2014 NHL All-Star Game Picks

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Young Stars Game

I don’t even know if the NHL still does a Young Stars Game as part of their All-Star festivities. If they don’t, they should.

I picked the players for the YSG the same way I picked them for the ASG. The difference is every player is age 23 or younger.

What I came to realize while picking these players is there are a heckuva lot of really good young players in the League today. I could of easily filled two full teams, but I want the YSG to be smaller than the big game.

The Rules

1. The game will be played four-on-four.

2. Each team will have eight forwards, four defensemen and two goalies.

3. The game will have three periods, but each period will only be 10 minutes long.

4. Each team will switch to their backup goalie at the five-minute mark of the second period.

The Results 

TEAM GRETZKY

FORWARDS

Brandon SaadRyan Nugent-Hopkins

Jeff SkinnerRyan Johansen

Evander KaneNazem Kadri

DEFENSE

Jonas BrodinJustin Faulk

Victor HedmanSeth Jones

GOALIES

Robin Lehner

Petr Mrazek

TEAM ORR

FORWARDS

Jordan EberleRyan O’Reilly

Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnon

Reilly SmithJaden Schwartz

DEFENSE

Cam FowlerT.J. Brodie

Roman JosiTravis Hamonic

GOALIES

Philipp Grubauer

Darcy Kuemper

The statistics I used to research the Young Stars were taken from Hockey-Reference.com.

Final Score Predictions

ASG: Team Gretzky beats Team Orr 14-13 in a shootout.

YSG: Team Gretzky beats Team Orr 11-7. Kadri scores six points.

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Tags: 2014 NHL All-Star Game Alex Ovechkin Jeff Skinner Sidney Crosby Toronto Maple Leafs

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