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Expanded All-Star Ballot 2018 - Pacific Division

It’s time to vote on All-Stars for the 2018 All-Star Game. Here’s a larger list of players I, by my arbitrary criteria, deem worthy of considering for votes. And finally, the Pacific Division.

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This list includes, in addition to every non-rookie on the official ballot, high-scoring players not on the ballot, lower-scoring players with nonetheless strong numbers, contributing fan favourites, “legacy” picks who have had great seasons in the recent past, and team captains. Each player is listed with a brief explanation of why they’re on the list. I will also list their prior All-Star appearances where applicable. All information is accurate to December 7.

The Ballot

Anaheim Ducks

Cam Fowler (Defenceman-4)

3G, 5A, 8 PTS, 43.1 ESCF% in 17 GP

Though he’s become somewhat inconsistent offensive from season to season, Fowler is Anaheim’s big minute muncher on the blueline. Last season’s 39 points were the most he’s had since he got 40 as a rookie. He is on pace for 33 points (12G, 21A) in 70 games.

Fowler represented Anaheim in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Andrew Cogliano (Left Winger-7)

3G, 10A, 13 PTS, 48.9 ESCF% in 29 GP

The NHL’s reigning iron man, Cogliano remains an effective two-way presence for the Ducks, excelling offensively in a top-six role on the injury-depleted Ducks. He is on pace for 36 points (8G, 28A) in 82 games.

Cogliano has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Corey Perry (Right Winger-10)

6G, 15A, 21 PTS, 43.6 ESCF% in 29 GP

A perennial 30-goal scorer from 2009 to 2016, Perry saw his scoring numbers drop last season, and he is on pace for only a modest bounceback this season, 59 points (17G, 42A) in 82 games. He remains on this list thanks to the whole recent perennial 30-goal man thing.

Perry represented Anaheim in the 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2016 All-Star Games.

Adam Henrique (Centre-14)

6G, 13A, 19 PTS, 49.0 ESCF% in 28 GP

In 2015/16, Henrique surprisingly scored 30 goals and 50 points. Last season, he scored 10 fewer goals for a point total more in line with his typical output. After scoring three points in his first three games for the Ducks, he’s on pace for 55 points (17G, 38A) in 81 games.

Henrique has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Ryan Getzlaf (Centre-15)

1G, 6A, 7 PTS, 47.5 ESCF% in 6 GP

Even though you can expect Getzlaf to miss a lot of time after receiving surgery to repair his cheek bone, Getzlaf is expected to have missed two months, meaning he may be back just in time for the All-Star Game. He is technically on pace for 69 points (10G, 59A) in 59 GP.

Getzlaf represented Anaheim in the 2008, 2009, and 2015 All-Star Games.

Ryan Kesler (Centre-17)

Yet to play this season.

Kesler finished last season with 21 goals and 53 points. While still not close to his peak, it’s the most points he’s had, as well as his first 50-point season, since he won the Selke Trophy and scored 41 goals and 73 points in 2011. He makes this list despite not being expected back until around Christmas.

Kesler represented Vancouver in the 2011 All-Star Game and the Anaheim Ducks in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Patrick Eaves (Left Winger-18)

1G, 0A, 1 PTS, 30.8 ESCF% in 2 GP

Yes, I am aware Eaves will miss basically the whole season as he deals with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an apparently nasty nervous system disorder. That doesn’t change the fact that he scored 32 goals and 51 points last season. As much of a fluke as that is, nervous disorder or no, it gets him on this list. He is technically on pace for 28 points (28G, 0A) in 55 games.

Eaves has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Ondrej Kase (Right Winger-25)

6G, 4A, 10 PTS, 51.3 ESCF% in 16 GP

Before going down with a concussion, Kase had scored 0.67 points per game. That would be a huge improvement over his previous 0.28 points per game as a rookie last season. He is on pace for 43 points (26G, 17A) in 69 games.

Kase has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Brandon Montour (Defenceman-26)

6G, 9A, 15 PTS, 44.1 ESCF% in 28 GP

Montour was shuttled between the NHL and AHL last season, playing only 27 games and scoring only six points. This season, things are much different, with Montour being the big producer on offence from the back-end, currently on pace for 43 points (17G, 26A) in 81 games.

Montour has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Ryan Miller (Goaltender-30)

3-0-4, 0.945 Save%, 1 SO in 8 GP

It was clear that Miller was done as a starter after last season with the Canucks, but the 37-year-old still managed a 0.914 Save% last season before joining the Ducks. He is on pace for a 8-0-11 record in 23 games.

Miller represented Buffalo in the 2007 All-Star Game.

Jakob Silfverberg (Right Winger-33)

6G, 6A, 12 PTS, 51.2 ESCF% in 25 GP

Last season was pretty impressive for Silfverberg. He scored new career-highs of 23 goals and 49 points in the regular season and notched a healthy 14 points in 17 games last postseason. He is on pace for 38 points (19G, 19A) in 78 games.

Silfverberg has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

John Gibson (Goaltender-36)

8-10-2, 0.921 Save%, 0 SO in 22 GP

After posting a 0.917 Save% last season, Gibson backstopped a Ducks team many were expecting to be worse back to the Western Conference Final. He is on pace for 23-28-6 record in 62 games.

Gibson represented Anaheim in the 2016 All-Star Game.

