Well, who would've figured that the lowest scoring team in the league would feature not one, but two All Stars for the January 30-31 event in Nashville?
The Anaheim Ducks will send Corey Perry to the All Star game for the fourth time in his career, while rookie John Gibson makes his first appearance and becomes the second youngest American-born goalie to do so since Tom Barrasso represented the Wales Conference at age 19 for the 1985 game in Calgary.
The full All Star rosters as announced today by the NHL are as follows:
Gibson is the current league-leader with a 1.63 goals against average, while ranking with a .932 save percentage and four shutouts. He has appeared in 15 of 17 games for the Ducks since his initial recall from San Diego on November 24. In 13 AHL games with the Gulls, Gibson went 7-4-1 with a .917 SV% and 2.63 GAA. He was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December, as well as taking 'First Star of the Week' honors for his play from November 30-December 6.
Perry's 14 goals are tied for eighth in the Pacific Division, while his 25 points are good for 18th in the division. His six power play goals are tied for third in the division, and three game-winning goals tied for ninth. He appeared in the 2008 Atlanta, 2011 Carolina, and 2012 Ottawa All Star games. Perry won the Elimination Shootout event in 2011 and finished runner up in the 2012 Breakaway Challenge event after using a mini-stick to score, putting up a goals and three assists in the three games.
The players will be donning these jerseys:
While basically Arizona Coyotes jerseys in grey scale with some Nashville gold thrown in as trim, they're a departure from some of the more neon and futuristic inspired designs of recent seasons.
Some may complain that they're boring, but after listening to people bemoan how recent iterations haven't "looked" like hockey jerseys, these are a safe, if not wholly inspiring choice. They're the simplest look since the still widely loved 2004 Minnesota jerseys, and don't have some of the overdone 'Reebok striping' of late 00's game jerseys.
One surprising decision is that the league didn't decide to make four different colored jerseys for each of the divisions. Obviously you'd put the Central Division in the Predators gold to please the locals, then could spread out the black, grey, and white amongst the remaining divisions. Still, it's an All Star jersey- who actually buys these?
Oh, right, John Scott is the captain of the Pacific. THAT's an All Star jersey that'd be worth owning.