The NHL All-Star game is scheduled for February 5th in Vegas, and this is definitely going to be a fun game to watch for fans around the league. However, there are some particular snubs on the roster that deserved to be mentioned.
Every team has at least one representative in the all-star game, but since the switch to three on three for the games, fewer and fewer players are picked to be in the event. Every team is missing a player or two that should be in the event, let’s talk about some of those guys today.
I should mention before diving in – the NHL is having a “last man in” vote for one additional player for each division. You can cast your ballot for those players here. Considering there is only four players going in and a lot of potential last man in votes, players on that list are part of the roster snubs in this list.
Let’s dive in with the Metropolitan Division to start.
All-Star: Sebastian Aho and Frederik Anderson
Snub: Andrei Svechnikov
Aho is an excellent representative for the Carolina Hurricanes, but considering the Hurricanes are one of the top teams in the league, it seems right that they would have a few players in the game. Svechnikov has 26 points in 30 games so far this season, and he is only 21 years old. The NHL is a young players league and he should be a part of the mix in the all-star game.
Columbus Blue Jackets
All-Star: Zach Werenski
Snub: Elvis Merzlikins
Zach Werenski is a great defenseman who is a leader on the Columbus Blue Jackets. But if we are talking about a start in the league Elvis Merzlikins is one of the top goalies around in the league right now. Merzlikins is a great personality and has been one of the most fun goalies to watch around. Seeing him miss out on the event is tough to see, especially how good he has been the best few years as well.
New Jersey Devils
All-Star: Jack Hughes
Snub: Jesper Bratt
Alright, before diving in with this let me say. I want Jack Hughes in the all-star game. He is a great player and is one of the future stars of this game. That being said, why in the world is Jesper Bratt who has a ten-point plus lead on the most points on the Devils not in this event. Bratt has 32 points in 34 games this year.