Josh Manson (Defenceman-42)

3G, 9A, 12 PTS, 48.8 ESCF% in 29 GP

The physical defenceman is coming off a promising rookie season and is on pace for a huge improvement offensively, on pace for 33 points (8G, 25A) in 82 games. If the Ducks are intent on having a guy with truculence in their group of puck-moving defencemen moving forward, Manson, who is breaking out offensively, is the guy they want.

Manson has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Hampus Lindholm (Defenceman-47)

3G, 5A, 8 PTS, 50.9 ESCF% in 19 GP

Lindholm, on pace for 30 points (11G 19A) in 72 games, has taken over as the big-minute guy on the Ducks blueline.

Lindholm has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Rickard Rakell (Left Winger-67)

8G, 11A, 19 PTS, 43.3 ESCF% in 24 GP

Despite a delayed start to last season, Rakell broke out offensively with 33 goals playing left wing on a line with Getzlaf. This season, he’s on pace for 61 points (26G, 35A) in 77 games.

Rakell has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Arizona Coyotes

Niklas Hjalmarsson (Defenceman-4)

0G, 4A, 4 PTS, 44.6 ESCF% in 17 GP

Hjalmarsson’s underlying numbers have been bad this season, the second straight that he’s been posting an even strength below 50%. He’s also quite a ways away from his decent offensive seasons earlier this decade. The strength of his play with Chicago’s dominant Cup years is what lands him here. He is on pace for 16 points (0G, 16A) in 69 games.

Hjalmarsson has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Jakob Chychrun (Defenceman-6)

1G, 0A, 1 PTS, 42.6 ESCF% in 1 GP

Chychrun made his season debut on Sunday, December 3 after having missed the start of the season with a knee injury. The season before, he scored seven goals and 20 points in 68 games as an 18-/19-year-old rookie. Though he is on pace for 53 points (53, 0A) in 53 games, very obviously not the total he will finish the season with, he should still challenge for 25 points.

Chychrun has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Anthony Duclair (Right Winger-10)

6G, 6A, 12 PTS, 48.4 ESCF% in 22 GP

The Coyotes are awful this season, so bear with my picks for this ballot from Arizona. Duclair is so far enjoying a much better season than last season, when he fell from his rookie 44 points to 15 and spent a chunk of the season in the minors. He is on pace this season for 40 points (20G, 20A) in 74 games.

Duclair has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Brendan Perlini (Left Winger-11)

8G, 2A, 10 PTS, 46.7 ESCF% in 24 GP

No massive improvement from last season for Perlini. However, he was a very pleasant surprise for the Coyotes last season. He entered the season having been surpassed in the organization by a number of prospects and was on the way to being considered a bust, and then an injury callup led to him scoring 14 goals and 21 points in 57 games. He is on pace this season for 31 points (25G, 6A) in 76 games.

Perlini has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Max Domi (Left Winger-16)

2G, 15A, 17 PTS, 49.1 ESCF% in 30 GP

Domi’s 38 points last season looks like a sophomore slump compared to his 52 points the year before, but it’s the same points per game. He is actually slumping this season, but it’s just bad shooting percentage. He is on pace for 46 points (5G, 41A) in 82 games.

Domi has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Christian Dvorak (Centre-18)

3G, 12A, 15 PTS, 46.5 ESCF% in 30 GP

The sophomore Dvorak is scoring almost as many points as Domi is. He is top five in team scoring. He is on pace for 41 points (8G, 33A) in 82 games.

Dvorak has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Derek Stepan (Centre-21)

5G, 13A, 18 PTS, 50.3 ESCF% in 30 GP

Stepan struggled in the early part of this season for Arizona, his first for he Coyotes. Despite that, Stepan, in every non-lockout season from 2011/12 to 2016/17, Stepan topped the 50-point mark for the Rangers. He is currently leading all non-rookie Coyotes in scoring, and is on pace for 50 points (14G, 36A) in 82 games.

Stepan has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Defenceman-23)

6G, 12A, 18 PTS, 51.5 ESCF% in 30 GP

While his 39 points were a slump for the future captain, it’s pretty good in a vacuum and he scored 55 points the year prior. This season, he’s bouncing back and is on pace for 49 points (16G, 33A) in 82 games.

Ekman-Larsson represented Arizona in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Antti Raanta (Goaltender-32)

4-5-2, 0.914 Save%, 0 SO in 13 GP

Raanta, acquired after being a backup with the Rangers, has posted decent rate stats despite failing to rack up wins playing for a dismal Coyotes team. He is on pace for an 11-14-5 record in 36 games.

Raanta has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Alex Goligoski (Defenceman-33)

3G, 10A, 13 PTS, 46.1 ESCF% in 30 GP

A solid secondary offensive defenceman, Goligoski is on pace for 35 points (8G, 27A) in 82 games, his seventh straight non-lockout season over 30 points.

Goligoski has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Jason Demers (Defenceman-55)

3G, 8A, 11 PTS, 51.0 ESCF% in 30 GP

It was a one-sided trade getting Demers, a solid puck-mover, occasional point producer, and fancy-stats darling, for Jamie McGinn, who is none of those things. After scoring 28 points for Florida last season, Demers is actually on pace for 30 points (8G, 22A) in 82 games, on of his better offensive seasons.

Demers has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Calgary Flames

Mark Giordano (Defenceman-5)

4G, 6A, 10 PTS, 56.7 ESCF% in 28 GP

Giordano has declined offensively the past few years. However, still fresh in the collective mind is his 56 points in 2014/15 and the 65-point pace he posted the year before. He is on pace for 30 points (12G, 18A) in 82 games.

