Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Notable names and snubs on the NHL All-Star Game roster

TAMPA — The Lightning got pretty much every player it thought it would on the All-Star Game roster, released Wednesday.

One former Lightning forward might have been one of the biggest snubs: Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault.

Marchessault leads the expansion Golden Knights in scoring with 40 points (16 goals). But he and linemate William Karlsson (22 goals) were left off the Pacific Division roster. Two Golden Knights did make it: F James Neal (20 points) and G Marc-Andre Fleury.

The roster format — every team in each division must be represented — made for some tough calls for the 10-player team for each of the four divisions.

Victor Hedman selection gives Lightning four NHL All-Stars

Other notable snubs

F Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues: Tarasenko is fourth in the Central Division in points (44) and second in goals (19).

F Mark Stone, Senators: Stone is having a great year, with 18 goals and 24 assists entering Wednesday, a rare bright spot for Ottawa. But the Senators only All-Star is D Erik Karlsson.

G Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets: For a good part of this season, many have considered him an early candidate for the Vezina Trophy (league’s top goaltender). But the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and Capitals’ Braden Holtby are the goalies for the Metropolitan Division

Fennelly: The Lightning’s Stanley Cup hopes are riding on this

Some interesting names

• Wild F Eric Staal, thought to be past his prime, was named to his fifth All-Star Game. It is his reward for a resurgent season that had him leading the Wild in goals (19), points (37) and shots on goal (122) entering Wednesday. Staal, 33, is on pace for his most points since 2010-11 and most goals since 2008-09.

• Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant will coach in his second All-Star Game. He was the Panthers’ coach when he coached the Atlantic Division in 2016, but Florida fired him last season after an 11-10-1 start. Gallant has the Knights atop the Western Conference with 60 points. Their 29 wins are four shy of the record of 33 set by the Panthers and Ducks for most by an expansion team in its first season.

• Capitals forward T.J. Oshie predicted before the season that Canucks F Brock Boeser would be among the top rookies this season, and the 20-year-old has not disappointed his fellow University of North Dakota alum. Boeser entered Wednesday tied for fifth in the NHL with 22 goals.

Staff writer Roger Mooney contributed to this report.

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