Matthews, McDavid, Bedard amongst headliners for NHL all-star groups

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews, Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid and Chicago rookie centre Connor Bedard are among the many headliners for the NHL’s all-star groups unveiled on Thursday.

Matthews, who was named to the Japanese Convention group, leads the NHL with 30 objectives thus far this season.

Bedard, the primary general choose within the 2023 NHL Draft, leads Chicago and all rookies with 33 factors (15 objectives, 18 assists). The 18-year-old North Vancouver native will change into the youngest participant in all-star sport historical past.

McDavid, in the meantime, has produced 53 factors (14 objectives, 39 assists) on the 12 months. Each Bedard and McDavid have been named to the Western Convention squad.

Montreal Canadiens centre Nick Suzuki and Ottawa Senators left-winger Brady Tkachuk have been additionally named to the East group. In the meantime, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes and Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Calgary Flames centre Elias Lindholm made the West squad.

The remaining 12 gamers, made up of eight skaters and 4 goalies, will probably be chosen via a fan vote on Jan. 11.

Expertise competitors

One other fan vote will then be used to pick out 4 skaters to participate within the expertise competitors.

The abilities competitors, which will probably be held Feb. 2, can have a brand new look this 12 months as nicely. Twelve NHL all-stars will compete for factors in eight occasions, with the one who accumulates essentially the most factors taking dwelling a prize of $1 million US.

Every participant will compete in 4 of the primary six all-stars expertise occasions, together with hardest shot, stick dealing with, one-timers, passing problem and accuracy taking pictures.

All-star weekend runs from Feb. 1-3 in Toronto.

Japanese Convention all-stars:

Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes); David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins); Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets); Alex DeBrincat (Detroit Purple Wings); Sam Reinhart (Florida Panthers); Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens); Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils); Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders); Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators); Travis Konecny (Philadelphia Flyers); Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins); Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning); Tom Wilson (Washington Capitals); Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres); Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers).

Western Convention all-stars:

Frank Vatrano (Anaheim Geese); Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes); Elias Lindholm (Calgary Flames); Connor Bedard (Chicago); Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche); Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars); Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers); Cam Talbot (Los Angeles Kings); Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild); Filip Fosberg (Nashville Predators); Tomas Hertl (San Jose Sharks); Oliver Bjorkstrand (Seattle Kraken); Robert Thomas (St. Louis Blues); Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks); Jack Eichel (Vegas Golden Knights); Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets).

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