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

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2016

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
PlayerPositionTeam
Patrice BergeronFBOS
Jaromir JagrFFLA
Leo KomarovFTOR
Dylan LarkinFDET
Ryan O'ReillyFBUF
Steve StamkosFTBL
Aaron EkbladDFLA
Erik KarlssonDOTT
P.K. SubbanDMTL
Ben BishopGTBL
Roberto LuongoGFLA
Central Division
PlayerPositionTeam
Jamie BennFDAL
Matt DucheneFCOL
Patrick KaneFCHI
Tyler SeguinFDAL
Vladimir TarasenkoFSTL
Jonathan ToewsFCHI
Dustin ByfuglienDWPG
Roman JosiDNSH
Shea WeberDNSH
Devan DubnykGMIN
Pekka RinneGNSH
Metropolitan Division
PlayerPositionTeam
Nicklas BackstromFWSH
Claude GirouxFPHI
Evgeni MalkinFPIT
Alex OvechkinFWSH
Brandon SaadFCBJ
John TavaresFNYI
Justin FaulkDCAR
Kris LetangDPIT
Ryan McDonaghDNYR
Braden HoltbyGWSH
Cory SchneiderGNJD
Pacific Division
PlayerPositionTeam
Johnny GaudreauFCGY
Taylor HallFEDM
Joe PavelskiFSJS
Corey PerryFANA
John ScottFARI
Daniel SedinFVAN
Brent BurnsDSJS
Drew DoughtyDLAK
Mark GiordanoDCGY
John GibsonGANA
Jonathan QuickGLAK
NHL.com

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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