Eichel to play in NHL All-Star game

  • Eichel to play in NHL All-Star game

Eichel to play in NHL All-Star game

Still, the fact that Hanifin would be picked as an All-Star remains baffling to anyone who actually pays attention to this team, especially after Tyler Johnson stole his soul on the game-winner in Tuesday night's loss in Tampa Bay, but that's all part of an All-Star selection process that's flawed to say the least and, in the end, pretty inconsequential anyway.

The All-Star Game uses a 3-on-3 format, with teams from each of the six divisions. He proved to be a bargain, tallying 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in 2016-17, and has continued to prove himself this season.

The league's announcement comes one day after Kane recorded his first-ever five-point game.

Hedman will also be making his second-straight All-Star Game appearance after his debut in the 2017 game. Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon have missed time due to injury; Staal has been on the ice for every game this season, keeping the team afloat while others get healthy.

Burns is also tied for fourth amongst all National Hockey League skaters in shots (172), and leads the Sharks in assists (23) and time on ice, averaging 25:19 per game. This is the first All-Star appearance for Cooper and Vasilevskiy.

Also selected to the Pacific Division team, coached by Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights, were Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, James Neal and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Golden Knights, Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, Vancouver's Brock Boeser, Anaheim's Rickard Rakell and Anaheim's Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Both events will be held at AMALIE Arena.

The 63rd annual NHL All-Star Game takes place on January 28, 2018 in Tampa Bay.