Wednesday, January 10, 2007

My All Star Game Rosters

The voting for All Star Game starters is over and we have our winners (see this TSN article for details) so it is time for me to announce my picks for who I would add to fill out the all star rosters. The teams are assumed to have 12 forwards, 6 defencemen, 3 goalies. Each team must be represented with at least one player. I chose with no regard to injury status. Some of these players will likely be unable to play in the game due to injury. Those who are hurt I will replace at a later date closer to the game.

Here are my suggested rosters:

East Conference

Maxim Afinogenov Forward Buffalo Sabres
Jason Blake Forward New York Islanders
Jay Bouwmeester Defenceman Florida Panthers
Daniel Briere Forward Buffalo Sabres Starter
Rod Brind'Amour Forward Carolina Hurricanes
Martin Brodeur Goaltender New Jersey Devils
Brian Campbell Defenceman Buffalo Sabres Starter
Zdeno Chara Defenceman Boston Bruins
Dany Heatley Forward Ottawa Senators
Marian Hossa Forward Atlanta Thrashers
Cristobal Huet Goaltender Montreal Canadiens
Jaromir Jagr Forward New York Rangers
Tomas Kaberle Defenceman Toronto Maple Leafs
Vincent LeCavalier Forward Tampa Bay Lightning
Bryan McCabe Defenceman Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Miller Goaltender Buffalo Sabres Starter
Alexander Ovechkin Forward Washington Capitals Starter
Martin St Louis Forward Tampa Bay Lightning
Sheldon Souray Defenceman Montreal Canadiens Starter

West Conference

Philippe Boucher Defenceman Dallas Stars
Jonathan Cheechoo Forward San Jose Sharks Starter
Alexander Frolov Forward Los Angeles Kings
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Goaltender Anaheim Ducks
Bill Guerin Forward St Louis Blues
Martin Havlat Forward Chicago Blackhawks
Jarome Iginla Forward Calgary Flames
Ed Jovanovski Defenceman Phoenix Coyotes
Paul Kariya Forward Nashville Predators
Miikka Kiprusoff Goaltender Calgary Flames
Nicklas Lidstrom Defenceman Detroit Red Wings Starter
Roberto Luongo Goaltender Vancouver Canucks Starter
Scott Niedermayer Defenceman Anaheim Ducks Starter
Chris Pronger Anaheim Ducks
Brian Rolston Forward Minnesota Wild
Joe Sakic Forward Colorado Avalanche Starter
Teemu Selanne Forward Anaheim Ducks
Petr Sykora Forward Edmonton Oilers
Joe Thornton Forward San Jose Sharks Starter
Lubomir Visnovsky Defenceman Los Angeles Kings
David Vyborny Forward Columbus Blue Jackets

I am not the only one proposing All Star Game rosters. Scott Burnside, E J Hrdek and John Buccigross all proposed their lineups at ESPN. Interestingly, they disagree on roster size. Buccigross has the smaller lineup with 21 spots that I propose. Hradek and Burnside have 23 man rosters. In the last NHL All Star Game (2004) the 21 man roster was used. They don't include a player from each NHL team - for example, not one of the three includes a St Louis Blue.

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