Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville has been selected to be the team’s only representative for the NHL All-Star game, while Thomas Vanek got the shaft.
Pominville leads the Sabres with 43 points, while Vanek has is just behind with 41 points and leads Buffalo with 19 goals.
Additionally, Luke Adam was named to the All-Star Rookie squad. Adam has 20 points in 42 games this season.
The NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Saturday, January 28th, with the All-Star game being held on the following day.
The players added today join the six players elected to the game by fan balloting: Forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek and defenseman Erik Karlsson of the host Senators, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Forwards selected by the league were Anaheim’s Corey Perry; Boston’s Tyler Seguin; Buffalo’s Jason Pominville; Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who recently became the 42nd player in NHL history with 500 goals; Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa; Jamie Benn of Dallas; Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk; Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu; John Tavares of the New York Islanders; the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik; Claude Giroux of Philadelphia; Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Logan Couture of San Jose; Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos; Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul; Henrik and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver; and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
The additional defensemen picked were Boston’s Zdeno Chara; Florida’s Brian Campbell; Ryan Suter and Shea Weber of Nashville; the Rangers’ Dan Girardi; Kimmo Timonen of Philadelphia; Keith Yandle of Phoenix; Vancouver’s Alex Edler; the Capitals’ Dennis Wideman; and Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg.
Goaltenders heading to the event will be Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick; Montreal’s Carey Price; the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Elliott of St. Louis.
In addition, 12 rookies were chosen to participate, along with the 42 All- Stars, in the skills competition. Comprising the rookie list are Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog; New Jersey’s Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson; Buffalo’s Luke Adam; Justin Faulk of Carolina; Columbus’ Ryan Johansen; Craig Smith of the Predators; Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier and Matt Read; Vancouver’s Cody Hodgson; and the Senators’ Colin Greening.