NHL All Star Rosters 2012: Players Who Will Shine in Midseason Classic

T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 9, 2012

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 29:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators and Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning look on during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition part of 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend at the RBC Center on January 29, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The NHL’s All-Star Game is a glorified exhibition for the game’s best offensive players to shine. There isn’t any defense played whatsoever, and these three players will finish with an extremely high point total that will earn one of them MVP honors. 

Although the rosters have not officially been announced, as only the fan voting has determined the starters, the following players should get picked to be in the game. And, they will finish as the three stars with the highest point totals. 

Tampa Bay Lighting Forward: Steve Stamkos 

Stamkos is the most notable snub from the fan vote. He leads the NHL in goals scored, is sixth in points and if selected to the All-Star Game, has a great chance to finish the game with four or five goals. 

During this year, Stamkos has six multi-goal games with two of those games resulting in Stamkos scoring three goals. 

Against the lack of defense in the game plus playing with some of the greatest playmakers in the NHL, Stamkos should have a number of highlight reel goals that makes him the No. 1 star of the game. 

Toronto Maple Leafs Forward: Phil Kessel

Kessel was selected to last year’s All-Star game, and since that game, he has exploded as one of the most dangerous scorers in the Eastern Conference. 

Through the first half of the season, Kessel is second in the East with 24 goals. Of those 24 goals, four of them have been game-winning goals, and five have been power play goals. 

However, unlike Stamkos, Kessel is just as dangerous in setting his teammates up for goals. Kessel is among the Top 10 players in Eastern Conference with 24 assists. 

Kessel will get selected to the All-Star game to showcase his talents on one of the biggest stages with the other great players in the league. Kessel should finish the game with two goals and two assists. 

Chicago Blackhawks Forward: Jonathan Toews

Toews leads the Western Conference in goals with 22 scored, and he ranks sixth with 41 points scored. 

The talented Blackhawks forward is on pace to have his best season ever in his five years at Chicago. Toews should finish with 43 goals, 37 assists and 80 points, which would be career highs in goals and points.

Toews should get selected to his third All-Star game in five years. In his two previous midseason trips, Toews has scored in both games; and last year, he had two assists to go with his goal.

This year, Toews should continue his dominance in these All-Star games with a multiple-point game. 

These three players should all get selected to the All-Star game this year. They will all have multi-point games where they will get considerations for the MVP Trophy.