforehand or risk being suspended for a game after the festivities have concluded.  More updates to come, ahead of the game, which will be played on January 28th.
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