Giordano represented Calgary in the 2015 and 2016 All-Star Games.

TJ Brodie (Defenceman-7)

2G, 14A, 16 PTS, 49.9 ESCF% in 28 GP

While Giordano has trended down, Brodie, another do-it-all defenceman, has trended up. He is coming off a 36-point dip in his production after two straight improvements, but is on pace for 47 points (6G, 41A) in 82 games.

Brodie has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Kris Versteeg (Right Wing-10)

3G, 5A, 8 PTS, 45.7 ESCF% in 22 GP

Though not a huge point producer, Versteeg has been consistent. He scored 54 points for Florida in 2011/12, and finished his last three seasons with 34, 38, and 37 points. He is on pace for 27 points (10G, 17A) in 76 games.

Versteeg has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Mikael Backlund (Centre-11)

7G, 11A, 18 PTS, 57.5 ESCF% in 28 GP

Backlund has been the responsible shut-down centre for Calgary for the better part of this decade. In recent years, however, he’s also seen improvement on the offensive side. He scored career-highs of 21 goals, 26 assists, and 47 points in 2015/16, and then improved to 22, 31, and 53 last season. He is on pace for 53 points (21G, 32A) in 82 games.

Backlund has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Johnny Gaudreau (Left Wing-13)

12G, 24A, 36 PTS, 54.8 ESCF% in 28 GP

Gaudreau had a down year last season, but has been a strong offensive performer. His so-called down year was still 19 goals and 61 points. The year before, he scored 30 goals and 78 points. He is on pace for 105 points (35G, 70A) in 82 games.

Gaudreau represented Calgary in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 All-Star Games.

Matthew Tkachuk (Left Wing-19)

4G, 13A, 17 PTS, 58.9 ESCF% in 27 GP

Tkachuk was among the top-scoring rookies last season with 48 points and is improving in both goals and points. He is on pace for 51 points (12G, 39A) in 81 games.

Tkachuk has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Sean Monahan (Centre-23)

15G, 13A, 28 PTS, 55.4 ESCF% in 28 GP

Last season may have been Monahan’s worst since his rookie year, but he still had a respectable 27 goals and 58 points on a team full of offensive underachievement. He scored 63 points the year before, and the year before that had 31 goals. This season, he is on pace for 82 points (44G, 38A) in 82 games.

Monahan has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Travis Hamonic (Defenceman-24)

1G, 2A, 3 PTS, 49.6 ESCF% in 25 GP

This season and last have been bad for Hamonic. However, he scored 33 points back in 2014/15, and from 2013/14 to 2015/16, posted Corsi percentages of 50.04, 50.8, and 50.69. He is on pace for 9 PTS (3G, 6A) in 79 games.

Hamonic has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Dougie Hamilton (Defenceman-27)

3G, 10A, 13 PTS, 56.9 ESCF% in 28 GP

Though he’s had a slow start to the year offensively, Hamilton has trended up in years past. In his two full seasons with Boston, he went from 25 to 42 points. He improved to 43 after his move to Calgary. Last season, Hamilton scored career-highs of 13 goals, 37 assists, and 50 points. He is on pace for 38 points (9G, 29A) in 82 games.

Hamilton has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Mike Smith (Goaltender-41)

12-9-2, 0.918 Save%, 2 SO in 25 GP

Last season, the now-35-year-old’s last with Arizona, saw Smith post a 19-26-9 record and a 0.914 Save% in 55 games. He’s posting competitive numbers despite his age. He is on pace for a 35-26-6 record in 73 games.

Smith represented Arizona in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Michael Frolik (Right Wing-67)

5G, 6A, 11 PTS, 56.7 ESCF% in 28 GP

Last season, Frolik scored 44 points. It was the most he’s had since his rookie season in 2008/09. He also improved to 17 goals from 15. He is on pace this season for 33 points (15G, 18A) in 82 games.

Frolik has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Jaromir Jagr (Right Wing-68)

1G, 6A, 7 PTS, 54.0 ESCF% in 17 GP

He may have been slow to get to game speed thanks to how Calgary dragged its feet to sign Jagr (seriously, WTF Calgary?), but he’s Jaromir Jagr. The ageless wonder is scoring at a pace for 29 points (4G, 25A) in 71 games.

Jagr represented Pittsburgh in the 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000 All-Star Games, Washington in the 2002 and 2003 All-Star Games, the Rangers in the 2004 All-Star Game, and Florida in the 2016 All-Star Game.

Micheal Ferland (Left Wing-79)

11G, 4A, 15 PTS, 53.4 ESCF% in 27 GP

After scoring only 15 goals and 25 points last season, the physical bottom-sixer is on pace for a significant improvement offensively and is posting strong Corsi numbers. He is on pace for 45 points (33G, 12A) in 81 games.

Ferland has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Edmonton Oilers

Andrej Sekera (Defenceman-2)

Yet to play this season

Sekera underwent surgery to repair his ACL back in May and could be back any time between now and February. His last two seasons, while not at the level of his 44 points in 2013/14 for Carolina, have been better than 2014/15. He went from 23 points to 30 to 35.

Sekera has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Adam Larsson (Defenceman-6)

3G, 1A, 4 PTS, 52.9 ESCF% in 25 GP

Larsson’s first season as an Oilers was okay, considering the one-to-one trade for Taylor Hall was cartoonishly one-sided in the Devils’ favour. He scored 19 points in 79 games, a 20-point pace, and posted a 0.09 Corsi%Rel. This season, his offensive numbers are down, but his Corsi numbers are way up. He is on pace for 12 points (9G, 3A) in 79 games.

