End Of Season All-Star Teams (Including All-Rookie and All-Canuck)

At the end of each season, the real all-stars are selected. None of this fan-voted, skill-competing, goofball atmosphere baloney. These are the real best of the best. Each year, a first and second all-star team are selected, as well as an all-rookie team. Here are my picks and, for fun, my all-Canuck team. (NOTE: For the rookie team, forwards are not selected by position, just the top three forwards).

First Team All-Stars

G

Braden Holtby- A legendary season in which Holtby tied the single-season record for wins.

D

Erik Karlsson- The first defenseman to lead the league in assists since Bobby Orr.

D

Brent Burns- Half-forward, half-defenseman, all-beast.

LW

Jamie Benn- Second in league scoring, and the best power forward in the game.

C

Joe Thornton- A truly resurgent season that saw Thornton nearly lead the league in assists yet again.

RW

Patrick Kane- Led the league in scoring by a long shot. Likely Hart Trophy winner.

Second Team All-Stars

G

Ben Bishop- A quieter season than Holtby, but still dominant. Had better personal stats.

D

Drew Doughty- May never win a Norris, but still a top-level defenseman.

D

Kris Letang- A bounceback season saw Letang at nearly a point-per-game, and strong defensively.

LW

Johnny Gaudreau- Quickly becoming a true NHL superstar.

C

Sidney Crosby- Looked like a bust of a season at first, then led all centers in scoring by the end.

RW

Blake Wheeler- Wheeler is underappreciated, perhaps due to playing in Winnipeg, but has developed into a dynamic star.

All-Rookie Team

G

John Gibson- Made a valiant effort at winning the starting role in Anaheim.

D

Shayne Gostisbehere- Came out of nowhere to lead Philly into the playoffs.

D

Colton Parayko- Was overshadowed by Gostisbehere, but has made Shattenkirk expendable in STL.

F

Connor McDavid- The next one lived up to the hype in his rookie year.

F

Artemi Panarin- Cracked the top-ten in league scoring, almost made one of the All-Star teams.

F

Jack Eichel- A much quieter debut than McDavid, but Eichel still looks like a long-term superstar.

All-Canuck Team

G

Jacob Markstrom- Did as Canucks fans were hoping and wrestled the starting role from Miller.

D

Chris Tanev- Mr. Dependable on the blueline.

D

Ben Hutton- An absolute revelation in his rookie season, and from out of nowhere, too.

LW

Daniel Sedin- The Canucks’ MVP this season, outplayed brother for once.

C

Bo Horvat- Perhaps a controversial choice, Horvat edges out Henrik with a breakout second half.

RW

Jannik Hansen- Another breakout season, although Hansen’s may be more of a “one-hit wonder” than Horvat’s.

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