The rosters for the NHL’s four divisional All-Star squads are nearly set.
After announcing the four captains earlier this month — Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who’s elected to skip the festivities to rest up for the season’s second half — the league announced the next slate of names for each of the four teams Monday. Each squad has one spot remaining, however, giving fans the chance to vote in one final player from each division.
But as is the case every year, the All-Star Game is just as much about who’s there as it is about who isn’t — the snubs, the leftovers, the forgotten crowd whose early-season success goes under-appreciated. To be fair, it’s safe to assume a fair number of said snubs are just fine taking the weekend off to rest their bodies and reset before the grind that is the second half of the NHL season.
Even so, it’s worth highlighting the collection of names who’ve put up all-star-calibre numbers so far but won’t get the snazzy jersey to commemorate it.
That being the case, here’s your illustrious 2020 NHL All-Snub Team:
F: Brad Marchand (Captain?!)
F: Sebastian Aho
F: David Perron
F: Aleksander Barkov
F: Evgeni Malkin
F: Max Pacioretty
D: Quinn Hughes
D: Cale Makar
G: Tristan Jarry
G: Ben Bishop
A few names on that list should ring immediately obvious, none more so than Marchand, who’d undoubtedly earn the distinction of having the ‘C’ stitched to his all-snub sweater, with his exclusion from the event hard to understand given the Hart Trophy-calibre performance he’s put forth so far.