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The 2024 NHL All-Star Sport is true across the nook, and on Thursday the league introduced the preliminary 32 gamers that can be suiting up at Scotiabank Area in Toronto on Feb. 3.
The Japanese Convention picks are highlighted by Auston Matthews, Nikita Kucherov and David Pastrnak, whereas the Western Convention picks are highlighted by Connor McDavid, Connor Bedard and Nathan MacKinnon.
One participant from every workforce was chosen for the All-Star Sport on Thursday evening. A fan vote will decide the remaining 12 gamers.
Earlier than fan voting will get underway, this is a take a look at the preliminary rosters for every convention.
2024 NHL All-Star Sport Japanese Convention Roster
Boston Bruins: David Pastrnak
Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Dahlin
Carolina Hurricanes: Sebastian Aho
Columbus Blue Jackets: Boone Jenner
Detroit Purple Wings: Alex DeBrincat
Florida Panthers: Sam Reinhart
Montreal Canadiens: Nick Suzuki
New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes
New York Islanders: Mat Barzal
New York Rangers: Igor Shesterkin
Ottawa Senators: Brady Tkachuk
Philadelphia Flyers: Travis Konecny
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby
Tampa Bay Lightning: Nikita Kucherov
Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews
Washington Capitals: Tom Wilson
Japanese Convention Roster Highlights
It is no shock Auston Matthews finds himself again within the All-Star Sport, particularly with the motion going down on the Maple Leafs’ Scotiabank Area.
Matthews has been arguably one of the best participant within the NHL this season as he leads the league with 30 objectives and has additionally notched 15 assists for 45 factors in 35 video games performed. This additionally marks his eighth straight season with at the least 30 objectives and he is on tempo to surpass his 2022-23 whole of 40 objectives.
Partially because of Matthews, the Maple Leafs are third within the Atlantic Division with a 19-10-7 document and stay in competition for a prime playoff spot.
The identical will also be mentioned for Lightning star Nikita Kucherov, who ranks first within the NHL with 63 factors and second within the league with 27 objectives.
By means of the early goings, Kucherov stored the Lightning afloat within the Atlantic Division within the absence of star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Though Vasilevskiy has returned, Kucherov continues to excel and has helped the Bolts to an 18-16-5 document.
2024 NHL All-Star Sport Western Convention Roster
Anaheim Geese: Frank Vatrano
Arizona Coyotes: Clayton Keller
Calgary Flames: Elias Lindholm
Chicago Blackhawks: Connor Bedard
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon
Dallas Stars: Jake Oettinger
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid
Los Angeles Kings: Cam Talbot
Minnesota Wild: Kirill Kaprizov
Nashville Predators: Filip Fosberg
San Jose Sharks: Tomas Hertl
Seattle Kraken: Oliver Bjorkstrand
St. Louis Blues: Robert Thomas
Vancouver Canucks: Quinn Hughes
Vegas Golden Knights: Jack Eichel
Winnipeg Jets: Connor Hellebuyck
Western Convention Roster Highlights
Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid is a staple within the All-Star Sport, so it is no shock he was picked within the preliminary 32.
McDavid ranks third within the NHL with 53 factors, tallying 14 objectives and 39 assists by way of 33 video games. Whereas he isn’t fairly on tempo to match his 2022-23 level whole of 153 factors, McDavid ought to eclipse 100 factors for the fourth straight season and seventh time in his profession.
Whereas the Oilers bought out to a gradual begin this season attributable to poor goaltending, the workforce has rebounded and presently sits fourth within the Pacific Division with a 19-15-1 document.
It is also no shock the Colorado Avalanche phenom Nathan MacKinnon is a lock for the All-Star Sport. He ranks second within the NHL with 61 factors, notching 20 objectives and 41 assists in 38 video games.
MacKinnon is on tempo for a profession yr after notching 111 factors in 2022-23 and he has been a giant cause why Colorado is atop the Central Division with a 24-11-3 document.
2024 All-Star Sport Format
The 2024 NHL All-Star Sport can be a bit of completely different when it comes to format.
Since 2016, the league has performed the All-Star Sport with 4 groups based mostly on the league’s 4 divisions in a three-on-three, single-elimination event. For instance, the Atlantic Division gained the 2023 ASG and the Metropolitan Division gained the 2022 occasion.
For the 2024 All-Star Sport, the league introduced the return of the participant draft, which eliminates divisions and can enable gamers from the Japanese and Western Conferences to play on the identical workforce.
Celebrities can be paired with captains and 4 groups of 11 gamers (9 skaters, two goalies) can be chosen.
The NHL beforehand utilized a participant draft for a two-team format in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
The 2024 format will stay a three-on-three, single-elimination event.
The 2024 All-Star Weekend kicks off on Feb. 1 with the participant draft and concludes on Feb. 3 with the All-Star Sport. The Abilities Competitors will happen on Feb. 2 and there can be a 3-on-3 Skilled Girls’s Hockey League Showcase following the participant draft on Feb. 1.