NHL Power Rankings: Ideal All-Star Game Selections Edition
The coaches (Jon Cooper, Gerard Gallant, Peter Laviolette, Barry Trotz) and fan-elected captains (Steven Stamkos, Connor McDavid, P.K. Subban, Alex Ovechkin) for the NHL’s 2018 All-Star Weekend have been anointed, and on Wednesday the remainder of the inter-divisional 3-on-3 tournament’s rosters will be announced.
The league’s hockey operations make the call on the remaining selections, with the caveat that all 31 clubs be represented. It can be a tricky task meeting that requirement as well as filling positional needs and accommodating some star players that may wish to sit this one out.
Regardless whom the NHL chooses to represent the sport later this month at the Tampa showcase, we made our own list.
It’s our NHL Power Rankings: Ideal All-Star Game Selections Edition.
As always, teams are ranked in order of their current 2017-18 awesomeness. The write-ups explain who we’d like to see represent your team at the all-star game. For those with a captain already named, we’ve selected a second all-star.
Someone will be snubbed.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos, whose recorded voice greets new Tampa visitors through the loudspeaker in the airport tram, was deservedly voted captain of the Atlantic Division. But he shouldn’t be the only representative at the host city’s all-star weekend. Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Vezina front-runner Andrei Vasilevsky — the most deserving of the bunch — should all be there.
2. Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant has himself a case as the most worthy all-star of the first half of the season. He should carpool with his No. 1 centre, William Karlsson.
3. Boston Bruins
We wouldn’t put up a fuss if the Bruins’ entire top line …read more