Rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game have yet to be announced by the League's Hockey Operations Department, but NHL.com staff writers are getting a head start.
Four writers, one per division, were asked to fill out their own teams to go along with the four captains already selected by the fans.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was voted captain of the Metropolitan Division, Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak of the Atlantic Division, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon of the Central Division and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid of the Pacific Division already have been chosen.
Each writer was asked to pick the 11-player team for each of the four divisions, having one player per each divisional team among the six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be in St. Louis on Jan. 25 and will use the same format as last season, with the four division teams playing in a 3-on-3 tournament.
Here is how the NHL.com staffers voted:
Bruins teammates Pastrnak (28 goals, 26 assists) and Brad Marchand (19 goals, 35 assists), each of whom has 54 points, have the firepower to lead the Atlantic, but the scoring doesn't stop there. Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, who has 51 points (24 goals, 27 assists), and Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who has 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists), round out a group of four Atlantic players in the top 10 in the NHL in scoring. And that doesn't even include Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who has 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists).
Combine those forwards with goalies Tuukka Rask of the Bruins (14-4-5, 2.32 goals-against average, .923 save percentage) and Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs (19-8-3, 2.64 GAA, .916 save percentage) and the Atlantic is well served in goal, especially when defended by players like Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens.