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Erik Karlsson named as Senators’ representative at All-Star Game

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It’s the captain’s fifth All-Star apperance

2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

To no one’s surprise, Erik Karlsson was named as the Ottawa Senators representative for the NHL All-Star Game. It’s the captain’s fifth All-Star appearance, and his third consecutive. It’s not surprising, given his incredible 2017 playoffs when he pushed the team all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. Many would consider him to be having an off year, but he still has 30 points 36 games, good enough for 6th among defenceman and 2nd in points-per-game among d-men with at least three games played. His 27 assists has him 16th in the league. On a team that has woefully underperformed, Karlsson has still managed to score at quite a high level.

I was personally hoping Mark Stone would be named for a few reasons. The first is that he leads the Sens in goals, and is actually 19th in the league in points. He’s also managed to mostly fly under the radar as the best Sens forward, and I was hoping that he’d finally get some league-wide recognition. Karlsson still seems to be playing injured and could probably use a little extra rest, and in a season in which he isn’t the Sens’ lead scorer by a mile, I’d like to see Stone get the nod. Not to mention that the ASG relies on personality, and although Karlsson can definitely bring the fun, nobody can compete with #StoneFace. Everyone deserves a little bit of Mark Stone in their lives, and this could’ve been the chance for them to get it.

Here are the full rosters:

Atlantic Division

F Aleksander Barkov, FLA

F Jack Eichel, BUF

F Nikita Kucherov, TBL

F Brad Marchand, BOS

F Auston Matthews, TOR

F Steven Stamkos, TBL*

D Mike Green, DET

D Victor Hedman, TBL

D Erik Karlsson, OTT

G Carey Price, MTL

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL

Head Coach: Jon Cooper, TBL

Metropolitan Division

F Josh Bailey, NYI

F Sidney Crosby, PIT

F Claude Giroux, PHI

F Taylor Hall, NJD

F Alex Ovechkin, WSH

F John Tavares, NYI

D Noah Hanifin, CAR

D Seth Jones, CBJ

D Kris Letang, PIT

G Braden Holtby, WSH

G Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

Head Coach: Barry Trotz, WSH

Central Division

F Patrick Kane, CHI

F Nathan MacKinnon, COL

F Brayden Schenn, STL

F Tyler Seguin, DAL

F Eric Staal, MIN

F Blake Wheeler, WPG

D John Klingberg, DAL

D Alex Pietrangelo, STL

D P.K. Subban, NSH

G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG

G Pekka Rinne, NSH

Head Coach: Peter Laviolette, NSH

Pacific Division

F Brock Boeser, VAN

F Johnny Gaudreau, CGY

F Anze Kopitar, LAK

F Connor McDavid, EDM

F James Neal, VGK

F Rickard Rakell, ANA

D Brent Burns, SJS

D Drew Doughty, LAK

D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI

G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK

G Jonathan Quick, LAK

Head Coach: Gerard Gallant, VGK