It was announced on Thursday that 22-year-old centre Steven Stamkos will be the sole representative of the Tampa Bay Lightning at this year’s All-Star game.
Stamkos was selected by the league itself to participate as players from the Ottawa Senators claimed all three forward positions during the fan vote. Stamkos currently leads the league in goals with 29 – five more than Phil Kessel, who sits in second-place and was also selected by the league to participate in the All-Star game. Stamkos has 48 points in 42 games this season and, despite the Bolts’ struggles, he has managed to keep a plus-5 rating.
Not only was teammate Martin St. Louis selected last year as well – he was named alternate captain to Team Lidstrom; the team that would select Stamkos in last year’s fantasy draft.
Once captains and alternate captains have been selected for this year’s draft, the same system as last year will occur. The draft will take place on January 26. Afterwards, the All-Star Skills competition will take place on Jan. 28 and the game itself will be played on Jan.29. The Skills competition and game will be held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.