It is impossible to take everyone to the All-star who deserves to be there just because at least one player from each team has to go. This year; however, I have seen a lot of players get snubbed for players who are not playing as well. Jonathan Toews said himself that he can name three Blackhawks who are more deserving than he is. Making a team out of all the snubs throughout the NHL might actually be the best team in the tournament. Here is the team that I would put together using the omissions:
Cam Atkinson: He is having a terrific year with the Columbus Blue Jackets and he is a big part of why they are doing so well. So far this season he has 20 goals and 20 assists through 40 games, putting him at a point-per-game average.
Artemi Panarin: He had a fantastic rookie season last year and has picked up where he left off. He is currently sitting at sixth in the NHL in points with 42 and it is a real surprise that he got left off of the All-Star game roster.
Phil Kessel: Whether you love him or hate him, Phil Kessel deserves to be at the All-Star game. He is on pace to tie his career high in points and has really turned into an all-around great player for the Penguins.
Mark Scheifele: He is on pace to set a career high in points and has really established himself as a reliable number one centre in Winnipeg. He is tied with Laine in points on the team and they have complimented each other very well.
Jakub Voracek: Wayne Simmonds is a great pick for the Flyers, but I find it hard to see how he should be there over Voracek. He is eleventh in the league in goals and is on pace to have his second highest scoring season.
Eric Staal: This name might seem a little out of place among these other guys, but Staal is quietly having a fantastic year. He already has 35 points which is just four points less than what he had in all of last year.
Rasmus Ristolainen: He is a player who does not get nearly enough credit for how good of a player he is. He has been the backbone of Buffalo’s defensive core this season and will be for a very long time.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson: He is probably the best defender that nobody talks about. He has been playing extremely well for the Coyotes. He is currently second on his team in points with 20 and is doing a great job for them.
Zach Werenski: He is having incredible season with the Blue Jackets and has arguably been their best defender – all of this, while also being a rookie. He does not get the credit that he deserves in ‘Rookie of the Year’ talks, as well as the All-Star game.
Cam Talbot: It was a real shock to me that he did not get selected to the All-Star roster. He has been the Oilers second most valuable player, just behind Connor McDavid. He has really come into his own as a starting goalie and is a big part of the Oilers’ success.
Frederick Andersen: Being a goalie for the Leafs is a tough job and he struggled to start the year. In November, he really started playing at an elite level and has helped the Leafs get into playoff contention.