2023 All-Star Game rosters debated by NHL.com

The last 12 gamers, three per division, chosen by the 2023 NHL All-Star Fan Vote offered by Guaranteed Rate, have been unveiled Thursdayfinishing every division’s 11-man roster.

There can be some severe star energy on the FLA LIVE Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on Feb. 4 (3 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS). The All-Star Skills offered by DraftKings Sportsbook will happen Feb. 3 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS).

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Players like ahead Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals, Metropolitan Division), ahead David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins, Atlantic), heart Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche, Central) and heart Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers, Pacific) are set to face-off towards one another within the 3-on-3 format.

But which division has one of the best roster and can win the entire thing? We requested 4 NHL.com writers to debate that very query:

Pete Jensen, director, senior fantasy editor:

The Atlantic Division has all of it, led by the pedigree of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who’ve reached the Stanley Cup Final in every of the previous three seasons (two championships) with ahead Nikita Kucherov and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. And the loopy factor is Vasilevskiy could not even be the starter on his personal staff with how Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark has been nearly unbeatable this season. The Atlantic additionally has household ties (and a mix of scoring and physicality) with the Tkachuk brothers (ahead Brady of the Ottawa Senators, ahead Matthew from the host Florida Panthers). The Toronto Maple Leafs’ duo of heart Austin Matthews and ahead Mitchell Marner have performed on separate traces at even energy for many of this season however have confirmed chemistry on the facility play and from once they skated collectively final season, and Matthews gained the Rocket Richard Trophy for main the NHL with 60 targets). And the icing on the cake is having two of the highest 5 Hart Trophy candidates for Most worthy participant in Pastrnak and heart Tage Thompson (Buffalo Sabres).

William Douglas, workers author:

Pete’s proper in regards to the Atlantic’s pedigree, however I just like the Central Division with its steadiness of up-and-coming stars and veterans. They’ve bought thrilling younger firepower with forwards Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild), Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars) and Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) to go with ahead Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) and defenseman Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets). The Central additionally has its share of Stanley Cup winners within the Avalanche’s MacKinnon, ahead Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar, who final season gained the Conn Smythe Trophy because the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Norris Trophy, voted because the NHL’s high defenseman. And the goaltending is tough to beat Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators) and Connor Hellebuyck (Jets).

David Satriano, workers author:

Pete and Bill each made good circumstances, however for me, it is the Metropolitan. In the six seasons because the All-Star Game had a 3-on-3 format, the Metro has been topped champion thrice, together with final season. I anticipate their run to proceed in 2023. Led by two of one of the best gamers in NHL historical past in heart Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Ovechkin, the Metro additionally boasts rising younger stars within the heart Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils) and ahead Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes). There’s additionally a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman in Adam Fox and final season’s Vezina Trophy winner, voted because the League’s high goalie, in Igor Shesterkin, every from the New York Rangers. The tandem of Shesterkin and Ilya Sorokin (New York Islanders) is best than every other division’s, and we all know how essential goaltending can be with all of the anticipated scoring through the match.

Bill Price, Editor-in-Chief:

Imagine having the fourth decide within the draft and also you get McDavid, heart Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Erik Karlsson. That’s what this looks like. Quite actually, if I had the primary decide, it could have been my selection. We have all seen what McDavid and Draisaitl can do in a 5-on-5 recreation for the Edmonton Oilers; now think about the 2 of them with all of the open ice within the 3-on-3. Add in Karlsson, who’s having a Norris Trophy-caliber season for the San Jose Sharks, and there won’t be a greater group of three in the complete All-Star Game. On high of that, you might have an electrical younger participant like heart Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken), heart Bo Horvatwho’s having a profession season for the Vancouver Canucks, and heart Nazem Kadri (Calgary Flames). I wish to thank Pete, Bill and David for passing on the Pacific. It can be their loss.


It’s nice to see Karlsson totally wholesome and again in his elite kind this season; he actually deserves extra MVP love for what he is doing within the scope of his place traditionally. And talking of defensemen, not having one on the roster is the one factor that might derail the Atlantic; the Central Division has three defensemen and the Metropolitan and Pacific have one every, which might make a giant distinction with a lot back-and-forth motion within the recreation. I feel one of the best goalie tandems within the match are a tie between the Metropolitan and the Atlantic, however it’s value noting that the Metro can have Fox enjoying large minutes in entrance of Shesterkin and Sorokin. But relaxation assured, have a look at the robust facilities on the Atlantic roster: Matthews, the 6-foot-6 Thompson and two different high-scoring workhorses, Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) and Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens), might assist dominate the possession battle.


Pete raises a superb level in regards to the paucity of defensemen on the Atlantic roster, which type of bolsters my case for the Central. They have one of the best within the NHL now in Makar, who brings a lethal mixture of pace and marksmanship. He and Seth Jones (Chicago Blackhawks) gave the Central one of the best offensive and defensive blue line duo on the All-Star Game. And, with all due respect to my esteemed colleague, Mr. Jensen, I feel the Central’s Saros-Hellebuyck goalie tandem deserves top-two consideration.


Do McDavid, Draisaitl and Karlsson scare me? Absolutely, however what Bill P. failed to say is who can be in objective for the Pacific: rookies Stuart Skinner (Oilers) and Logan Thompson (Vegas Golden Knights). True, every is having a superb season, however there isn’t any evaluating them to Shesterkin and Sorokin. As for the Atlantic, Matthews, Pastrnak and Thompson are three of one of the best goal-scorers within the League, however they cannot be on the ice always. And the Central? With a staff that has Kaprizov, MacKinnon and Robertson, I see them enjoying too fancy and making an attempt for highlight-reel targets and performs, for the followers, which might value them. Bottom line, the Metropolitan has probably the most well-balanced roster, which additionally consists of forwards Artemi Panarin (Rangers) and Johnny Gaudreau (Columbus Blue Jackets), and can as soon as once more be topped champions.


I used to be ready for somebody to get round to the Pacific goaltending, and I’m glad David did. Yes, Thompson and Skinner are the 2 most unproven goalies within the All-Star Game, however that is what I like about them. This could possibly be a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for them, and they aren’t solely going to savor each second however do their finest to show that they belong. But so long as they do not get shelled, it will not matter. The Pacific has severe firepower, and as Pete talked about earlier, only one defenseman in Karlsson, who’s as dynamic offensively as a lot of the forwards within the All-Star Game. And I do know Pete was watching the All-Star Game final yr (he was sitting subsequent to me), so I’m shocked he introduced up the “D” phrase, since there is not a lot protection being performed in these video games. This is all about who can rating probably the most targets, and I’ll take McDavid and Draisaitl on my staff any day. It can be enjoyable.


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