Larsson has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Michael Cammalleri (Left Wing-14)

3G, 8A, 11 PTS, 45.9 ESCF% in 24 GP

Last season saw Cammalleri start to decline. It was only a matter of time for the injury-prone now-35-year-old. Compare 2015/16, when he scored 38 points in 42 games, to 2016/17, when he scored 31 points in 61 games. He is on pace for 36 points (10G, 26A) in 78 games.

Cammalleri has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Ryan Strome (Right Wing-18)

4G, 7A, 11 PTS, 53.6 ESCF% in 28 GP

Strome was acquired this past summer to be Connor McDavid’s new centre. Unfortunately that hasn’t panned out as planned. Back in 2014/15, he scored 50 points in 81 games. He is on pace for 33 points (12G, 21A) in 82 games.

Strome has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Patrick Maroon (Left Wing-19)

8G, 8A, 16 PTS, 56.6 ESCF% in 28 GP

Maroon wound up clicking last season with linemate Connor McDavid and scored career-highs of 27 goals and 42 points. This season he’s on pace for a much higher career-high in points, 46 points (23G, 23A) in 82 games.

Maroon has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Darnell Nurse (Defenceman-25)

2G, 8A, 10 PTS, 56.9 ESCF% in 28 GP

Edmonton’s physical 2013 first-round pick has developed into a pretty good shut-down defenceman. He has previously shown next to no game offensively, scoring only 11 points in 44 games last season, but has improved in points per game so far this season, and he’s posting very strong Corsi numbers. He is on pace for 29 points (6G, 23A) in 82 games.

Nurse has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Milan Lucic (Left Wing-27)

5G, 14A, 19 PTS, 51.0 ESCF% in 28 GP

Last season saw Lucic, in his first season with the Oilers, score 50 points. A bit of a disappointment considering he was the slated Taylor Hall replacement, but not horrible. This season is a bit of an improvement over last. He is on pace for 56 points (15G, 41A) in 82 games.

Lucic has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Leon Draisaitl (Centre-29)

8G, 12A, 20 PTS, 57.2 ESCF% in 24 GP

Draisaitl, a natural centre, frequently found himself on a line with Connor McDavid. While his 77 points were far short of what McDavid, his 29 goals were only one short of McDavid’s. He is having a bit of a down year, and is on pace for 65 points (26G, 39A) in 78 games.

Draisaitl has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Cam Talbot (Goaltender-33)

10-10-1, 0.903 Save%, 1 SO in 22 GP

Talbot has been a start goaltender since joining the Oilers. He’s posted a 0.917 Save% in 56 games in 2016 and a 0.919 Save% in 73 games in 2017, leading all NHL goaltenders in games played the latter year. He is on pace for a 29-29-3 record in 64 games.

Talbot has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Oscar Klefbom (Defenceman-77)

2G, 5A, 7 PTS, 53.8 ESCF% in 27 GP

Klefbom, Edmonton’s de facto no.1 defenceman is seeing a huge improvement in his Corsi% from last season’s 50.37, and while he’s cold offensively, he finished last season with 38 points. He is on pace for 21 points (6G, 15A) in 81 games.

Klefbom has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Centre-93)

11G, 9A, 20 PTS, 52.3 ESCF% in 28 GP

It would be a lie to say Nugent-Hopkins, yet to score 30 goals or 60 points, isn’t a bit of a disappointment at first overall. However, he’s been a steady contributor for the Oilers, finishing the 2014/15 season with 24 goals and 54 points. He hasn’t gotten 30 goals or 60 points, but that looks to change if he keeps his current pace all season, as he is on pace for 58 points (32G, 26A) in 82 games.

Nugent-Hopkins represented Edmonton in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Connor McDavid (Centre-97)

11G, 22A, 33 PTS, 55.7 ESCF% in 28 GP

In 2015/16, McDavid, the first overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, scored 48 points in 45 games, missing the Calder Trophy only because he missed such a large chunk of the season. In 2016/17, he scored 30 goals and won the Art Ross with 100 points. He is on pace for 96 points (32G, 64A) in 82 games.

McDavid represented Edmonton in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Los Angeles Kings

Jake Muzzin (Defenceman-6)

3G, 15A, 18 PTS, 50.8 ESCF% in 82 GP

Last season was a down year for Muzzin, who scored 28 points. Even so, it’s solid for Muzzin, who spent much of his junior career and his early pro career as a low-scorer projecting as a low-scoring puck-mover. Prior to last season, Muzzin scored 41 and 40 points. This season, he’s rebounding and is another beneficiary of Los Angeles’ new head coach, currently on pace for 50 points (8G, 42A) in 82 games.

Muzzin has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Drew Doughty (Defenceman-8)

4G, 18A, 22 PTS, 52.8 ESCF% in 29 GP

Doughty’s 2016 Norris Trophy can easily be seen as evidence that he was the latest person to get it because “he was due,” but he did deserve that kind of recogntion. He has been a very good defender and finished that season with 51 points, the most since he scored 59 in 2009/10. With Los Angeles re-imagined as an offensive team this season, Doughty is on pace to eclipse his Norris-winning total, specifically 62 points (11G, 51A) in 82 games.

Doughty represented Los Angeles in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 All-Star Games.

