NHL All Star Rundown: Ottawa Edition

The All Star game is a showcase of the NHL’s elite. It could be argued that every player deserves to play in the game because each active NHL player has been an All Star at some point in the season. The weekend is a great way to see all of your favorites and the skills that have made them NHL superstars on one sheet of ice at ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.

With the impending All Star break coming up next weekend, most of the Bruins roster will receive a much anticipated reprieve from hockey; well for a few days at least. We all know that rest is good for anyone and the Bruins are no different. In a dejavu moment, the Bruins elected to attend reflect that of last years All Star roster nominees.

This year the stars will take the ice in Ottawa and one team will be led by a player familiar with the captain roll. Zdeno Chara will be donning the “C” on his jersey and acting as a “GM” of sorts for his All Star team at the draft. Tim Thomas will be between the pipes for the fourth consecutive time; looking for another win to add to his All Star streak. Thomas has been on the winning team the past three times he’s participated; not a bad track record in the least.

To round out the black and yellow participants, Bruins center Tyler Seguin will be making the trip to Ottawa. This will be his second All Star experience; last year’s festivities featured a rookie Seguin in the lineup. What a difference a year makes as Seguin now has a Stanley Cup and a few sniper goals under his equipment, perhaps both will be showcased. While Chara, Thomas and Seguin will be making the trip, another familiar and essential member of the Bruins organization will be participating as well. Coach Claude Julien and other members of the coaching staff will be on hand to take the reigns of one of the All Star teams. It will be interesting to see if Julien will be coaching his staple players or plotting against their strengths from an opposing bench.

The break is always a much needed one in an overly hectic season; but I can’t help to wonder how it’s good for the elected players to not get the same break as everyone else in the league. It’s an honor and privilege to be nominated; yes. The All Stars come as another event in what seems like a never ending season for Bruins players. Last season, we were thinking that we needed Thomas rested to win the Stanley Cup; even with a trip to All Stars the Bruins got it done. With the hangover finally over and many aspects of this season beginning to mirror those of last; perhaps it’s a good luck omen to have the Chara, Thomas and Seguin trio heading north of the border for the game.

Many of you will be watching the Fantasy Draft, All Star game and skills competitions from the comfort of your home. This season I’ll be traveling to the frozen tundra that is Ottawa to get our readers the best NHL All Star coverage possible. Be sure to check back frequently during All Star weekend for pictures, videos and everything Inside Hockey! For the All Star scoop before it even hits the website, be sure to follow @insidehockey, @winteradams and @michellekenneth on Twitter. Have questions for a specific player or anything All Star related, send a quick message to wadams@insidehockey.com and we’ll try to get them answered!

2012 NHL ALL STAR ROSTER:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=76666

Defensemen: Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Dion Phaneuf (Toronto Maple Leafs), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets), Kimmo Timonen (Philadelphia Flyers), Brian Campbell (Florida Panthers), Dan Girardi (New York Rangers), Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), Alex Edler (Vancouver Canucks), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators), Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators), Dennis Wideman (Washington Capitals), Keith Yandle (Phoenix Coyotes).

Forwards: Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Jason Spezza (Ottawa Senators), Milan Michalek (Ottawa Senators), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Steve Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Tyler Seguin (Boston Bruins), Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers), Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild), Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks), Jason Pominville (Buffalo Sabres), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals).

Goalies: Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins), Brian Elliott (St. Louis Blues), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), Jimmy Howard (Detroit Red Wings), Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings).

Rookies: Cody Hodgson (Vancouver Canucks), Craig Smith (Nashville Predators), Colin Greening (Ottawa Senators),Matt Read (Philadelphia Flyers), Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers), Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Luke Adam (Buffalo Sabers), Adam Henrique (New Jersey Devils), Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche), Adam Larson (New Jersey Devils), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers).

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