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Rosters for the 2023 All-Star Game are discussed by NHL.com

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The final 12 players, three per division, selected by the 2023 NHL All-Star fan vote by Guaranteed Average, It was revealed on ThursdayRounded up a list of 11 men from each department.

There will be some serious headliners at the FLA LIVE Arena in Sunrise, Florida. on February 4 (3 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS). The All-Star Skills, presented by sports website DraftKings, will take place February 3 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS).

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Players love the front Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals, Metropolitan Division), forward David Pasternak (Boston Bruins, Atlantic), center Nathan McKinnon (Colorado Avalanche, Central) and Center Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers, Pacific) They will face off in a 3-on-3 format.

But which division has the best team and will win the entire title? We asked four NHL.com editors to discuss this question:

Pete Jensen, Managing Editor of Fantasy:

The Atlantic Division has it all, led by the pedigree of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have reached the Stanley Cup Finals each of the past three seasons (two championships) with a forward Nikita Kucherov and goalkeeper Andrey Vasilevsky. And the craziest thing is that Vasilevsky might not even be a regular player on his team in the Bruins’ goaltending manner. Linus Ullmark He was almost unbeatable this season. The Atlantic also has family ties (and a combination of scoring and fitness) to the Tkachuk brothers (Ottawa Senators forward Brady and Florida Panthers forward Matthew). Toronto Maple Leafs Duo Center Austin Mathews forward Michael Marner They’ve played on separate lines even in their strengths for most of this season, but they’ve proven their ability to play power and since they skated together last season, Matthews won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL with 60 goals). And what’s cool is that there are two of the five Hart Trophy nominees for Most Valuable Player in Pastrnak and Quarterback Thompson crown (buffalo sword).

William Douglas, Personal Editor:

Pitt is right about the Atlantic line, but I like the midsection with its balance of rising stars and veterans. They have exciting young firepower with attackers Kirill Kaprizov (Wild Minnesota), Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars) and Clayton Keeler (Arizona wolf) to continue progressing Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) and defenseman Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets). Central also has its share of Stanley Cup winners with Avalanche forward McKinnon Mikko Rantanen And Cal Makar, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last season as the MVP of the Stanley Cup and Norris Trophy playoffs, has been voted the best defensive player in the NHL. Guardians are hard to beat Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators) and Conor Helbwick (Planes).

David Satriano, faculty writer:

Pete and Bill both make good points, but for me, it’s DC. In the six seasons since the All-Star Game has been played in a 3-on-3 format, the Metros have been crowned champions three times, including last season. I expect their run to continue in 2023. Led by two of the best players in NHL history at center Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Ovechkin, Metro also has two rising stars at quarterback Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils) and forward Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes). There is also a Norris Cup-winning defender Adam Fox Last season’s Vezina Cup winner was named the best goalkeeper in the league, in Igor Shesterkin, all of the New York Rangers. The Shesterkin Tandem Ilya Sorokin (New York Residents) better than any other team, and we know how important the goalkeeper is with all the goals expected during the tournament.

Invoice price, editor:

Imagine you have the fourth pick in the draft and you get McDavid, your quarterback Leon Dristel and cannons Eric Carlson. This is what it looks like. Honestly, if I had the first choice, it would be mine. We all saw what McDavid and Draisaitl could do in a 5-on-5 game for the Edmonton Oilers; Now imagine a Monday with all the ice open for a 3v3 game. Add Carlson, who’s going through a Norris Cup season with the San Jose Sharks, and there might not be a best-of-three combo. star game. On top of that, you have a young electric player like the quarterback Matty Benears (Seattle Kraken), center Bo HorvatHe spends a career season for the Vancouver Canucks as a quarterback Nazim Qadri (Calgary Flames). I want to thank Pete, Bill and David for crossing the Pacific. It will be their downfall.

Jensen:

It’s great to see Carlson so healthy and back on top this season; He honestly deserves more MVP love for what he does in his position historically. And speaking of Defenders, not having one on the list is the only thing that could derail the Atlantic; The Central Division has three defensemen, and the Metropolitan and Pacific have one each, which can make all the difference with so many linebackers and forwards in the game. I think the best goaltending tandem of the tournament is the Metropolitan-Atlantic tie, but it’s worth noting that the Metros will have Fox playing long minutes ahead of Shesterkin and Sorokin. But rest assured, look at the powerhouses on the Atlantic roster: Matthews, 6-foot-6 Thompson and two other high scorers, Dylan Larkins (Detroit Red Wings) and Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens), can help control the possession battle.

Douglas:

Pete makes a good point about the shortage of defensemen on Atlantic’s roster, which kind of backs up my case with Central. They have the best in the NHL right now in Makar, who brings a killer combination of speed and shooting. he Seth Jones (Chicago Blackhawks) The Centrals give the best blue line offensive and defensive duo in the All-Star Game. And with all due respect to my esteemed colleague, Mr. Jensen, I think goalkeeper Saros Helbwick deserves another look.

Satriano:

Do McDow, Dristelle and Carlson scare me? Of course, but what Bill B fails to mention is who will be in Pacific’s crossfire: the rookies Stuart Skinner (oilers) f Logan Thompson (Vegas Golden Knights). It is true that they are having a good season, but they cannot be compared to Shesterkin and Sorokin. As for the Atlantic, Matthews, Pasternak and Thompson are three of the best scorers in the league, but they just can’t stay on the ice all the time. And the middle? With a team that includes Kabrizov, McKinnon and Robertson, I see they play very well and try to highlight goals and play for the fans which can cost them dearly. In short, Metropolitan has the most balanced roster, which also includes attackers Artemy Panarin (Rangers) f Johnny Goudreau (Columbus Blue Jackets), and will once again be crowned champions.

The price:

I was waiting for someone to approach the Pacific Ocean, and I’m glad David did. Yes, Thompson and Skinner are the least tested All-Star goalkeepers, but that’s what I love about them. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for them, and not only do they enjoy every moment, but they will go out of their way to prove their belonging. But as long as they weren’t bombed, it wouldn’t matter. Pacific has some serious firepower, and as Pitt mentioned earlier, there is only one defenseman in Carlson who is as offensively dynamic as most forwards in the All-Star game. And I know Pete was watching the All-Star Game last year (he was sitting next to me), so I’m surprised he brought up the “D” because there isn’t a lot of defense in those games. It’s about who can score the most goals, and I’ll have McDavid and Dricetel in my squad every single day. It will be fun.

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