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Fans vote in final 12 NHL All-Stars, including Matthews, Draisaitl, Pastrnak

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No. 29 Leon Draisaitl and No. 34 Auston Matthews head to the NHL All-Star Game.  (Photo by Klaus Andersen/Getty Images)
No. 29 Leon Draisaitl and No. 34 Auston Matthews head to the NHL All-Star Game. (Photo by Klaus Andersen/Getty Images)

On Thursday, fans voted on the final 12 nominees for the 2023 NHL All-Star Game, adding celebrities such as Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews and David Pastrnak to the 32 previously selected players.

Hockey fans voted for three additional players—two skaters and one goaltender—for each division (Atlantic, Central, Met, and Pacific). Of course, this gives hockey fans the cherished opportunity to endlessly complain about insults.

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Here are the full 2023 NHL All-Star Game rosters, with some information on the new players in each division. The game itself is scheduled for Feb. 4 in Sunrise, Florida, with a skill challenge the night before.

2023 NHL All-Star Game: Atlantic Division Roster

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs: After a ridiculous 60 goals last season, Matthews is on pace with less equipment in 2022/23 (22 goals, 49 points in 43 games). However, he remains a two-sided force, and the Maple Leafs continue to perform well, at least in the regular season.

David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins: First an All-Star Game, then an encouraging win for the Bruins as Stanley Cup favorites, and then an outright gigantic contract? Pasternak’s life is going well.

Andrey Vasilevsky, Tampa Bay Lightning: At any moment, people can name the goalkeeper who has the best season. But would anyone blame the fan if he still believed that Vasilevsky was actually the best? With a .918 slugging percentage this season, it’s not just name recognition.

Full roster (in brackets are performances at the All-Star Game):

F Nikita Kucherov, TBL (4th)

F Dylan Larkin, IT (3rd)

F Mitchell Marner, TOR (2nd)

F. Auston Matthews, TOR (5th)

F David Pastrnak, BOS (3rd)

F Nick Suzuki, MTL (2nd)

F. Tage Thompson, BUF (1st)

F Brady Tkachuk, OTT (3rd)

F Matthew Tkachuk, FLA (2nd)

G Andrey Vasilevsky, TBL (4th)

G. Linus Ullmark, BOS (1st)

Trainer: Jim Montgomery, Boston Bruins.

2023 NHL All-Star Game: Central Division Roster

Nathan McKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche’s two dominant forwards, who were virtually inseparable at the start of Rantanen’s career, received the required number of fan votes. Impressively, McKinnon was able to score 49 points despite only playing 32 games. Crushing injuries in the Avalanche forced Rantanen to carry a heavy burden, and he responded with 56 points in 43 games.

Connor Hellebike, Winnipeg Jets: Year after year, Winnipeg’s fortunes rise and fall. Most of today’s NHL goaltenders go through a lot of ups and downs. Hellebike is on the shortlist of goalkeepers who consistently dominate and often gets less help than someone like Vasilevskiy.

Full roster (in brackets are performances at the All-Star Game):

F Kirill Kaprizov, MIN (2nd)

F. Clayton Keller, ARI (3rd)

F Nathan McKinnon, colonel (5th)

F Mikko Rantanen, COL (2nd)

F Jason Robertson, DAL (1st)

F Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (4th place)

D Seth Jones, CHI (4th)

D Cale Makar, COL (2nd)

D Josh Morrissey, WPG (1st)

J. Connor Hellebike, WPG (3rd)

J. Juuse Saros, NSH (2nd)

Trainer: Peter DeBoer, Dallas Stars.

2023 NHL All-Star Game: Capital Division Roster

Adam Fox and Artemiy Panarin, New York Rangers: Other quarterbacks, from Cale Makar to Erik Karlsson, keep stealing headlines from Fox, but he’s doing just fine. The 24-year-old already has the Norris Trophy on his record and is scoring a point per game while remaining confident. It says a lot about Fox’s season that his 45 points are only slightly behind Panarin (47), who also received fan votes.

Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders: Igor Shesterkin, another Rangers All-Star, was already on the team. As great as Shesterkin is, he could well endure the annual debate thanks to a rising star in the Islanders goalie. Whether it’s the best goaltender on the subway, the best goaltender in the tri-state area, or even the best goaltender in the world, Shesterkin vs. Sorokin could spark years of debate. Meanwhile, shooters will just mutter to themselves about how difficult it is for any of them to score.

Full roster (in brackets are performances at the All-Star Game):

F. Sidney Crosby, PIT (5th)

F Johnny Gaudreau CBJ (7th)

F Kevin Hayes, PHI (1st)

F Jack Hughes, NJ (2nd)

F. Brock Nelson, NRI (1st)

F Alex Ovechkin, WSH (8th)

F Artemy Panarin, NYR (1st)

F Andrey Svechnikov, CAR (1st)

D Adam Fox, New York (1st)

G Igor Shesterkin, NYR (1st)

G Ilia Sorokin, NYI (1st)

Trainer: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes

2023 NHL All-Star Game: Pacific Division Roster

Leon Draisaitl and Stuart Skinner, Oilers: Fan votes keep players like Matthews, Pastrnak and Draisaitl on the list. It is indeed Draisaitl’s testimony that he has convincingly proven that he is not just Robin for Connor McDavid’s Batman. His inclusion in the All-Star Game seems right.

However, few expected Skinner to be successful. After all, Skinner isn’t even the big-money goaltender for the Oilers, as he saved the day against Jack Campbell, who added $5 million. Although his record isn’t mind-blowing (12-10-2), Skinner has been a stabilizing force, managing a .914 shooting percentage after a dubious defense at best.

Bo Horvath, Canucks Why not give one of the main goals of NHL Trade Deadline 2023 the opportunity to put on a show while all potential buyers are watching? With 30 goals, Horvath is already approaching his career high of 31, a lucrative contract year.

Full roster (in brackets are performances at the All-Star Game):

F Matty Benyers, SEA (1st)

F Leon Draisaitl, EDM (4th place)

F Kevin Fiala, LAK (1st)

F. Bo Horvath, VAN (2nd)

F Nazem Kadri, CGY (2nd)

F Connor McDavid, EDM (6th)

F. Elias Pettersson, WAN (3rd)

F Troy Terry, ANA (2nd)

D Erik Karlsson, SJS (7th)

G Stuart Skinner, EDM (1st)

G Logan Thompson, VGK (1st)

Trainer: Bruce Cassidy, Vegas Golden Knights.

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