NHL Young Stars Game

David PonichContributor IJanuary 7, 2008

The NHL Young Stars game includes all the best rookies from around the league. The game is played in similar fashion to the real All Star game, however the periods are only 10 minutes long with no brakes.

Last year was a slower game because of the lack of talented rookies playing. This year looks to be very exciting with lots of young talent in the Western and Eastern conferences.

The West most definately has the upper hand in the game with the up beat offence it provides. There are a few main rookies in the West especially from the young Edmonton Oilers team ans as well as the Chicago Blackhawks. The Oilers have captured 20-year-old Andrew Cogliano from Michigan University where he managed to run the show. The other All Star rookie is 18-year-old Sam Gagner. He was taken sixth overall in the 2007 Entry Draft from the London Knights.

And of course the Chicago Blackhawks have a few key players hoping to show off their skills in this game. They are the 2007 first overall pcik, Patrick Kane and 2006 third overall, Jonathan Toews. Kane is the so far likely winner for the Calder trophy while Toews is his hardest competition. However at this time Toews is undergoing surgery so it is uncertain whether or not he will play.

These are not the only names making a statement. Peter Mueller and Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes have played key roles in the Coyotes turn around season.

The weakest point of the West team will be the defence. Many players have gotten too much attention in the West. There are a few obvious players like Erik Johnsan, Matt Niskanen, and perhaps another Oiler, Tom Gilbert. Goaltending should be decent in the West with Minnesota Wild star Josh Harding. Harding will likely be voted the starter of the West.

The West looks strong in offense, but the East may have something to say about it.

The East has the one star forward in the name of Nicklas Backstrom. As for the rest of the offense, not many have made a case. I believe some other forwards could be the Senator's Nick Foligno and the Ranger's Brandon Dubinsky.

The East defense have a few strong players, but are still not too amazing. There is the famous Thrasher Tobias Enstrom.The other defensemen showing off their talent have been Erik Johnson and Marc Staal.

The strongest point of the East Team has got to be their goaltending. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has been a key part of their success. The East appear to be strong on all ends so probability says they should take the game.

One point that I will make is what should happen if the game goes past regulation. What happens in the shootout? I believe that the West will take it. Carey Price has been golden in the shootout for Motreal this year. Other than Backstrom the East side does not have any real sharp shooters. On the other hand, the West have the NHL shootout star, Sam Gagner. He has scored some trumendous goals for Edmonton. Kane and Toews are a couple other snipers that won't disapoint in the shootout.

This will definitely be a game to tune into. There will be great goals, great saves, and great fun. Let's all keep in mind that it's not just about winning, but having fun and celebrating the achievements of these hard-working rookies.