On Wednesday the NHL revealed the All-Star rosters for the All-Star Game later this month, and of course there were quite a few snubs. The Philadelphia Flyers will be represented by Claude Giroux, and only Claude Giroux, later this month if everything holds.
Giroux is undoubtedly the most deserving Flyers player to be named an All-Star, but there are a few others that were left off that maybe should be joining him in Tampa Bay later this month. Jake Voracek, who leads the NHL with 43 assists and is tied for sixth with 51 points, was not named to the roster. Shayne Gostisbehere, who is tied for fourth among defensemen with 32 points and has the second-highest points per game, wasn’t named to the team either. Sean Couturier could also be deemed worthy of going, but the forwards that were chosen instead of him are a bit more understandable.
The main snub is Voracek. He has as many or more points than anyone in the division, yet did not make the roster. He has more points than Bailey (50), Ovechkin (46), Crosby (43), Hall (42), and even has shown that he has a fun side in his first All-Star Game with Johnny Gaudreau in the skills competition. Not only is Voracek a great player, but a great character as well.
Many Flyers fans were surprised with the snub, as they should be, but even a fellow NHL player weighed in on the non-selection.
David Pastrnak took to twitter to voice his surprise.
How is Jake Voracek not on All star team… mind boggling!
— davidpastrnak (@pastrnak96) January 11, 2018
“Mind boggling!” is right.
Pastrnak and Voracek are both from the Czech Republic and have played on a few national teams together.
There is still time for players to opt out of the game, or come down with an illness just prior to the game, but Voracek not being named to the team is definitely surprising.
(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
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