Colorado Avalanche famous person Nathan MacKinnon did not maintain again when requested concerning the exclusion of teammate Nazem Kadri from the primary All-Star Game roster.
“It’s silly. I don’t think every team should send a guy,” MacKinnon stated, in keeping with The Athletic’s Peter Baugh. “It’s an All-Star Game, not a Participation Game.”
Former Toronto Maple Leaf Kadri has been among the many league’s prime 5 scorers for a lot of the season, and at present sits fourth with 13 targets and 35 assists for 48 factors in 30 video games.
Kadri wasn’t the one stunning omission from Thursday’s announcement: Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins have been additionally each among the many notable lineup snubs.
Marchand, who’s seventh in league scoring with 19 targets and 22 assists for 41 factors in 29 video games, was handed over in favour of teammate Patrice Bergeron, who’s not within the prime 50 in scoring.
“I’m not bothered at all,” Marchand stated over a Zoom name with reporters. “But Bergie’s been our greatest participant for no matter it’s, 18 years now, he is the most effective two-way participant within the league, he is the spine to our staff, so I’m not stunned in any respect that he is there. He deserves to be. He’s earned that proper.
“That’s the way it goes when the league format is the way it is. There’s guys that could be there. You look at Kadri, I don’t think he’s on the list, and he’s, what … fourth in scoring, so that’s the way it goes when they have the system the way it is, when you need to incorporate every team.”
The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to happen Feb. 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, the house of the Vegas Golden Knights.