Matthews, Draisaitl among 12 fan-voted players added to All-Star Game rosters
The NHL announced the 12 fan-voted players heading to the 2023 All-Star Game on Thursday.
Two skaters and one goaltender have been added to each division's roster. The fan-driven selection process ran through Jan. 17, which included a Twitter component for the first time.
The eight-man initial rosters were unveiled on Jan. 6 and included one representative from each team.
Here are the latest group of players named to the All-Star Game:
Matthews is tied for the Toronto Maple Leafs' lead in goals with 24 after a two-goal performance on Thursday. The 25-year-old captained the Atlantic Division at the 2022 All-Star Game. Pastrnak paces the Boston Bruins with 35 goals and 63 points. The 2020 All-Star Game MVP will make his third career appearance at the event. Vasilevskiy continues to be a model of consistency with the Tampa Bay Lightning, heading to his fifth career All-Star Game and tied for fourth in the league with 20 wins.
Panarin, Fox, and Sorokin will all make their All-Star Game debuts in Florida. Panarin leads the New York Rangers in scoring with 47 points, while Fox ranks fourth among blue-liners league-wide. Sorokin's 34 games played with the New York Islanders are tied for the most by a goaltender this season.
MacKinnon missing 11 games due to injury didn't impact the voting. The Colorado Avalanche star will play in his fourth All-Star Game and is joined by teammate Rantanen as a fellow fan-vote entry. Rantanen leads Colorado in goals (31) and points (56) while playing 22:55 per game, the most minutes for any forward in the league. Hellebuyck's Vezina-calibre 22 wins and .924 save percentage are major reasons why the Winnipeg Jets are tied for first in the West.
Draisaitl is second in NHL scoring with 70 points, only missing out on the initial rosters thanks to Edmonton Oilers teammate Connor McDavid. Horvat is in the midst of a career year, tied for fifth in the league in goals with 30. He heads to his second All-Star Game, last representing the Vancouver Canucks at the event in 2017. Skinner joins Matty Beniers and Logan Thompson as rookies at the 2023 All-Star Game, all of whom feature for the Pacific Division.
The festivities in Florida begin with the All-Star Skills Competition on Feb. 3 and wrap up with the All-Star Game on Feb. 4.