Eichel to play in NHL All-Star game

Patrick Kane Named to NHL All Star Game Roster

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The center now ranks 3rd in the league with 52 points and is a career-high +19 just past the midway point of the season.

Despite the slow start, the Sharks blueliner is tied for sixth among defensemen in points (30), tied for eighth in goals (seven), and tied for seventh in assists (23).

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The Blackhawks had four players named to the game last season, a league-high. This year's game is January 28 in Tampa, Fla. and will again feature 11 players from each of the NHL's four divisions.

Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy are locks for this game, with defenseman Victor Hedman also deserving.

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This may be Eichel's first All-Star game but you can bet it won't be his last. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman was named a Second-Team NHL All-Star following both the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons.

Vasilevskiy also owns the top goals-against average (2.10) and save percentage (.933) among National Hockey League goalies with 15 or more starts. The Calgary, Alberta, native was also an AHL All-Rookie Team member and Calder Cup champion with the Hershey Bears as a first-year pro in 2005-06, totaling 51 points (12-39-51) and 105 penalty minutes in 68 AHL games from 2005-07.

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Jon Cooper will coach in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. Among all defensemen, the King City, Ontario native ranks 10th in points, second in even-strength points (21), eighth in goals, 12th in assists, ninth in plus/minus and ninth in ice-time per game (25:36). Both events will be held at AMALIE Arena.

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