After two months of fan voting the Toronto Maple Leafs very own Auston Matthews was named captain of the Atlantic Division all star team, along with fellow divisional captains Connor McDavid, Alexander Ovechkin, and Nathan MacKinnon.
Your votes have been counted and the 2019 #NHLAllStar captains are set! pic.twitter.com/RouVWU9D7R— NHL (@NHL) December 27, 2018
Matthews has been having a great season so far - despite missing a large amount of time due to injury - he has 19 goals and 15 assists in 23 games. His status as tank target and first overall pick makes him an easy name to check off on an all star game ballot, and he was a team representative at the 2017 and 2018 games. Being named captain over other stars in the division like John Tavares, Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly, and some guys from other teams is a big honor that will stick to Matthews resume for his entire career. Also, pad his wallet:
With Auston Matthews officially named the NHL All-Star games Atlantic captain as voted by the fans, the #Leafs star forward has also unlock a $212,500 Schedule 'A' bonus as a result. https://t.co/Akv9RpCjED— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) December 27, 2018
With Matthews added to the game that leaves 11 spots open on the Atlantic team and several more deserving Leafs players to view for a coveted spot. Remember, every team gets represented, even the Senators and Red Wings.
Marner, Tavares, Rielly, and Andersen should all be on the NHL’s list for potential spots on the team, but not all will get in. If you had to pick one, who would be your choice to represent the Leafs at the all star game?
Who else would you pick to go to the All Star Game?