Being selected to the NHL All-Star Game must be a real honor. In 2012, John Tavares will get his first of—most likely—many tastes of the midseason classic.
There are some other players on the Islanders roster that will surely get their chance to be selected to the All-Star Game one year. Tavares won't be on this list, as he's already appearing in the All-Star Game this year.
1. Matt Moulson
Let's start with one of the most noticeable snubs in the NHL this year. It's crazy that Matt Moulson was not selected to be a part of the All-Star Game this year. In 48 games, he has 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points. He also has a plus-nine rating.
He definitely deserved to make an appearance alongside Tavares this year. I'm not sure what more the league wants from Moulson. He's on target to score 30 goals in three straight seasons, and possibly 40. If Moulson lights the lamp about 15 to 20 times next year and adds as many helpers before the All-Star break, look for him to make his first appearance.
2. PA Parenteau
You could make an argument he was snubbed, but not as badly as Moulson. PA Parenteau is another Islander who will probably one day be an All-Star. Most people who don't watch the Islanders are probably saying "PA Paren-who?"
Well, in 48 games, he has 10 goals and 33 assists for 43 points. Maybe it was his low goal total that didn't get him selected, but he's a top-five assist guy in the NHL. One day, Parenteau will get his chance in an All-Star Game.
3. Michael Grabner
As one of the fastest skaters in the league, if Grabner can get off to a hot start in the next few seasons, he could have a good chance of reaching the All-Star Game. Last year, Grabner was up for the Calder Trophy after scoring a rookie-high 34 goals.
Grabner has struggled so far this season, but is still on pace to put up about 25 goals. That's if he doesn't get hot. One day, when Grabs has more talented linemates to work with, he could become a dangerous force in the league.
4. Travis Hamonic
This last guy is a stretch, but Travis Hamonic could have a chance of playing in the All-Star Game one day. He's a young, dynamic defenseman that's having trouble reaching his potential. He's only 21 years old, and has a goal and 11 assists in 48 games for the Islanders. I know he only has one goal this year, but in a few seasons I'm sure that will change, and his point total will go up.
If Hamonic can reach his potential and become one of the league's better defensemen, he may get a chance to play when half the league is not playing. Keep in mind, he really doesn't have a lot of offensive players to work with on his defense pairings.