NHL All-Star Game 2016 Rosters: Full Player List, Comments and Reaction

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NHL All-Star Game 2016 Rosters: Full Player List, Comments and Reaction
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The NHL officially revealed Wednesday the four rosters that will engage in a unique three-on-three tournament Jan. 31 at the NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tennessee.

As announced on NHL.com, the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific divisions will each be represented by 11 players.

Fans elected captains for each division previously, with Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr captaining the Atlantic, Chicago Blackhawks forward and NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane leading the Central, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin heading the Metropolitan and Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott anchoring the Pacific in Cinderella fashion thanks to a successful grassroots campaign.

According to ESPN.com, Scott is excited about the rare opportunity to play amongst the league's top stars:

"At first, it was one of those things that I thought was a joke, but now it happened, so I've kind of got to go with it, have some fun with it and try to do the best I can," Scott said.

The remaining All-Stars were chosen by the league, with six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders representing each division, as seen in this rundown of the rosters:

Atlantic Division
Player Position Team
Patrice Bergeron F BOS
Jaromir Jagr F FLA
Leo Komarov F TOR
Dylan Larkin F DET
Ryan O'Reilly F BUF
Steve Stamkos F TBL
Aaron Ekblad D FLA
Erik Karlsson D OTT
P.K. Subban D MTL
Ben Bishop G TBL
Roberto Luongo G FLA
Central Division
Player Position Team
Jamie Benn F DAL
Matt Duchene F COL
Patrick Kane F CHI
Tyler Seguin F DAL
Vladimir Tarasenko F STL
Jonathan Toews F CHI
Dustin Byfuglien D WPG
Roman Josi D NSH
Shea Weber D NSH
Devan Dubnyk G MIN
Pekka Rinne G NSH
Metropolitan Division
Player Position Team
Nicklas Backstrom F WSH
Claude Giroux F PHI
Evgeni Malkin F PIT
Alex Ovechkin F WSH
Brandon Saad F CBJ
John Tavares F NYI
Justin Faulk D CAR
Kris Letang D PIT
Ryan McDonagh D NYR
Braden Holtby G WSH
Cory Schneider G NJD
Pacific Division
Player Position Team
Johnny Gaudreau F CGY
Taylor Hall F EDM
Joe Pavelski F SJS
Corey Perry F ANA
John Scott F ARI
Daniel Sedin F VAN
Brent Burns D SJS
Drew Doughty D LAK
Mark Giordano D CGY
John Gibson G ANA
Jonathan Quick G LAK


In addition to that, Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter were tabbed to coach the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific teams, respectively, based on win percentage.

In an effort to liven up the All-Star festivities and capitalize on the popular new three-on-three overtime system, the league decided to completely overhaul the traditional All-Star Game.

While there is no question that such a huge change is a risk, the new All-Star Game could be a major crowd pleaser with offensive stars such as Steven Stamkos, Jamie Benn, John Tavares and Johnny Gaudreau being afforded so much room to operate.

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