On Thursday night, Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara will divvy up the teams like it's a game of river hockey. But a handful of players won't be available at the draft after missing out on the chance to take part in the midseason showdown.
In the MLB, each team must have one representative in the All-Star game. However, the NHL has found a way around that by including rookies in the skills challenge and counting those players as representatives for their teams.
In this slideshow, I will take a look at one player from each team that either should have made it, or would have made it if the NHL had a similar policy to the MLB.
Of course, some teams don't have a player that deserves to be there. I'll mention that as well.
If there is a player that opted not to go, but should be there, you'll find him in here. (I'm looking at you, Ovi.)
I will also rank these in terms of which guy deserved it the most to avoid the bland, alphabetical order we are all sick of seeing.
Let's get to it.