Who should start the 2017 NHL All-Star game?

For the second straight season the NHL All-Star game will consist of a 3-on-3 tournament with players representing their respective divisions. Each division will be represented by six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies for a total of 11 players per team.

The NHL All-Star game will take place on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles, Calif. at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings.

Here’s who I believe will be playing in the all-star game…

Atlantic Division:

Forwards:

  1. Nikita Kucherov (TBL): 16 G, 23 A (39 P), +8, 14 PPP
  2. Auston Matthews (TOR): 21 G, 14 A (35 P), +5, 11 PPP
  3. Max Pacioretty (MTL): 18 G, 15 A (33 P), +8, 8 PPP
  4. Brad Marchand (BOS): 10 G, 22 A (32 P), +2, 8 PPP
  5. David Pastrnak (BOS): 19 G, 8 A (27 P), +12, 5 PPP
  6. Henrik Zetterberg (DET): 7 G, 21 A (28 P), +12, 4 PPP

Defensemen:

  1. Victor Hedman (TBL): 7 G, 29 A (36 P), +2, 18 PPP
  2. Erik Karlsson (OTT): 7 G, 25 A (32 P), +2, 12 PPP
  3. Shea Weber (MTL): 10 G, 14 A (24 P), +16, 13 PPP

Goalies:

  1. Carey Price (MTL): 19 wins, .930 SV%, 2.02 GAA, 2 shutouts
  2. Tuuka Rask (BOS): 19 wins, .926 SV%, 2.00 GAA, 4 shutouts

Metropolitan Division:

Skaters:

  1. Evgeni Malkin (PIT): 16 G, 27 A (43 P), +11, 15 PPP
  2. Sidney Crosby (PIT): 26 G, 16 A (42 P), +9, 13 PPP
  3. Brandon Saad (CBJ): 14 G, 19 A (33 P), +20, 2 PPP
  4. Claude Giroux (PHI): 10 G, 24 A (34 P), -6, 17 PPP
  5. Alex Ovechkin (WAS): 18 G, 12 A (30 P), +1, 9 PPP
  6. Cam Atkinson (CBJ): 18 G, 20 A (38 P), +5, 18 PPP

Defensemen:

  1. Zach Werenski (CBJ): 6 G, 19 A (25 P), +7, 15 PPP
  2. Ryan McDonagh (NYR): 2 G, 23 A (25 P), +10, 9 PPP
  3. Justin Schultz (PIT): 7 G, 17 A (24 P), +23, 7 PPP

Goalies:

  1. Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ): 25 wins, .930 SV%, 2.03 GAA, 3 shutouts
  2. Braden Holtby (WAS): 17 wins, .928 SV%, 1.99 GAA, 4 shutouts

Central Division:

Skaters:

  1. Vladimir Tarasenko (STL): 19 G, 23 A (42 P), -4, 16 PPP
  2. Patrick Kane (CHI): 12 G, 29 A (41 P), +7, 12 PPP
  3. Artemi Panarin (CHI): 16 G, 24 A (40 P), +15, 13 PPP
  4. Tyler Seguin (DAL): 14 G, 25 A (39 P), -8, 15 PPP
  5. Patrik Laine (WPG): 21 G, 16 A (37 P), +8, 11 PPP
  6. Eric Staal (MIN): 13 G, 21 A (34 P), +12, 9 PPP

Defensemen:

  1. Duncan Keith (CHI): 1 G, 27 A (28 P), +6, 9 PPP
  2. Kevin Shattenkirk (STL): 8 G, 16 A (24 P), -8, 14 PPP
  3. Ryan Suter (MIN): 5 G, 17 A (22 P), +23, 7 PPP

Goalies:

  1. Devan Dubnyk (MIN): 20 W, .939 SV%, 1.82 GAA, 5 shutouts
  2. Corey Crawford (CHI): 14 W, .925 SV%, 2.34 GAA, 2 shutouts

Pacific Division:

Skaters:

  1. Connor McDavid (EDM): 14 G, 31 A (45 P), +11, 13 PPP
  2. Jeff Carter (LAK): 22 G, 14 A (36 P), +5, 10 PPP
  3. Joe Pavelski (SJS): 13 G, 22 A (35 P), +10, 12 PPP
  4. Leon Draisaitl (EDM): 14 G, 20 A (34 P), +2, 15 PPP
  5. Ryan Kesler (ANA): 15 G, 19 A (34 P), 15 PPP
  6. Mikael Backlund (CGY): 12 G, 15 A (27 P), +5, 9 PPP

Defensemen:

  1. Brent Burns (SJS): 15 G, 22 A (37 P), +12, 11 PPP
  2. Cam Fowler (ANA): 9 G, 13 A (22 P), +1, 11 PPP
  3. Drew Doughty (LAK): 6 G, 14 A (20 P), +4, 8 PPP

Goalies:

  1. Martin Jones (SJS): 19 W, .917 SV%, 2.19 GAA, 2 shutouts
  2. Peter Budaj (LAK): 18 W, .919 SV%, 2.03 GAA, 4 shutouts

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