Anze Kopitar (Centre-11)

15G, 19A, 34 PTS, 52.3 ESCF% in 82 GP

As Kopitar peaked, his Kings had a reputation under head coach Darryl Sutter as a low-scoring team. The system worked of course, nabbing the Kings two Stanley Cups, but it was notorious for draining the Kings’ players of their point production. Which makes it all the more impressive that he managed at least 70 points in three of the Kings’ seasons under Sutter, the other three being the lockout year, a 64-point season, and last season’s 52 points. Under new coach John Stevens, the Kings’ offence has emerged, and Kopitar has been the biggest example of that, currently sitting eighth in scoring and on pace for 96 points (42G, 54A) in 82 games.

Kopitar represented Los Angeles in the 2008, 2011, and 2015 All-Star Games.

Marian Gaborik (Right Wing-12)

4G, 2A, 6 PTS, 50.0 ESCF% in 7 GP

Gaborik didn’t make his season debut until Novemebr 24 because of injuries, and was limited to 54 games last season... also because of injuries. Though he scored a weak 12 goals and 22 points, the year prior saw him score 27 goals and 47 points, a 69 games, a 32-goal and 56 point pace. If he can recover during this season, I’m betting the new, more offensively-minded, coaching will lead to a resurgence, even if a minor one, for the seven-time 30-goal/three-time 40-goal man. With Gaborik on pace for 51 points (34G, 17A) in 60 games, things are looking good.

Gaborik represented Minnesota in the 2003 and 2008 All-Star Games and the Rangers in the 2012 All-Star Game.

Dustin Brown (Right Wing-23)

11G, 13A, 24 PTS, 53.4 ESCF% in 29 GP

Don’t look now, but Brown is actually having a great season. With a career-high of 60 points and having not scored 30 or more goals since 2007/08, Brown is on pace for 68 points (31G, 37A) in 82 games. Brown is the player I have in mind when I talk about Gaborik benefiting from the new coaching should he return.

Brown represented Los Angeles in the 2009 All-Star Game.

Alec Martinez (Defenceman-27)

2G, 5A, 7 PTS, 46.3 ESCF% in 26 GPMartinez is not benefitting from the new offensive scheme in Los Angeles, but he improved offensively in each of his previous seasons. He scored 22 points in 61 games, a 30-point pace, and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2014. He scored 22 points in 56 games, a 32-point pace, in 2015. He scored 31 points in 78 games, a 33-point pace, in 2016. He scored 39 points and was on the official All-Star ballot last season. He is on pace for 21 points (6G, 15A) in 79 games.

Martinez has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Jonathan Quick (Goaltender-32)

14-8-1, 0.929 Save%, 2 SO in 23 GP

Quick’s play isn’t quite at the level of other goaltenders considered elite, which results in more fluctuation in his numbers from season to season. Last season, which saw Quick injured in the first game of the season, saw him post a 0.917 Save% in 17 games. In each of the two seasons before, he posted a 0.918 Save%. This season, he’s on pace tie his career-best save percentage and a 40-23-3 record in 65 games.

Quick represented Los Angeles in the 2012 and 2016 All-Star Games.

Jussi Jokinen (Left Wing-63)

1G, 3A, 4 PTS, 54.3 ESCF% in 25 GP

Jokinen is on a decline, but he’s had some good seasons in the past. In 2015/16, he scored 60 points, and in 2013/14 he scored 57 points. Slightly younger than Michael Cammalleri, who was traded to Edmonton to get Jokinen, and with better underlying numbers than Cammalleri, Jokinen should benefit from the Kings’ offensive resurgence this season. It hasn’t happened yet, with Jokinen on pace for 12 points (3G, 9A) in 78 games.

Jokinen has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Tanner Pearson (Left Wing-70)

4G, 12A, 16 PTS, 54.6 ESCF% in 29 GP

Pearson began his career as the third wheel on That ‘70s Line to begin his career. While that line has since been disbanded, his production increased. He scored 36 points in 2015/16 and 44 points last season. There isn’t a marked improvement this season like some Kings, with Pearson only on pace for 45 points (11G, 34A) in 82 games, but it’s not less than last season either.

Pearson has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Tyler Toffoli (Right Wing-73)

13G, 6A, 19 PTS, 51.8 ESCF% in 29 GP

Toffoli’s last two seasons have been very different from each other. Last season saw him score 16 goals and 34 points, a major step back even if you take into account the fact that he was limited to 63 games. The season before, on the other hand, saw him score 31 goals and 58 points. He’s on pace for 54 points (37G, 17A) in 82 games, roughly as much as he scored in 2016, another benefit of Los Angeles’ reinvention as an offensive team.

Toffoli has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Jeff Carter (Centre-77)

0G, 3A, 3 PTS, 51.9 ESCF% in 6 GP

Carter, ironically, has not benefited from the Kings’ offensive emergence under new head coach John Stevens. He scored three assists in six games before going down with an ankle injury. Carter has gotten even better in each of his seasons with the Kings. The culmination was last season, which saw Carter score 32 goals, his most in a single season for Los Angeles, and 66 points, which he scored in his last season with Philadelphia. This season is techincally on pace for 30 points (0G, 30A) in 59 games.

Carter represented Philadelphia in the 2009 All-Star Game and Los Angeles in the 2017 All-Star Game.

