Biggest NHL All-Star Game Snubs: Atlantic Division

It’s All-Star season in the National Hockey League, and with the rosters announced for the annual event, there will always be discussions on the individuals that missed out.

There were a number of notable players who missed the cut in the Atlantic Division. Here are the biggest names that will, most likely, be catching the All-Star Game from home.

Honourable mention

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Brad Marchand, Left Wing, Bruins

Boston’s lifeblood is their first line, consisting of Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak – who was named to the Atlantic All-Star squad.

Marchand made the Atlantic team last year and has posted 42 points in 38 games this season. The division is littered with talent up front this year, so he’ll, unfortunately, be at home for this year’s spectacle as Bergeron is the only Bruin on the “Last Man In” vote.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy, Goalie, Lightning

Vasilevskiy has missed time due to injury this season, but when healthy, he’s been robbing teams blind with his unorthodox methods.

The 24-year-old has a 2.55 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 21 appearances. He’ll be in the Vezina conversation but will not make back-to-back appearances in the All-Star Game.

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Frederik Andersen, Goalie, Maple Leafs

Andersen is currently dealing with a groin injury, but he’d almost certainly be ready to go for the game.

The Leafs’ workhorse has posted nearly identical numbers to Vasilevskiy in 30 games this season. Despite both men being top candidates to head to San Jose, Montreal and Detroit needed representatives. Hence Carey Price and Jimmy Howard being named instead.

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5) Jeff Skinner, Left Wing, Sabres

It has been a dream season in Buffalo for Skinner, who sits second behind Alex Ovechkin in goals with 28 on the year.

He’s posted 36 primary points so far this year and is putting up 2.89 P1/60. Skinner also has a 52.01 corsi and a 5.5 relative corsi. He’s been great at driving play in the offensive end for the Sabres.

Playing alongside Jack Eichel has undoubtedly helped Skinner’s overall output this season, but he’s also proved that he can post points without the help of the Sabres’ top centre.

Skinner can still make it in through the fan vote, and the Buffalo faithful have already begun campaigning for him, placing “Skinner for Mayor of Buffalo” signs around the city.

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4) Aleksander barkov, Centre, Panthers

Barkov is a nonchalant superstar. He just makes incredible plays and provides the Panthers with stellar play every night, but the thing that’s most impressive is how effortless he makes everything look.

He calm and collected, and one of the best players in the Atlantic. He’s firing at over a point per game pace with 41 in 39 games this season. His most impressive stat might just be the penalties he’s been able to draw.

Florida’s power play is currently third-best in the league, firing at 28 percent. Barkov leads the league in individual penalties drawn with 22. He has only taken one minor penalty this year.

He’s helped create offence for his team at even strength, but he’s also handing them extra chances to score on the man advantage.

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3) Morgan Rielly, Defence, Maple Leafs

How is it that the league’s top scoring defenceman is on the outside looking in when it comes to the All-Star Game? Simple: every team needs to have a representative at the annual spectacle.

Thomas Chabot makes complete sense to be the player to go for the Ottawa Senators. He sits in third in scoring for defenders with 38 points in only his second pro season. Keith Yandle, on the other hand, was a surprise as the Panthers’ representative – especially with the solid play of both Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Rielly had 52 points in 76 games last season to finish tied for the Leafs lead in scoring among defencemen. He already has 44 points in 40 games this season.

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2) Brayden Point, Centre, Lightning

As a result of hosting the All-Star Game last year, the Lightning had four players make the Atlantic team. This year, only Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos made the cut.

Point, who has played alongside Kucherov this year, has been the most exciting breakout performer on an already stacked Tampa Bay roster.

While Stamkos has put up 46 points in 41 games, Point currently sits seventh in league scoring with 24 goals and 54 points.

He is also producing 3.44 points per 60 minutes, which is sixth-best in the NHL.

Point will be battling with Rielly and Mitch Marner to be the recipient of the “Last Man In” vote. With how the Lightning are rolling over the rest of the league currently, Point is a pretty easy choice to get the final spot, but he’ll be hard-pressed in a fan vote against two members of the Maple Leafs.

Best of luck to him, though. He thoroughly deserves the honour.

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1) Mitch Marner, Right Wing, Maple Leafs

Marner and Point could be interchangeable on this list, they’ve been that good. Marner has 55 points on the year following a two-goal game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

He’s had a career year alongside new linemate John Tavares – who will be making his sixth All-Star appearance.

Marner, like Point, didn’t make the initial cut because of the bevy of skill on his team’s roster. Tavares had 26 goals before the new year and Auston Matthews, despite missing time with injury, has posted nearly 1.4 points per game.

However, Marner isn’t phased by the snub.

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