Another Capital has been added to the roster for the All-Star Game, but it probably wasn't the one you were expecting.
Goalie Braden Holtby was selected to participate in the NHL All-Star Game as part of the Metropolitan Division team as announced on Wednesday. He will join teammates Alex Ovechkin and head coach Barry Trotz who were previously named to the All-Star Game as captain and coach respectively.
The big story here is not who was selected, but who was not. Noticeably absent from the Metropolitan Team is defenseman John Carlson.
Carlson saw his role on the team increased this season due to injuries to Matt Niskanen and two rookie defensemen in the lineup. He currently averages 26:17 of ice time per game, good for fourth in the NHL. His 34 points this season also ranks second among all defensemen behind only Dallas' John Klingberg.
After scoring his fifth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Vancouver Canucks, Trotz gave an impassioned plea for his defenseman to make the team.
"He should be on it, absolutely," Trotz said. "In our situation with Matt Niskanen out, I think people really stepped up and John has. John has gotten better every year. He works with [associate coach] Todd Reirden and Toddd's done a really good job with him and the staff. I think he's taking that bigger role."
Those pleas evidently fell on deaf ears as Carlson was passed over in favor of Seth Jones, Noah Hanifin and Kris Letang.
This marks the third consecutive selection for Braden Holtby who has certainly established himself among the NHL's elite netminders. While Holtby's save percentage and GAA are down compared to previous years, he still ranks second in the NHL in wins with 24 behind only Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning. That is notable considering he ranks tied for 15th in games played and is playing behind a blue line that includes two rookie defensemen.
Here is the full Metropolitan Division Roster:
Head coach Barry Trotz
Alex Ovechkin (captain), Washington Capitals
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Josh Bailey, New York Islanders
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
Noah Hanifin, Carolina Hurricanes
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Even without Carlson, the Caps will still be well represented with two players and the head coach. No other team in the Metro had more than two players.
The All-Star Game will take place in Tampa Bay on Jan. 28.