San Jose Sharks

Paul Martin (Defenceman-7)

0G, 0A, 0 PTS, 51.9 ESCF% in 2 GP

Martin was pointless in two games before going down with an ankle injury. In six of the last seven seasons, an injury-shortened 2013/14 season being the exception, Martin has finished with at least 20 points. His 26 last season were his most since 2012, when he scored 27. He had 32 points in 2008 and 33 in 2009. He is on pace for zero points (0G, 0A) in 58 games.

Martin has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Joe Pavelski (Centre-8)

5G, 8A, 13 PTS, 55.2 ESCF% in 26 GP

In the mid-2010s, Pavelski went from being Little Joe to Captain America. In the past four seasons, he went from 41 goals and 79 points, 37 and 70, 38 and 78, and a slight dip last season with 28 and 68. Unfortunately, this season, he’s off to a weak start and is only on pace 41 points (16G, 25A) in 82 games. It would be the first time since the lockout-shortened 2012/13 season.

Pavelski represented San Jose in the 2016 and 2017 All-Star Games.

Joe Thornton (Centre-19)

4G, 12A, 16 PTS, 56.4 ESCF% in 26 GP

Thornton is declining offensively, not surprising given he turned 38 this past summer. Still, he finished last season with a respectable 50 points and the year before had 82 points. He is on pace for 51 points (13G, 38A) in 82 games.

Thornton represented Boston in the 2002, 2003, and 2004 All-Star Games and San Jose in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 All-Star Games.

Joonas Donskoi (Left Wing-27)

7G, 5A, 12 PTS, 58.5 ESCF% in 23 GP

Donskoi finished with a respectable 36 points in 76 games as a rookie in 2015/16. He fell to 17 points in 61 games the following year. He’s back up and on pace for 41 points (24G, 17A) in 79 games.

Donskoi has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Martin Jones (Goaltender-31)

10-7-1, 0.923 Save%, 2 SO in 19 GP

Jones posted a 0.912 Save% last season. The year before, he posted a 0.918 Save% and backstopped the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final. This season, he’s posting better numbers than either of those seasons, on pace for a 32-22-3 record in 60 games.

Jones represented San Jose in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Logan Couture (Centre-39)

13G, 8A, 21 PTS, 51.4 ESCF% in 26 GP

Couture scored 31 goals and 65 points back in 2011/12, but has surprisingly only scored 60 points once since then, back in 2014/15 with 67. This season, he is on pace for the most points since his 67-point career-high, 66 points (41G, 25A) in 82 games. He is one of the only Sharks skaters not having a down year offensively.

Couture represented San Jose in the 2012 All-Star Game.

Marc-Edoaurd Vlasic (Defenceman-44)

2G, 6A, 8 PTS, 47.8 ESCF% in 25 GP

Vlasic hasn’t been doing very well these last couple seasons. He finished last season with 28 points, and an uncharacteristically weak Corsi% has carried over to even worse numbers this season. Back in 2015/16, he scored a career-high 39 points and posted a 52.63 ESCorsi%. He is on pace for 25 points (6G, 19A) in 81 games.

Vlasic has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Tomas Hertl (Left Wing-48)

5G, 9A, 14 PTS, 52.4 ESCF% in 26 GP

Hertl missed just under half of last season. The year before, he scored 21 goals and 46 points and is having a comparable season this year. He still hasn’t recaptured the glory of early in his rookie season, when he scored 15 goals and 25 points in 37 games, a 33-goal 56-point pace, and had four goals in a single game. He is on pace for 44 points (16G, 28A) in 82 games.

Hertl has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Justin Braun (Defenceman-61)

1G, 10A, 11 PTS, 45.9 ESCF% in 26 GP

Braun has averaged at least 20 minutes per game every season since 2013/14. This season, he’s seen some offensive luck, and is on pace for 35 points (3G, 32A) in 82 games.

Braun has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Tim Heed (Defenceman-72)

3G, 5A, 8 PTS, 57.3 ESCF% in 18 GP

Heed made his NHL debut last season. At 26 years old, he is too old to be considered a rookie, which is why he isn’t listed with the rookies below. He is on pace for 33 points (12G, 21A) in 74 games.

Heed has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Brent Burns (Defenceman-88)

1G, 11A, 12 PTS, 55.9 ESCF% in 26 GP

Burns is on pace forhis worst season since 2012, 38 points (3G, 35A) in 82 games. Only fives times has he not had at least 30 points in a season, and only twice has that happened in a season that wasn’t shortened by a lockout and that Burns didn’t miss a large chunk of with injury, those being his first two seasons. For someone who, in his last three seasons, has gone from 17 goals and 60 points to 27 goals and 75 points to 29 goals and 76 points, this season is a huge disappointment. He’s on this list based on those past three seasons.

Burns represented Minnesota in the 2011 All-Star Game and San Jose in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 All-Star Games.

Mikkel Boedker (Left Wing-89)

3G, 4A, 7 PTS, 51.5 ESCF% in 24 GP

Since joining the Sharks, Boedker has made little impact. He’s on the list based on past seasons. He scored a career-high 19 goals and 51 points for Phoenix in 2013/14, and matched those 51 points in 2015/16 in 80 games between Arizona and Colorado. He was a regular on this list when he was with the Coyotes, who had a lack of good scoring forwards during his tenure. He is on pace for 23 points (10G, 13A) in 80 games.

