NHL 2015 All-Stars announced; who was snubbed?

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The NHL announced the rest of its 2015 all-stars on Saturday night, and none of them were Chicago Blackhawks! Of course, that’s because five Blackhawks were already voted in as starters, along with some Latvian dude. 

Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons led all will players with 1,574,896 votes, many of them flooding the ballot box from his native Latvia. Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and goaltender Corey Crawford were the other starters voted in for the NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

So who made the cut for the big weekend? Here they are; keep in mind every team needed a representative, the NHL values stardom over achievement, and someone had to make it from the Hurricanes.

Forwards

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils

John Tavares, New York Islanders

Rick Nash, New York Rangers

Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs

Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes

Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets 

Goaltenders

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

6 Rookies

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators

Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

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The 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, to divide the All-Stars and Rookies into two teams (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Captains for each squad will be announced next week.

The highest-scoring player not to make the cut is Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning, but his linemate Johnson is an all-star. James van Riemsdyk (40 points) stays home, as Kessel makes the game. Jiri Hudler should have made the game based on achievement, but hey, gotta throw the Oilers that bone. 

A case could be made for either Nicklas Backstrom or John Carlson from the Capitals; but again, Ottawa and Carolina need their all-stars, too. Wonder if it came down to Howard or Jaroslav Halak at the goalie spot?

As for Patrik Elias … er … uh … hmmmm … *coughs* … maybe Jagr saw those new all-star sweaters and was like "uh no..."?

(Actually, Jagr put it out there he wasn't crazy about being an all-star this season. Did the NHL extend the same courtesy to other older players?)

Sorta crazy to think about an NHL All-Star Game that won’t feature a forward from the San Jose Sharks, either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, either Daniel or Henrik Sedin or P.K. Subban.

And while it’s completely understandable given his first half … no Zdeno Chara in the all-star game or the skills competition means no Zdeno Chara in the hardest shot competition. Well, congrats Weber. Or something.

But hey, at least Jonathan "2 goals in 33 games and a squadared chance at the Calder" Drouin made the cut.

The NHL All-Star Skills Competition, one of the single most entertaining evenings of this or any season, is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 24. It's followed on the next day by a bunch of guys skating off a hangover for the chance to win a car.