If you thought the stars came out only for the NHL All-Star Game this season, then you were mistaken. The rosters for the YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas also pack quite a punch in the luminary category.
The NHL's impressive rookie class will be on display in this unique four-on-four game that precedes the All-Star Skills competition.
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie sensation Evgeni Malkin leads the way and is joined by teammates Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal, whose brother Eric will play for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.
Boston's Phil Kessel, who just returned to the ice from cancer surgery, also will play for the Eastern YoungStars.
The Western YoungStars are led by the Kings' Anze Kopitar, who also has been a standout performer this season.
Kari Lehtonen, G, Atlanta
The Atlanta Thrashers goaltender is regarded as one of the top goaltending prospects to come to the NHL in decades. The second-overall pick in the 2002 Entry Draft, Lehtonen has posted a 19-11-7 record so far with the Thrashers and has a 2.81 goals-against average.
Events will be staged as follows:
1) Puck Control Relay
2) Fastest Skater
3) Round 1 – Shootout
4) Hardest Shot
5) Round 2 – Shootout
6) Accuracy Shooting
7) In the Zone
8) Round 3 – Shootout
9) One-on-one Shootout
Yeah, the goalies are busting their butts...everyone else just passing it and shooting...only the bareest of body checks if they happen to be skating side-by-side and there is a little stick defense....6-3 East after 2