Boedker has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Vancouver Canucks

Christopher Tanev (Defenceman-8)

2G, 4A, 6 PTS, 49.3 ESCF% in 21 GP

A very bad Canucks team and injuries have masked what have been some decent individual seasons for Tanev. He’s had a positive Corsi%Rel in each of the last two seasons despite poor individual Corsi percentages. In 2015/16, Tanev scored 18 points in 69 games, a 21-point pace. This season, he’s having a rebound in terms of Corsi% and is on pace for 21 points (7G, 14A) in 75 games.

Tanev has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Brandon Sutter (Centre-20)

2G, 4A, 6 PTS, 41.7 ESCF% in 23 GP

Last season saw Sutter score 34 points. It was the most points he’d scored in a season since he scored 40 for Carolina in 2009/10. He’d previously scored 21 goals and 33 points for Pittsburgh in 2014/15. So far, he’s just on pace for 20 points (7G, 13A) in 77 games. He was on pace for a 20-goal 20-assist season when I put him on last year’s edition of this list, so he’s on this edition.

Sutter has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Loui Eriksson (Right Wing-21)

5G, 6A, 11 PTS, 47.7 ESCF% in 16 GP

After having scored 30 goals and 63 points for Boston in 2015/16, last season’s 11 goals and 24 points in 65 games were profoundly disappointing. He’s not back to where he was in that contract year, but he is rebounding and is on pace for 48 points (22G, 26A) in 70 games.

Eriksson represented Dallas in the 2011 All-Star Game.

Daniel Sedin (Left Wing-22)

6G, 10A, 16 PTS, 56.8 ESCF% in 28 GP

Sedin is nearing the end of his career. Though it can be partially attributed to a steep decline in his playing time, Sedin is on pace for 47 points (18G, 29A) in 82 games, one of the lowest-scoring seasons of his career (including the lockout year) since his first three seasons in the NHL, all the way back in 2000/01, 2001/02, and 2002/03.

Sedin represented Vancouver in the 2011, 2012, and 2016 All-Star Games.

Alexander Edler (Defenceman-23)

1G, 5A, 6 PTS, 47.7 ESCF% in 16 GP

The 2015/16 season was the last season in which Edler either scored 30 points or more, or scored at a pace for 30 or more. He had 20 points in 52 games, a 31-point pace. Last season, he scored 21 points in 68 games, a 21-point pace, and this season he’s on pace for 26 points (4G, 22A) in 70 games.

Edler represented Vancouver in the 2012 All-Star Game.

Jacob Markstrom (Goaltender-25)

8-8-3, 0.917 Save%, 1 SO in 20 GP

Markstrom wound up being a solid pickup for the Canucks. He made it to the NHL full time as a backup in 2015/16 and posted a 0.915 Save% in 33 games, and posted a 0.910 Save% in 26 games last season. This season, he’s on pace for a 23-23-9 record in 59 games as the Canucks’ starter.

Markstrom has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Thomas Vanek (Left Wing-26)

7G, 11A, 18 PTS, 45.5 ESCF% in 28 GP

In 48 games for the Red Wings last season, Vanek scored 38 points, a 65-point pace. In 20 games with Florida, he scored 10 points, a 41-point pace. In total, he scored 48 points in 68 games, a 58-point pace. It was a decent rebound from a 41-point season that got him bought out by Minnesota. This season, he’s on pace for 53 points (21, 32A) in 82 games.

Vanek represented Buffalo in the 2009 All-Star Game.

Henrik Sedin (Centre-33)

2G, 15A, 17 PTS, 55.7 ESCF% in 28 GP

Like his brother Daniel, Henrik Sedin is seeing a sharp drop in his point production, partly due directly to his age, partly due to a sharp drop in his playing time. Henrik scored more than Daniel did last season, and is on pace for a little more than Daniel is this season, 50 points (6G, 44A) in 82 games.

Sedin represented Vancouver in the 2008, 2011, and 2012 All-Star Games.

Sven Baertschi (Left Wing-47)

8G, 9A, 17 PTS, 46.4 ESCF% in 28 GP

Since joining the Canucks, Baertschi has turned into a capable NHLer, but this season he’s realizing the potential that got him drafted in the first draft of the 2011 NHL Draft. He’s on pace for 49 points (23G, 26A) in 82 games.

Baertschi has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Troy Stecher (Defenceman-51)

0G, 1A, 1 PTS, 49.7 ESCF% in 14 GP

As an undrafted free agent signing last summer, Stecher made the most of an early-season callup. He scored 24 points in 71 games, a 28-point pace. Stecher was slumping offensively when he went down with a leg injury eight games into the season. He hasn’t recovered and is on pace for five points (0G, 5A) in 68 games.

Stecher has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Bo Horvat (Centre-53)

10G, 10A, 20 PTS, 49.4 ESCF% in 28 GP

Horvat scored 25 points in 68 games, a 30-point pace, in 2014/15 as rookie. In 2015/16, he scored 40 points. Last season, he scored 52 points, just short of the team lead. While the Sedins, who also topped 50 points last season, are trending down due to age and a decline in playing time, Horvat has seen his playing time increase and he is now on pace for 58 points (29G, 29A) in 82 games.

Horvat represented Vancouver in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Sam Gagner (Centre-89)

3G, 8A, 11 PTS, 46.5 ESCF% in 28 GP

After being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers following the 2015/16 season, Gagner scored a career-high 50 points in 81 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gagner is on pace for 32 points (9G, 23A) in 82 games this season, but is on the list based on last season.

