The 2022 NHL All-Star team was unveiled on Thursday, showcasing the pool of players who were selected a few weeks later to bring their talents to Sin City for the league’s midseason event.
The problem, however, is that this year’s All-Star roster is rubbish, countless star players have been excluded from their respective division rosters, which is a confusing act of madness, and if I have anything to say about it, neither will get away with it.
So, who is the most shocking snub? Let’s find out.
Nazem Kadri – Colorado Avalanche
The guy is fourth in the NHL in scoring this season, scoring 130 points for one of the league’s top teams about halfway through the year.
What more do you want?
There is no doubt that Nazem Kadri’s performance in 2021 has been otherworldly.
It’s not just that Kadri is currently scoring more than double his previous career high. No, that’s because he’s done it in a very sustainable way, and most metrics point to Cadley’s performance not being the result of shooting luck, but simply playing well.
Really, really good.
Yes, I know the All-Star Game is a fan-centric event where each team must send a representative. Save your “but actually!” tweets. I’m sure these participation medals will be fun icebreakers at every dinner party for years to come.
But for Pete’s sake, I’m an avid sports fan! You can’t force me to accept that Nick Suzuki’s 19 points in 36 games is considered an All-Star-worthy Kadri who has more than doubled in six fewer games without a fight. And force Kadri to win a seat with “last man” votes? mean.
He’s challenging Art Ross, folks! Send him to Vegas. What are we doing?
Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers
While Kadri has at least a chance at the “Last Man” spot, the complete erasure of Igor Shestkin from this year’s event is an irony never before seen in human civilization.
Don’t even try to tell me I’m dramatizing. This anger is entirely appropriate.
The NHL is a league where the defending Vezina champs get pretty much nothing, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that another top goalie’s honor is overlooked. But Shesterkin has been the league’s best network manager for the 2021-22 season. period. It’s hard to argue about anything else.
However, I will still introduce my situation.
Shesterkin leads the NHL in baseline save percentage and goals scored among net goalies with more than five starts this season, with yearly averages of 0.939 and 1.99, respectively. His three suspensions are also the third-most in the league, most recently after Shesterkin dropped all 37 field goals last night in his first game back from a COVID-19 protocol.
For the stats-loving crowd, Shesterkin’s above-average 20 goals trailed only All-Star Jack Campbell’s league-leading 21. His 67 goals allowed for adjustment are the NHL’s best in that metric, and his 6.0 ranks fifth among all NHL network managers in scoring share despite Shesterkin’s only 22 games played so far.
No matter how you slice it, this guy is an All-Star. Correct this mistake immediately.
Brad Marchand – Boston Bruins
You know how scary it is for me to speak for Brad Marchand? That’s how badly the NHL is dropping the ball on this one.
In the words of legendary evening news anchor Wes Mantooth, “I hate you, Ron Burgundy. But, damn, do I respect you?”
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Marchand, 33, is on course for the best season of his entire 13-year career. The slippery weasel is currently scoring an absurd 4.4 points per 60 minutes, a staggering 41 points in 29 games, and he’s averaging nearly 20 minutes a night on the Bruins’ ice, exactly eight straight win.
Again, I have to ask: what more do you want?
While Marchand’s tally stats are among the best in the league, he’s also outstanding in his stats, with Marchand currently shooting 59 percent from CF/60 while helping the Bears win 63.5 percent of expected-goal ice cubes when he’s on the floor.
After a slow start, you really can’t help but wonder where the Bears would be now without Marchand. And he’s only getting better!
Look me in the eyes and tell me that Clayton Keller’s 26 points in 34 games in the NHL basement deserves an All-Star nod to Marchand. you can not! Even if it goes against every fiber of my life.
You win, Brad. Don’t get used to it.
William Nylander – Toronto Maple Leafs
It’s not William Nyland’s fault that his team has a lot of good players to choose from.
At 25, he can only control his performance. Nylander is currently playing the best hockey of his career, scoring 36 goals in 35 games so far, averaging over a point per game, while on track for a personal best of 37 goals.
In fact, Nylander has improved himself this season in nearly every way imaginable. Thanks to his newfound role in the Maple Leafs’ penalty shootout, he has developed an underrated two-way element of the game, is more confident than ever in individual board battles, and helps his ball when he’s on the field The team won over 58% of the expected goals on the ice.
Nylander has been a great stats darling with decent stats production over the years, and his reputation for thrashing around has kept him out of the NHL’s upper echelon. This season brings something completely different.
Nylander is one of the best wings in the league. This deserves recognition on a Las Vegas trip.
Roman Josie is likely to win the Norris Trophy this season, which makes his exclusion from the All-Star lineup and the “Last Man” vote downright ridiculous.
Josie is one of the few guards to average more points per game this season, and the 31-year-old has a stellar 38 points in 36 games for the Predators so far while averaging nearly 25 points per game. minutes on the ice and compete with top opponents.
For the third time, I have to ask: what more do you want? !
Josie is going through the kind of season a general manager has hoped his players have had throughout his career — and it ended in disappointment. Few defenders can balance the offensive efficiency and defensive stability that Captain Predators bring, and Josie is the main reason his team is No. 1 in the Central Division standings.
If life were fair, Josie would pack up and head to Vegas while we were talking. Alas, that’s not the case. He’ll watch players who are far less successful than he make the All-Star stage.