[All-Stars] Roster Opinion 2017

Captain: Connor McDavid (EDM)

Coach: Peter DeBoer (SJ)

Forwards: Jeff Carter (LAK), Johnny Gaudreau (CGY), Bo Horvat (VAN), Ryan Kesler (ANA), Joe Pavelski (SJ)

Defense: Brent Burns (SJ), Drew Doughty (LAK), Cam Fowler (ANA)

Goalies: Martin Jones (SJ), Mike Smith (ARI)

 

4 Sharks, 2 Kings, 2 Ducks, 1 from the rest. Oh boy.

 

Replacement Suggestions

Peter DeBoer: Deserves to go, does not deserve to be Pacific coach. Why: although the Sharks are a strong opponent, not all credit can be given to DeBoer, who has admitted that he inherited a well-coached team. Who should go instead: Darryl Sutter. Why: On top of keeping an injured LA Kings team in playoff contention this year, Sutter has led the team to two cups in the last few years. He has also coached teams in the Pacific division for 17 years. In addition, the game is in LA to celebrate 50 years of their hockey history.

 

Cam Fowler: Deserves to go, does not deserve this 3rd spot on D. Why: although he has been a part of the Ducks push for the Pacific title, other players have put up similar numbers as him from other teams. Who should go instead: Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Why: This is a controversial pick. Despite an another abysmal Coyotes season, Ekman-Larsson has done relatively well for himself. He is also a defenseman near the top of the points sheet for his team. This also preserves the Coyotes place in the all-star game after my next pick.

Mike Smith: Does not deserve to go. Why: Obviously I am not pinning the Coyotes record on him. However, his emotional attitude seems to weigh heavily with the team’s overall attitude. He’s not having a spectacular year, and there are much better goalies in the Pacific that are in the playoff hunt. Who should go instead: Peter Budaj. Why: Without Quick in the line-up for an extended period of time, Budaj has kept the Kings in the playoff race defensively. He has a few shutouts under his belt this year as well. Although a case could be made for Gibson, Talbot, or Johnson, Budaj has earned a spot in this year’s all-star game. Having this game in LA makes him not been chosen sting just that much more.

 

Notable names left at home

  • Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
  • Milan Lucic (EDM)
  • Jordan Eberle (EDM)
  • Corey Perry (ANA)
  • Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)
  • Jakob Silverberg (ANA)
  • Mikael Backlund (CGY)
  • Dougie Hamilton (CGY)
  • Alec Martinez (LAK)
  • Anze Kopitar (LAK)
  • Dustin Brown (LAK)
  • Henrik Sedin (VAN)
  • Joe Thornton (SJ)
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