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Auston Matthews is the lone Maple Leaf at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game

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At least one Leaf got snubbed so the bottom feeding Sabres, Canadiens, and Senators could be represented

2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Today the NHL announced the rosters for the 2018 All Star Game in Tampa Bay. The Maple Leafs, despite being one of the top three teams in the division, only have # representatives there.

Auston Matthews has been named as the Maple Leafs representative for Team Atlantic in Tampa Bay. Matthews is the Maple Leafs leading scorer with 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points in 34 games, and is the most recognizable name on the team right now.

Matthews’ teammates on the Atlantic roster are:

Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand
Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel
Detroit Red Wings: Mike Green
Florida Panthers: Aleksander Barkov
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price
Ottawa Senators: Erik Karlsson
Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevsky

Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning will coach the team.
The Lightning are hosts, so of course they have the most players, and the Sabres get a pity vote so they can feel included. Congrats Jack Eichel, you’re a participation trophy again!

The other rosters are:

Pacific

Vancouver Canucks: Brock Boeser
Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Koitar, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid
Vegas Golden Knights: James Neal, Marc-Andre Fluery
Anaheim Ducks: Rickard Rakell
San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns
Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Head Coach: Gerard Gallant, Vegas

Central

Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon
St. Louis Blues: Brayden Schenn, Alex Pietrangelo
Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg
Minnesota Wild: Eric Staal
Winnipeg Jets*: Blake Wheeler, Connor Hellebuyck
Nashville Predators: PK Subban, Pekka Rinne
Head Coach: Peter Laviolette

Metro

New York Islanders: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang
Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux
New Jersey Devils: Taylor Hall
Washington Capitals: Alexander Ovechkin, Braden Hotlby
Carolina Hurricanes: Noah Hanafin
Columbus Blue Jackets: Seth Jones
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist
Head Coach: Barry Trotz

The skills competition will be at 7PM on Saturday, January 27, and the games will start at 3:30PM on Sunday, January 28. You can watch the events on Sportsnet in Canada and NBC/NBC Sports in the US.

Poll

Which event should be added to the skills competition this year?

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  • 16%
    It’s in Florida, why not a swimsuit event?
    (41 votes)
  • 16%
    Diving competition. Sorry, Embellishment Event.
    (42 votes)
  • 13%
    Coaches event: Best unhinged tirade.
    (34 votes)
  • 24%
    GMs event: Who can make the worst trade for McDavid.
    (62 votes)
  • 29%
    Call of Duty: So they actually put in some effort to win something.
    (75 votes)
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