Matthews, Laine, Ovechkin and Malkin among stars named to NHL all-star rosters

Matthews, Laine, Ovechkin named all-stars

NEW YORK — Rookie sensations Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine and superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are among the players named to the rosters for the 2017 NHL all-star weekend.

Laine, the rookie leading scorer with 37 points, is the lone Winnipeg Jets representative on a Central Division roster also including captain P.K. Subban of Nashville and reigning league MVP Patrick Kane of Chicago.

Laine’s participation in the tournament is questionable after he suffered a concussion in a recent game against Buffalo.

Matthews, second in rookie scoring with 35 points, is the only member of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Atlantic Division roster.

He joins a team captained by Montreal goaltender Carey Price that also includes Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber and star Ottawa rearguard Erik Karlsson.

The Pacific Division roster, captained by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, includes Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau and Vancouver forward Bo Horvat.

Malkin joins Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby on the Metropolitan Division roster, which also includes Washington sniper Ovechkin.

The all-star weekend will be held Jan. 28-29 in Los Angeles.

The Canadian Press

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