Carson Babbini | December 27th, 2018
The votes have been cast, and today the NHL announced the captains for this year’s All-Star Game in San Jose.
This year, the Metropolitan team will be led by Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, the Atlantic will be led by Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Central led by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, and the Pacific led by Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. All four have had great years so far.
Ovechkin will be participating in his eighth All-Star Game and his second straight as Metropolitan captain. After last year’s Stanley Cup victory, Ovechkin is once again having a great offensive year with 44 points and 29 goals which leads the NHL. The Capitals as a team are currently at the top of the Metropolitan Division with a record of 22-10-3.
So far this year, Matthews has quieted those who thought that the addition of John Tavares would slow him down. Matthews will be participating in his third All-Star Game continuing his streak of not missing an All-Star Game since his rookie year as Matthews has made the All-Star Game every year of his career. This year, Matthews has 34 points in 23 games, after being out due to a left shoulder injury he suffered in November for 14 games. The Maple Leafs currently sit in second place in the Atlantic with a record of 25-10-2 and are six points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.
MacKinnon has had an incredible year so far alongside linemate Mikko Rantanen. MacKinnon has 56 points, good enough for third in the NHL, 34 of those being assists which puts him in fifth in the NHL in that category. MacKinnon will be participating in his third straight All-Star Game. The Avalanche have had another strong start this year currently sitting in third place in the Central Division with a 19-12-6 record sitting just two points behind the Nashville Predators.
McDavid once again is leaving the NHL world in awe with his pure skill. McDavid will be participating in his third straight All-Star Game as captain of the Pacific Division. McDavid currently has 52 points which puts him fourth in the league in that category and has 33 assists which is good enough for seventh in the league. The Oilers currently sit in the second Wild Card spot with a 18-15-3 record sitting four points behind the Anaheim Ducks.
As the rosters start to get put together, these four players will surely lead their teams and make the All-Star Game the spectacle that it has been the past few years.
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