Gagner has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Vegas Golden Knights

Brayden McNabb (Defenceman-3)

1G, 3A, 4 PTS, 50.3 ESCF% in 24 GP

McNabb isn’t scoring at the level he did three seasons ago, or even two seasons ago. merely on pace for 13 points (3G, 10A) in 79 games. What he’s brought his teams even without point production is solid defensive play. Last season, he posted a 60.28 ESCorsi% and is posting strong Corsi numbers compared to the rest of the team.

McNabb has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Deryk Engelland (Defenceman-5)

2G, 8A, 10 PTS, 49.4 ESCF% in 81 GP

It’s bizarre, eh? Engelland, who didn’t even debut at the NHL level until he was 27 and carved out his career with physicality and shot blocking while doing next to no scoring, is third among Vegas defencemen in scoring. He’s posting decent Corsi numbers and is on pace for 31 points (6G, 25A) in 81 games.

Engelland has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Colin Miller (Defenceman-6)

4G, 10A, 14 PTS, 55.4 ESCF% in 27 GP

Miller performed solidly as a rookie, scoring 16 points in 42 games, a 31-point pace. The following season he scored 13 points in 61 games, a 17-point pace. This season, his first with Vegas, sees him tied for first among team defencemen in scoring and on pace for 42 points (12G, 30A) in 82 games.

Miller has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

James Neal (Right Wing-18)

13G, 8A, 21 PTS, 50.8 ESCF% in 27 GP

Last season, though Neal’s offensive production was down, he scored 41 points in 70 games, a 48-point pace, and helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final. The season before, he scored 31 goals and 58 points. In 2013/14, his last season with Pittsburgh, he scored 27 goals and 61 points in 59 games, a 38-goal and 84-point pace. In 2011/12, he scored 40 goals and 81 points. It’s clear he’s done well in seasons ending in an even-numbered year. This year projects no differently, with Neal on pace for 63 points (39G, 24A) in 82 games.

Neal represented Pittsburgh in the 2012 All-Star Game and Nashville in the 2016 All-Star Game.

Reilly Smith (Right Wing-19)

7G, 14A, 21 PTS, 54.6 ESCF% in 27 GP

It seems like a routine for Smith. He scores 50 points in a season, then he doesn’t and gets traded. It happened in Boston, with Smith scoring 51 points in 2014, and then scoring 40 points in 2015 and getting traded to Florida. He scored 50 points for Florida in 2016, and then he scored 37 points in 2017, leading to his trade to Vegas. The pattern is holding this season, with Smith on pace for 64 points (21G, 43A) in 82 games.

Smith has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Marc-Andre Fleury (Goaltender-29)

3-1-0, 0.925 Save%, 0 SO in 4 GP

The Golden Knights have had one of the more absurd goalie stories in NHL history. Injuries have resulted in five different goaltenders playing this season for Vegas, even though it’s barely over a quarter of the way through the season. Fleury, who had won three of four games and posted a 0.925 Save% before going down with a concussion, and had previously backstopped Pittsburgh to the 2017 Stanley Cup, is the goalie that gets on this list. There isn’t any goalie on Vegas who’s posted star numbers in a starter’s schedule. He is technically on pace for a 9-3-0 record in 12 games.

Fleury represented Pittsburgh in the 2011 and 2015 All-Star Games.

Erik Haula (Centre-56)

9G, 8A, 17 PTS, 50.0 ESCF% in 23 GP

Haula has turned into a surprisingly solid forward lately. Last season, though his offensive production dipped, Haula only scoring 26 points, he posted a 51.56 ESCorsi%. This season, he’s somehow wound up as a top-six forward, and is on pace for 58 points (31G, 27A) in 78 games.

Haula has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

David Perron (Left Wing-57)

6G, 13A, 19 PTS, 46.5 ESCF% in 21 GP

This season, Perron, one of the bigger names among the expansion draft selections, is on pace 69 points (22G, 47A) in 76 games. If he keeps it up, it would be his first career 60-point season. The last time he was anywhere close was 2013/14, when he scored 28 goals and 57 points in 78 games, a 30-goal and 60-point pace, for Edmonton.

Perron has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

William Karlsson (Centre-71)

14G, 11A, 25 PTS, 54.5 ESCF% in 27 GP

Last season, Karlsson, a defensive-oriented centre for the Columbus Blue Jackets and only a second-year NHLer, scored a career-high 25 points. As it turns out, Karlsson can rack up some points when allowed to cut loose. He’s on pace for 76 points (43G, 33A) in 82 games.

Karlsson has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Jonathan Marchessault (Left Wing-81)

10G, 15A, 25 PTS, 56.4 ESCF% in 24 GP

It’s surprising that the Panthers let go of Marchessault in the expansion draft. Sure his previous season had him scoring 18 points in 45 games as a rookie, suggesting his great season last year was a fluke, but you’d think a team would do a little more to hold on to someone who scored 30 goals and 51 points, even if they believed it was a fluke. The fact that he’s on pace for 82 points (33G, 49A) in 79 games, with an expansion team suggests it’s not a fluke.

Marchessault has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

Nate Schmidt (Defenceman-88)

1G, 11A, 12 PTS, 49.3 ESCF% in 27 GP

In his second season spent entirely at the NHL level, Schmidt scored 17 points in 60 games, a 23-point pace. It was seen as a major loss when Schmidt was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft. Driving the point home is the fact that he is on pace for 36 points (3G, 33A) in 82 games, this season.

Schmidt has never appeared in an All-Star Game.

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