As we have previously found today's NHL stars are early draft picks & this year's participants are further proof. Of the 42 players selected 8 were first overall picks and 20 of the 42 were Top 7 picks.
Percentage wise Forwards had the most first rounders.
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The widely held belief (but not always adhered to) that D-Men & Goalies will benefit by spending time in the minors seems to be proven by this year's All Stars. On the other hand Centres spend little time in the minors (in this case the AHL).
Seven of the 12 D-Men played 40+ regular season games in the AHL - Keith (154), Giordano (144), Byfuglien (124), Burns (74), Suter (63), Weber (46) & Faulk (43).
Crawford (255) and Howard (186) lead the way for Goalies but Luongo 29, Rinne (24) and Price (12 plus 22 Playoff) also spent time in the AHL. UFA Bobrovsky had 67 KHL games.
This year's game has 13 Centres, 5 LWs & 6 RWs. Of the Centres only 4 played 40 or more in the AHL with UFA Tyler Johnson leading the way with 137 followed by Bergeron (68), Girgensons (61) and Johansen (40). Seven Centres never played in the AHL (Seguin, Toews, Kopitar, Tavares, Malkin, Crosby & Stamkos).
Only two wingers played more than 40 games in the AHL; Elias (134) and Ryan (70). Four wingers never spent time in the AHL; Ovechkin, Kane, Voracek and Tarasenko.
Almost 25% (13) of the All Stars are not with the team that originally drafted them, or in the case of Bobrovsky with the team that signed them as a Free Agent.
Four of the 13 were involved with trades for each other, namely the Seguin/Kessel and Shattenkirk/E. Johnson trades. Other players not playing where they were drafted are: Burns, Byfuglien, Ryan, Nash, Voracek, Vrbata, Suter and Foligno.
ALL STAR Game 2015 / Hot Stove 2015/1/17
Often General Managers do not last long enough to see the Fruits of their Drafts. This year's game raises questions about the NHL's Old Guard as combined Sather, Wilson, Burke, Lamoriello and Rutherford are responsible for only 3 team selections (Wilson & Sather have none). Lamoriello's contribution is Elias, who was drafted in 1994.
NHL All Star Games
By definition the games do not include all of the game's stars. Fan balloting and mandatory team representation preclude this from happening. That said, a lot can still be learned by studying where players where drafted and by whom. In this Hot Stove we look into: