Found January 12, 2012 on The Predatorial:
PLAYERS: Shea WeberRyan SuterCraig SmithRyan Nugent-HopkinsGabriel LandeskogPekka RinneLuke AdamDaniel AlfredssonJamie BennLogan CoutureSean CouturierPavel DatsyukMarian GaborikClaude GirouxColin GreeningAdam HenriqueCody HodgsonMarian HossaJarome IginlaRyan JohansenPatrick KanePhil KesselMikko KoivuJoffrey LupulEvgeni MalkinMilan MichalekAlexander OvechkinCorey PerryJason PominvilleMatt ReadDaniel SedinHenrik SedinTyler SeguinJason SpezzaSteven StamkosJohn TavaresJonathan ToewsDustin ByfuglienBrian CampbellZdeno CharaJustin FaulkDan GirardiErik KarlssonAdam LarssonDion PhaneufKimmo TimonenDennis WidemanKeith YandleBrian ElliottJimmy HowardHenrik LundqvistCarey PriceJonathan QuickTim Thomas
TEAMS: Nashville PredatorsEdmonton OilersBuffalo SabresOttawa SenatorsDallas StarsSan Jose SharksPhiladelphia FlyersDetroit Red WingsNew York RangersNew Jersey DevilsVancouver CanucksChicago BlackhawksCalgary FlamesColumbus Blue JacketsToronto Maple LeafsMinnesota WildColorado AvalanchePittsburgh PenguinsWashington CapitalsAnaheim DucksBoston BruinsTampa Bay LightningNew York IslandersWinnipeg JetsFlorida PanthersCarolina HurricanesArizona CoyotesSt. Louis BluesMontreal CanadiensLos Angeles Kings
Photo Credit: Mark Humphrey / AP The Predators will have a few more representative at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa this year as Shea Weber and Ryan Suter were selected for the All-Star Game and rookie Craig Smith was one of twelve selected for the rookie skills competition. Having arguably the best 1st pair defensemen in the NHL is one of the many assests that the Nashville Predators covets. The addition of Ryan Suter to a perennial All-Star candidate in Shea Weber bodes well for the viability of the Nashville market and it’s franchise. Craig Smith has put up some decent numbers as a rookie and came out in the first few months of the season as the leading rookie scorer over such touted names as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog. Even though Smith’s numbers have tailed a bit, look for this experience to be an energizing force for the rest of the season for the young Smith. Although Pekka Rinne has put up the second most wins and the most saves in the NHL, Rinne once again finds himself on the outside looking in. Expect this missed opportunity to drive what is already a very competitive Rinne to strive for the All-Star spot next season and continue to dominate games going into April. Here’s the complete list of All-Stars including Rookies (marked with an r): Forwards r-Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks r-Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers r-Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators r-Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils r-Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames r-Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild r-Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators r-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres r-Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins r-Craig Smith, Nashville Predators Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning John Tavares, New York Islanders Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks r-Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes Dan Girardi, New York Rangers Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators r-Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers Shea Weber, Nashville Predators Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes Goaltenders Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins Are there any players you feel should have been in this year? Any players selected that you feel shouldn’t be included? Post below and let the dicussion begin.

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