The votes have been counted, and the final four players for the 2019 All-Star game have been announced. The “Last Men In” this year are Jeff Skinner (Atlantic), Kris Letang (Metropolitan), Gabriel Landeskog (Central) and Leon Draisaitl (Pacific).
While this was obviously a fan vote, it does come with some interesting consequences. First of all, it means that the Montreal Canadiens will not have a representative included at the event, after Carey Price decided to pull out due to nagging injuries. Shea Weber was up for the Atlantic fan vote but lost to Skinner, leaving Montreal on the outside looking in while also having to sit Price for at least one game.
There will also be plenty of deserving candidates that have been left out, perhaps most notably Mark Giordano and Morgan Rielly who look ready to challenge for the Norris Trophy this year given their outstanding offensive production. Giordano’s team will in fact only have a single representative at the event despite the Calgary Flames currently being in first place in the entire Western Conference and second in the NHL.
Still, all four of these players are deserving of accolades this season and were obviously the fan favorites. That’s what the All-Star game is all about, and the crowd in San Jose will surely be pleased to see the incredible talents each can bring. The game is set for January 26th.