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Tyler Seguin To Represent Dallas Stars at NHL All-Star Game

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Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks send four representatives in a move that shocks basically no one.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars will be represented by just one player being sent to the NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles this year: Tyler Seguin. Seguin currently sits 7th in the league in overall scoring (41), seven points back of the leader (Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers).

He’s the only one that is top 20 in scoring in the NHL on the Dallas roster, with the next highest being his partner in crime Jamie Benn. With the way the season has gone for the Dallas Stars, fighting for a last Wild Card spot instead of leading the Central Division like last season, it’s not surprising that they got just the required one representative for their team.

(On a personal note, I’m happy to see Jamie Benn get left off the All-Star roster. Not because he’s not an All-Star caliber player, but because it gives the Captain additional time to rest before the intense push down the season stretch. The Stars will need Benn to be on his usual game — something that he hasn’t really seemed to have found yet this season — if they hope to climb up the standings.)

Here’s the full list of Central Division representatives:
(*denotes fan-elected captain)

F Patrick Kane (CHI)
F Patrik Laine (WPG)
F Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
F Tyler Seguin (DAL)
F Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
F Jonathan Toews (CHI)
D Duncan Keith (CHI)
D P.K. Subban (NSH)*
D Ryan Suter (MIN)
G Corey Crawford (CHI)
G Devan Dubnyk (MIN)

That’s a LOT of Chicago Blackhawks in there. Each team is required to send one representative to the All-Star Game, but it seems like the league only deemed Minnesota worthy of multiple representatives outside of the Chosen Ones in the Central Division.

It’s not that those chosen haven’t done enough to deserve their picks as All-Stars (though the Duncan Keith and Ryan Suter picks feel a little bit more like reputation choices to me - I’d have put Artemi Panarin in before Keith if it was absolutely necessary to have another Chicago player in the pool).

But what about Mark Scheifele or Nikolaj Ehlers? Those Jets are having very good seasons and you could make the case that they deserve a nod. How about Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis? He’s scored more goals on defense than basically every other defensemen in the division. Tyson Barrie is criminally underrated for the season he’s having on a terrible Colorado Avalanche squad.

Even the defending Stanley Cup winners only had two representatives selected for the All-Star roster in their division. Here are the rest of the All-Star selections:

Metropolitan Division
F Sidney Crosby (PIT)*
F Taylor Hall (NJD)
F Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
F Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
F Wayne Simmonds (PHI)
F John Tavares (NYI)
D Justin Faulk (CAR)
D Seth Jones (CBJ)
D Ryan McDonagh (NYR)
G Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)
G Braden Holtby (WSH)

Atlantic Division
F Nikita Kucherov (TBL)
F Brad Marchand (BOS)
F Auston Matthews (TOR)
F Frans Nielsen (DET)
F Kyle Okposo (BUF)
F Vincent Trocheck (FLA)
D Victor Hedman (TBL)
D Erik Karlsson (OTT)
D Shea Weber (MTL)
G Carey Price (MTL)
G Tuukka Rask (BOS)

Pacific Division
F Jeff Carter (LAK)
F Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
F Bo Horvat (VAN)
F Ryan Kesler (ANA)
F Connor McDavid (EDM)
F Joe Pavelski (SJS)
D Brent Burns (SJS)
D Drew Doughty (LAK)
D Cam Fowler (ANA)
G Martin Jones (SJS)
G Mike Smith (ARI)

The skills competition will be held Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM CST and the All-Star game will be held Sunday, January 29th at 2:30 PM CST.