I enjoy the skills competition and it is entertaining. The game itself I don't care about to be frank. The players don't seem to enjoy it as much as the skills aspect. Then again, it is also different mind sets too. One is skills and not the pressure to be the "best of the best" in combat mode.
I'm pretty sure the league ensures that all teams have at least one representative. It will probably be Backes, but I think Elliott really deserves some credit.
Don't the coaches get to name a couple players, too?
Frankly, I'd prefer if the whole team just got the time off to rest and reload for the stretch run....but I also don't begrudge any players the chance to go shine and enjoy the spotlight for a while. Backes was a good ambassador last year.
Considering the NHL ASG is played with the intensity of pick-up roller hockey til about the last 2 minutes, Im surprised it gets as much attention as it does. The skills competition is entertaining, but until Perron starts putting up #s that are all-star worthy, any other St. Louis representative would be an embarassment to the league.
I'd much rather see Pietrangelo go, but I'm sure it will be Backes. Elliot I think would have a decent chance if it wasn't for his lack of minutes. As far as who I think should go if it was all chosen right now...I would have to say Oshie. Yes, I watch All-Star game and yes I care. I think it's nice to see the better players of the league get recognition and a chance to relax for once and show off some of their skill.