NHL All-Star roster

With the naming of the roster also came the unveiling of this year's All-Star jerseys. (NHL)

With the naming of the roster also came the unveiling of this year’s All-Star jerseys. (NHL)

The NHL released the rest of the All-Star roster Tuesday morning.  This year, unlike previous, although every team is represented, not all will participate in the game.

For the first place Philadelphia Flyers, they have one lone representative: Third-year forward Claude Giroux. This is his first All-Star selection of his young career.

What about Sergei Bobrovsky, Danny Briere, Mike Richards and company? Nope, not this year for them. With the NHL needing to select a player from all 30 teams and only 48 open spots (12 of which go to rookies), the majority of teams can only have one chosen, which is where the Flyers stand.

Briere certainly has the numbers deserved of the All-Star nod, but in an interview, he admitted that his suspension earlier this season may have caused him to be snubbed from the game.

But enough of the Flyers. It’s time to take a look at a few players who were selected that I definitely approve of:

Patrick Sharp In my opinion, he was an automatic in for the game, even over teammates Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews – though that does not matter since both are on the roster as well. Sharp is flirting with a 50-goal season, which would smash his previous high of 36.

Ryan Kesler He is just begging for the Selke Trophy this year with his style of play. He leads the Vancouver Canucks in takeaways (33) and is third on the team in shorthanded time on ice.

Dustin Byfuglien You would never know he switched to defense this season with the numbers he has put up with the Atlanta Thrashers. He has already surpassed his previous career high in points, and that’s with playing in only 45 games so far.

Here is the roster:

Forwards
* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
* Jonathan Toews, Chicago
* Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
David Backes, St. Louis
Matt Duchene, Colorado
Patrik Elias, New Jersey
Loui Eriksson, Dallas
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton
Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Patrick Kane, Chicago
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver
Phil Kessel, Toronto
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles
Rick Nash, Columbus
Alex Ovechkin, Washington
Corey Perry, Anaheim
Brad Richards, Dallas
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver
Patrick Sharp, Chicago
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Eric Staal, Carolina
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Defensemen
* Kris Letang, Pittsburgh
* Duncan Keith, Chicago
Dan Boyle, San Jose
Brent Burns, Minnesota
Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta
Zdeno Chara, Boston
Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta
Mike Green, Washington
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit
Marc Staal, NY Rangers
Shea Weber, Nashville

Goaltending
* Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh
Jonas Hiller, Anaheim
Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers
Carey Price, Montreal
Tim Thomas, Boston
Cam Ward, Carolina

Rookies
Logan Couture, San Jose
Evgeny Dadonov, Florida
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix
Tyler Ennis, Buffalo
Cam Fowler, Anaheim
Michael Grabner, NY Islanders
Taylor Hall, Edmonton
Tyler Seguin, Boston
Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado
Jeff Skinner, Carolina
Derek Stepan, NY Rangers

* Voted in by fans

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