How Rangers, Islanders, Devils stars fared in 2024 NHL All-Star Player Draft

The 2024 NHL All-Star weekend officially kicked off on Thursday night in Toronto with the fourth-ever All-Star Player Draft.

This is the first time since 2015 that the league brought back the player draft as the opener for the three day long festivities.

Devils center Jack Hughes is unable to participate in Saturday’s game due to an upper-body injury, but he still co-captained the draft alongside his brother, Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks and singer Michael Buble.

The rest of Team Hughes includes Jack’s replacement and Devils teammate Jesper Bratt, first-overall pick Nikita Kucherov, Thatcher Demko, Kyle Connor, Cam Talbot, Brady TkachukBrock Boeser, and former Rangers JT Miller and Frank Vatrano.

Rangers netminder Igor Shesterkin, the second to last goalie taken, and Islanders center Mathew Barzal were selected by Auston MatthewsMorgan Rielly, and Justin Bieber in the seventh and eighth rounds.

Rangers center Vincent Trocheck lasted until the final round of the draft, in his second career All-Star appearance, but he also ended up on Team Matthews in a random drawing with the final four players.

All-Star weekend will continue on Friday night with the Skills Competition, which Barzal is set to compete in four different events during, and the 3-on-3 tournament-style games will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m.