In a move that surprised no one (except for maybe people who only saw the team play over the past two games), Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin were selected for the Central Division's team at the 2016 NHL All-Star.
With the new division oriented format, spots were at a premium this season (especially in the uber-competitive Central), but there was no way to deny either Benn or Seguin on the roster. They currently sit first and second in the NHL with 24 and 23 goals, respectively, and second and third in the league in points with 52 and 50.
It is the first time the Stars have sent two representatives to the All-Star Game since Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson were selected in 2010-11, and it is the first time Benn and Seguin will attend as teammates (though they both attended the 2011-12 ASG with Seguin as a member of the Boston Bruins).
The interesting omission for the Stars is defenseman John Klingberg, who is ninth in the league in points (trailing only Erik Karlsson among defensemen) and third overall in assists with 32. But with only 11 spots on the roster and the Nashville Predators hosting the game at the end of this month, there just weren't enough roster spots to go around despite how deadly the Benn-Seguin-Klingberg trio can be at a three-on-three tournament.
In fact, the Predators had three representatives on the roster, more than any other team in the division, with two defensemen and a goalie despite being a very average defensive team. That's more representatives than the Blue Jackets had when they hosted last season (despite that being hampered by an injury) or the Stars when they hosted in 2007.
The Blues are the team with the largest case to be annoyed. Despite being third in the division and fourth in the conference, they only have one representative - Vladimir Tarasenko.
Patrick Kane was voted captain of the Central Divsision's team earlier this week.
The Stars will also be represented by coach Lindy Ruff, who clinched the opportunity to coach the Central's team last weekend with the Stars point against the New Jersey Devils and a St. Louis Blues loss.
The full release on the rosters is below.