Who should make the 2018 NHL All-Star teams

From ESPN - January 8, 2018

Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid and P.K. Subban have been selected as captains for their respective divisional teams at the 2018 All-Star Game, but who will join them in Tampa, Florida?

The full rosters for the 3-on-3 tournament -- which will take place Jan. 28 at Amalie Arena -- will be announced Wednesday. Each division's roster will include six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies -- and, no doubt, some snubs and players who only made the cut because they are bold-type names.

Which players should make the team? Senior writer Greg Wyshynski (Eastern Conference) and national NHL reporter Emily Kaplan (Western Conference) picked the best 11-man roster for each division. Here's who they think deserve to make the NHL's midseason classic:

Eastern Conference

Just missed: Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs; Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Evander Kane, Buffalo Sabres; Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins; David Pastrnak, Bruins; Tuukka Rask, Bruins; Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators; Vincent Trocheck, Panthers.

One the one hand, this was super easy: Not only are Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman and Vasilevskiy all All-Star Game worthy, they are also stars for the host city. Easy-peasy, done and done.

One the other hand ... there are some underwhelming teams in this division that nonetheless need representation. So the Panthers, Sabres and Red Wings all snag forward slots that might have otherwise gone to worthy Bruins players; and Price gets a goalie spot instead of Rask, because the Canadiens ca not simply decline the invitation on the grounds that no one deserves it. As for Karlsson ... hey, it's a 3-on-3 tournament. He could be a minus-122 and we are still putting him in this thing. --G.W.

Just missed: Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes; John Carlson, Washington Capitals; Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Justin Faulk, Hurricanes; Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals; Evgeni Malkin, Penguins; Artemi Panarin, Columbus Blue Jackets; Jakub Voracek, Flyers.

Josh Bailey, NHL All-Star. Well, there's something we did not expect to write ... ever. But the midseason classic should occasionally be a meritocracy rather than a collection of bold-type names, so Bailey makes the cut along with linemate Tavares.

Western Conference


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