2019 NHL All-Star Game: Ranking all 44 players in San Jose
44 through 39
39. Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars D: He’s the All-Star Game’s youngest player, and the only rookie to make the trip.
40. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals G: A year after coming to the All-Star Game with his starting spot in question, he’s now a reigning champion. That’ll do, despite his struggles.
41. Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets D: Jones pushes play, and he’s got a tie to the Bay: Popeye Jones, his dad, finished his NBA career with the Warriors.
42. Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils RW: The American winger is on pace to shatter his career-high in goals. But, he isn’t the reigning MVP.
43. Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild G: Dubnyk’s success away from Edmonton should encourage pending free-agent goalie Cam Talbot.
44. Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes C: Over the last two seasons, only eight players who are 21 or younger have scored more points than Keller
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33. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators G: Can you still be a Shark-killer if the Sharks aren’t playing? Rinne owns a .937 save percentage at SAP Center.
34. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche LW: The lowest scorer of Colrado’s three All-Stars … is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals.
35. Keith Yandle, Florida Panthers D: The best three-time All-Star nobody talks about.
36. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers G: One of the five greatest goalies of all time (at minimum), and easily the most handsome.
37. Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets RW: Don’t be fooled by the career-high shooting percentage, as Atkinson’s shooting and generating chances at the highest rate of his career.
38. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings G: Howard’s having a sneaky-great season in Detroit. Will it finish in Detroit after the trade deadline?
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27. Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders C: He now has as many All-Star appearances (one) as T’s in his first name.
28. Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators D: Chabot has filled Erik Karlsson’s void admirably, emerging as a legit No. 1 defenseman in his third NHL season.
29. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights G: The second favorite for the iciest reception from the SAP Center crowd in introductions.
30. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators D: He’s two goals away from reaching double digits for the sixth straight season.
31. Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues C: Not much has gone right in St. Louis this season, but Blues fans won’t be signing, well, the blues about O’Reilly’s first season there.
32. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings D: The odds-on favorite for the iciest reception from the SAP Center crowd in introductions.
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21. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning G: Saves like this belong in an All-Star Game.
22. Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers C/LW: Yes, he plays a lot with McDavid, but he’s also tied for 14th in points since the start of 2016-17. Don’t forget about Drai.
23. Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes C: How can a player be overdue for an All-Star appearance in his third NHL season? When you’re as good as Aho, it makes sense.
24. Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres LW: He made it in the game by the Skinner his teeth, but the Sabre was duly rewarded for his career season. Up next, an extension?
25. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks C/RW: Talk about a resurgence: Pavelski has not only scored more goals than last year, but is three away from scoring more than 2016-17, too.
26. Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets RW: Since the start of 2015-16, only Patrick Kane has more points among American players.
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15. John Carlson, Washington Capitals D: Carlson is once again shouldering much of the load for the Caps’ blue line, and couldn’t be further from a Stanley Cup hangover.
16. Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche RW: Is it possible to have a breakout season after a breakout season? Contention for the Art Ross Trophy is one way to do it.
17. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning C: This is probably a bit low for 2009's No. 1 overall pick, who remains one of the NHL's elite goal-scorers.
18. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins D: The only other Penguins defenseman to make five All-Star Games? Some guy named Paul Coffey.
19. Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres C: Eichel and Skinner’s chemistry should shine during 3-on-3 play.
20. Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks C: Are we prisoners of the moment? Sure, but the Calder Trophy lock might just be a Hart Trophy dark horse as well.
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9. John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs C: Has a free-agent signing ever had this much hype and lived up to it?
10. Patrick Kane, Chicago RW: He’ll have company on the 100-point list this season,
11. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers C: Sorry, Gritty, but Giroux is the real star on Broad Street.
12. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks D: Burns is most associated with his blistering shot, but the Sharks’ leading assist man is an under-the-radar pick in the passing portion of the skills competition.
13. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs C: Arizona raised him, but he was born in San Ramon. That counts for something, right?
14. Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets C: If you’re looking for someone to go 4-for-4 in shooting accuracy on Friday, he’s your guy.
Eight through three
3. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning RW: You could make the case Kucherov was an MVP snub in each of the last two seasons. We don’t think it will happen a third time.
4. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames LW: If you could design a player in a lab for 3-on-3, they would not be as fitting for the format as Johnny Hockey.
5. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks G: By Corsica Hockey’s measure, Gibson has saved just over 26 goals above average in all situations. The next closest goalie has saved half of that.
6. Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks D: After 47 games, Sharks fans are ready for eight more years.
7. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche C: Being the second-best hockey player from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia is nothing to sneeze at.
8. David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins C: When the season is over, Pastrnak will likely have more goals than any Bruin in the first five years of their career. Not too shabby.
2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins C
Crosby has been named to seven All-Star teams … and is still second in Penguins history behind ex-landlord Mario Lemieux.
1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers C
He’s the best player in the world. ‘Nuff said.