Panel discussion: Which player should get an invite?

THE STAR MATCH : NHL All-Star fan vote | Opening of initial connections

Sebastien Deschambault, Editorial Director of NHL.com

With the team finishing first in their division, one suspects that several players had a campaign worthy of mention. No one can be sad when the number one goalie on this list takes his place, but shouldn’t this team’s leading scorer follow him?

In the case of the Vegas Golden Knights Logan Thompson Scoring in the Pacific Division means a lot. He’s been one of the NHL’s great stories this season and had a lot of pressure on his shoulders in Robin Lehner’s absence.

The Golden Knights’ offense is also key to their success, so inviting their leading scorer only makes sense. A team full of stars should have a big name like that Mark Stone even jack eichel…well no! We are talking about productivity here Chandler Stephenson.

Stephenson’s versatility and toughness can be highlighted by an invitation to the All-Star game. After having a career-best season last year with 64 points in 79 games, many observers saw Eichel relegated to a backup role as he returned to health.

Stevenson instead continued to thrive up top alongside Stone and Eichel, moving to the wing or center when Eichel moved on. With 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists), 12 power play points and four shortstops in 44 games, Stevenson has been Vegas’ most consistent and versatile player, and his brilliance deserves praise.

Video: BUF@VGK: Amadio and Stephenson join forces

Hugues Marcil, Controller NHL.com

You talk about versatility, Seb, so I have another player who fits that criteria to offer: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier.

That’s all right, great players and those who rocketed for a lap during the skill competition, but defensive players like Hischier are often left out of events like the All-Star Game.

I would like the 24-year-old Swiss to accompany his teammate Jack Hughes, in whose shadow it thrives. It would be a great way to highlight all of his accomplishments because I don’t think we talk enough about the season he had.

Not only has he scored 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 42 games since the start of the season with a plus-16 differential, he’s better than some of the forwards who have been confirmed as All-Stars. constantly going up against the top three rivals. Not to mention the fact that he is a pillar of the penalty kick.

Believe me, his name will soon be associated with the Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman in the NHL. The Devils wouldn’t be where they are in the standings without his defensive prowess, and that’s what the star player is all about.

I remind you that Hischier is a former first overall pick in the draft. We are sure that he can surprise more than once with his individual skills.

Gabriel Duhamel, NHL.com Controller

Three of the four defensemen who have already secured a spot in the All-Star Game will represent the Central Division. Hold the reel, Josh Morrissey and Seth Jones all deserve their place, but the possibility of the absence of the Dallas Stars guard Miro Heyskanen This group raises my eyebrows.

In my opinion, his very “competent” style is perfectly suited to the spectacle that is the All-Star Game, especially as the event takes place as a 3-on-3 tournament. is one of the most effective in rebounding, and one of the main reasons why the Stars are so close to the top of the West, especially at midseason.

I have always liked this defender and was quickly impressed by his intelligence and ability to control the game at such a young age. His 33 points in 41 games is a very impressive statistic, but it doesn’t do justice to his talent as a hockey player.

Video: OTT@DAL: Heiskanen threads the needle for his 2nd goal

Ironically, he entered the event as a junior in 2018-19, statistically having the worst season of his career. This year, strong defenders of the Center should keep him out of the picture. Even great Roman JosiThe Nashville Predators team can be eliminated from the group (goalie Juuse Saros represents the team in the first selection wave).

It would only be a reprieve for Heiskanen, who will increase his presence at the event in the coming years.

John Ciolfi, Senior Producer, NHL.com

One of the biggest surprises this season has been the performance of the Buffalo Sabres. After a long spell of misery, Don Granato’s men are in the hunt for a play-off spot thanks to their dynamic attack. Tagus ThompsonThanks to his magnificent goals and brilliant shot, he definitely won his place in the All-Star Game.

However, I believe another Sabers player should be invited, and I’m talking about the defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. The Swede was the Sabers’ representative in the last All-Star Game (almost by default), but he’ll have fully earned his spot this season after taking his game to a whole new level.

After 40 games, Dahlin leads all NHL defensemen in goals (13, tied with Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks player), second in points (48) and first in power-play points (23) while playing 26:20 per game, second among all players in the NHL. The 22-year-old defenseman is already just five points away from matching his personal mark for points in a season (53 in 80 games last season), and he could post a positive differential in his first season. time in his career (plus-17 at the time of this writing).

If he keeps up this pace, Dahlin will pass the 90-point plateau and probably be a finalist for the Norris Trophy, so I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t included in the Florida festivities.

Nicolas Ducharme, NHL.com reporter

With the seven strikers already selected in the squad of the metropolitan division, it will be necessary to add several defenders. My candidate: Dougie Hamilton.

Overshadowed by the NHL’s big names on the blue line, Hamilton is having a great season with the Devils. With 37 points in 43 games, he is currently seventh in NHL scoring among defensemen. He scored 10 goals, fifth most in the League. Alone man fox Doing better in the Metropolitan Division than the New York Rangers, he should punch his ticket to the All-Star Game.

The Devils, who could make the playoffs for the second time in 11 years, paid top dollar to sign him on the free agent market two years ago, and he proved himself right as he became the only Devil defenseman with more than 15 catches. score. He also does well on the power play with 18 points, which is fourth in the NHL. Quinn Hughes and Josh Morrissey.

Video: NJD@MTL: Hamilton with a high shot into the net

Despite everything, his name rarely comes up in conversations. Some even favor him over the Devils Nico Hischier (Hi Hughes!). However, Hischier doesn’t even appear among his team’s top two scorers, and he’s just four points ahead of Hamilton. Yes, Hugues, you’re going to tell me that Hischier is a versatile player who excels on both ends of the ice…but playing defense in the All-Star Game is like skiing during sunrise…useless.

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