A couple seasons after many wrote him off, the 33-year-old forward from Thunder Bay, Canada, was selected Wednesday to represent the Wild in the NHL All-Star Game on January 28 in Tampa, Fla.
Center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith missed the All-Star cut after making the game past year. The center now ranks 3rd in the league with 52 points and is a career-high +19 just past the midway point of the season. Kane, who has 18 goals and 27 assists this season, will make his seventh appearance in the game when he heads to Tampa Bay. This season, Pietrangelo has collected 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) and a plus-15 rating through 41 games.
The Lightning and the City of Tampa are hosting the All-Star Game for the second time. Tampa Bay's ice time leader (25:57/game) is now a league-best +24 and ranks 3rd amongst NHL defenseman in points. Burns had a combined 151 points the last two seasons, including 76 last season, a team record for a defenseman.
Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy are locks for this game, with defenseman Victor Hedman also deserving. Schenn has provided clutch scoring early in his stint with the Blues, as he ranks second in the National Hockey League with six game-winning goals on the season.
Forward Vladimir Tarasenko represented St. Louis in the previous three All-Star competitions and was the only Blues player past year and in the 2015-16 season. He is tied with Mikael Granlund for the team lead with four power-play goals.