The rosters for the four divisional All-Star teams of the NHL are almost fixed.
After Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who skip the second half of the season, announced the four captains earlier this month, the league announced the next names for each of them to the four teams Monday , However, each squad still has a spot left, so fans in each division can vote in a final.
But like every year, the all-star game is about who is there and who isn't – the snubs, the leftovers, the forgotten audience, whose success in the previous season is undervalued. To be fair, it's safe to assume that a number of these snubs take the weekend off to rest and sit back before the second half of the NHL season.
Nevertheless, it is worth highlighting the collection of names that have previously released all-star caliber numbers, but have not been commemorated by the smart jersey. In this case, here is your famous 2020 NHL all-snub team:
F: Brad Marchand (Captain ?!)
F: Sebastian Aho
F: David Perron
F: Aleksander Barkov
F: Evgeni Malkin
F: Max Pacioretty
D: Quinn Hughes
D: Cale Makar
G: Tristan Jarry
G: Ben Bishop
A few names on this list should catch the eye immediately, no more than Marchand, who no doubt deserved the award for sewing the "C" to his all-snub sweater, although his exclusion from the event was difficult to understand Considering the performance of the Hart Trophy caliber that he has produced so far. But what about the rest of the list?
A closer look at the squad by position:
A glimpse of the league leaders should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about Brad Marchand ’s absence from the All Star Festivals. The Bruins winger finished third in the Art Ross race with 58 points in 40 games. Third, like this season, only two players have scored more goals than Marchand. Cut that down to a balanced score and he's the leader.
The only case that apparently could be negotiated against him is that the player he is sitting in in the race is his own Linemate, the Atlantic Division captain, David Pastrnak. The fact that the other skater on this line is the Star Pivot Patrice Bergeron doesn't help either. But the context in which Marchand's extremely successful goal was scored should only play a role in discussions about his MVP candidacy – his appearance is definitely all-star worthy.
Not to mention the two players sitting over Marchand, the Linemates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, both of whom were selected as all-stars.
Omitting Sebastian Aho is no less strange. The Hurricanes star has currently scored the fifth most goals in the league after having played 22 to 39 games. The four players above him on this list were all classified as all-stars, as were the six players below him.
Interestingly, Marchand and Aho were not only insulted by the missed all-star nod – both were also removed from the list of players that fans can vote for. Bergeron and Teuvo Teravainen each got this place from the respective club of snub.
The strangest misfire of all is David Perron because the all-star game takes place in the back yard of his team. At this year's celebrations in St. Louis, it was defenders Alexander Pietrangelo, goalkeeper Jordan Binnington and striker Ryan O’Reilly who are considered the three all-stars of the hometown. All good decisions – except for the fact that Perron currently holds the blues lead with 40 points in 40 games and keeps the club afloat after star winger Vladimir Tarasenko was injured. Perron has also emerged as one of the most coupling players in the game this season and has already conquered the table lead with six winning goals.
As for the other three strikers who round out the All Snub squad, the numbers suggest they did enough to achieve All Star status, but were outperformed by the selection criteria (ie everyone Division squad requires at least one representative from each of the division's NHL teams).
While Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau deservedly earned a place after his dominant first half, his teammate Aleksander Barkov went outside despite being 12th overall. Like Max Pacioretty who is only a few places below the 14th overall rank in the league exam – so far only three strikers in the Pacioretty division have surpassed him – when he launched the third-placed team. most recordings also on the net.
Perron, Barkov and Pacioretty are still allowed to join the fight if the fans vote. This does not apply to Evgeni Malkin who received the Marchand-Aho treatment.
While the Penguin Pivot is not one of the best in the league due to missed seasons, Malkin's performance since returning has helped the Penguins remain in the playoff despite a series of injuries, including a long absence from Sidney Picture shows Crosby. All in all, Malkin has the sixth best point pace in the league at the end of 2019 and continues to roll at 1.40 points per game.
The two defenders on this list are also probably the two best who fought for this year's Calder Trophy, since beginners Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes were excluded from their respective division teams were.
Both were a tiny game changer for their clubs, and Makar took second place on the team, only behind MacKinnon and Hughes, who kept all defenders busy in Vancouver. Expand the scope for the league as a whole, and the two young players still look dominant – Makar is currently eighth among all NHL defenders, while Hughes is 12th with just a point behind.
Nevertheless, both were in fierce competition for the few Blue Line seats in the All-Star teams. Makar missed the target while veterans Pietrangelo and Roman Josi – both rearguard of the Norris Trophy caliber – made it. Meanwhile, Hughes was left out while only one defender secured a place in the Pacific Division – reigning Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano.
Young Penguins Netminder Tristan Jarry is in a difficult position when it comes to his all-star candidacy. There's no question that Jarry was a home game for Pittsburgh this season, and when they needed it most – the 24-year-old leads the league in percent (0.939) compared to the average (1.87) and is solid resolutely the leadership in exclusions, with three in his name.
As impressive as these numbers may be, it is only suitable for 17 games so far this year, far less than the all-star selections Braden Holtby (28) and Joonis Korpisalo (32), which have less impressive numbers, but did I have more time to see how the averages dropped. According to his head coach, however, a place could soon open up for Jarry, which he could possibly fill if this "week" was canceled.
While Jarry's omission is due to the games played, the same does not apply to Ben Bishop who so far has been one of the elite starters this season. Compared to all other Netminder who have played in at least 20 games this year – d. H. The No. 1 Netminder Harvest – Bishop ranks third in terms of savings (0.926) and goals compared to the average (2.34).
The veteran was similarly faced with fierce divisional competition for the Central Division network, in which Binnington and Connor Hellebuyck took seats. Bishop's save percentage and goal-to-average rank are better than both, although Hellebuyck has more exclusions to his name.
As far as Binnington is concerned, given the location of this year's All-Star weekend, better numbers may not have been enough to oust the young Netzknecht, but they are more than enough to give Bishop the coveted all-snub status win.