Mark Scheifele is finally getting his due as one of the NHL’s top centres and will be joining Blake Wheeler at the All Star Game in San Jose on January 26. They will be representing the Central Division in the three on three tournament format.
It’s really hard to find a fault in this team. PK Subban, whose personality is made for this event, has been injured for a large chunk of the season and has only played in 22 games. You could argue Patrik Laine would add more zest into the event than Blake Wheeler, but with Alex Ovechkin not going any dreams of the two going head to head in the skills competition would go unfounded anyways.
Wheeler and Scheifele are both deserving of their spots. Even with Wheeler’s early season five on five struggles, he was producing on the power play. His passing is also an asset for his team in the skills competition when they need someone to pass to players for multiple skills.
Scheifele has been slowly climbing the ranks as one of the top centres in the league for a couple seasons now and it is nice for the league to recognize his skills.
The All Star three on three tournament will go Sunday afternoon with Saturday night spent on the Skills Competition. Sadly, there is no longer a draft and all the shenanigans that came from it.