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2023 All-Star Game rosters debated by NHL.com

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The final 12 players, three per division, selected through the 2023 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, presented by Guaranteed Rate, were revealed Thursdaycompleting the 11-man roster from each division.

There will be true star power at the FLA LIVE Arena in Sunrise, FL on February 4 (3 pm ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS). All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook will take place on February 3 (19:00 ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS).

[RELATED: 2023 NHL All-Star Game Fan Vote winners unveiled]

Players as striker Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals, Metropolitan Division), forward David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins, Atlantic), center Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche, Central) and downtown Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers, Pacific) are set to face off in a 3-on-3 format.

But which division has the best roster and will win it all? We asked four NHL.com writers to debate this very question:

Pete Jensen, Director, Senior Fantasy Editor:

The Atlantic Division has it all, led by the pedigree of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have reached the Stanley Cup Finals each of the past three seasons (two championships) with forward Nikita Kucherov and goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy. And the craziest thing is, Vasilevskiy might not even be a starter on his own team with the way the Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark has been almost unbeatable this season. The Atlantic also has family ties (and a mix of scoring and physicality) to the Tkachuk brothers (Ottawa Senators forward Brady, forward Matthew of the host Florida Panthers). Toronto Maple Leafs center duo Auston Matthews and forward Mitchell Marner played on separate lines with equal strength for most of this season, but have proven chemistry in the power play and since when they skated together last season, and Matthews won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL with 60 goals). And the icing on the cake is having two of the top five contenders for the Hart Trophy for most valuable player in Pastrnak and downtown Tage Thompson (Buffalo Sabers).

William Douglas, staff writer:

Pete is right about the Atlantic’s pedigree, but I like the Central Division with its balance of up-and-coming stars and veterans. They have young and exciting firepower with attackers Kirill Kaprizov (wild Minnesota), Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars) and Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) to greet the striker Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) and defenseman josh morrissey (Winnipeg Jets). Central also has its share of Stanley Cup winners in Avalanche’s MacKinnon forward Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar, who last season won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Norris Trophy, named the best defenseman in the NHL. And the goalkeeper is hard to hit with juuse saros (Nashville Predators) and Connor Hellebuyck (Jets).

David Satriano, Staff Writer:

Pete and Bill made good cases, but for me, it’s the Met. In the six seasons since the All-Star Game had a 3-on-3 format, Metro has been crowned champions three times, including last season. I hope their run continues into 2023. Led by two of the best players in NHL history at center Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Ovechkin, Metro also features young rising stars downtown Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils) and forward Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes). There is also a Norris Trophy winning defender in Adam Fox and winner of the Vezina Trophy last season, voted the best goalkeeper in the League, in Igor Shesterkin, each of the New York Rangers. The Shesterkin set and Ilya Sorokin (New York Islanders) is better than any other division, and we know how important the goalkeeper will be with all the expected goals during the tournament.

Bill Price, Editor-in-Chief:

Imagine having the fourth pick in the draft and you’re left with McDavid, center. Leon Draisaitl and defender Erik Karlsson. That’s how it feels. Honestly, if I had the first choice, it would have been my choice. We’ve all seen what McDavid and Draisaitl can do in a 5-on-5 game for the Edmonton Oilers; now imagine the two with all the ice open in 3-on-3. Add in Karlsson, who is having a Norris Trophy-caliber season for the San Jose Sharks, and there might not be a best-of-three group in an entire All-Star Game. Plus you have a young electric player as the center Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken), downtown Bo Horvatwho is having a career season for the Vancouver Canucks, and downtown Nazem Kadri (Calgary Flames). I would like to thank Pete, Bill and David for stopping by the Pacific. It will be their loss.

Jensen:

It’s great to see Karlsson fully healthy and back in elite form this season; he honestly deserves more MVP love for what he’s been doing within the scope of his position historically. And speaking of defenders, not having any on the roster is the only thing that could hold the Atlantic back; the Central Division has three defenders and the Metropolitan and Pacific have one each, which can make a big difference with so much back-and-forth action in the game. I think the best goalkeeping sets in the tournament are a tie between Metropolitan and Atlantic, but it’s worth noting that Metro will have Fox playing big minutes in front of Shesterkin and Sorokin. But rest assured, look to the strong centers on the Atlantic’s roster: Matthews, the 6-foot-6 Thompson and two other high-scoring workhorses, dylan larkin (Detroit Red Wings) and Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens), can help dominate the battle for possession.

Douglas:

Pete makes a good point about the shortage of defenders on the Atlantic’s roster, which kind of bolsters my case for Central. They have the best in the NHL right now in Makar, who brings a deadly combination of speed and marksmanship. he is Seth Jones (Chicago Blackhawks) give Central the blue line’s best offensive and defensive duo in the All-Star Game. And, with all due respect to my esteemed colleague, Mr. Jensen, I think Central’s set of Saros-Hellebuyck goalkeepers deserve consideration for the top two.

Satrian:

McDavid, Draisaitl and Karlsson scare me? Absolutely, but what Bill P. didn’t mention is who will be in the Pacific goal: the rookies Stuart Skinner (Oilers) and Logan Thompson (Vegas Golden Knights). It’s true that each is having a good season, but there’s no comparing them to Shesterkin and Sorokin. As for the Atlantic, Matthews, Pastrnak and Thompson are three of the top scorers in the League, but they can’t always be on the ice. And the Center? With a team that has Kaprizov, MacKinnon and Robertson, I see them playing very fancy and trying to score goals and play for the fans, which can be costly. In short, Metropolitan have the most balanced squad, which also includes strikers Artemi Panarin (Rangers) and Johnny Gaudreau (Columbus Blue Jackets), and once again became champions.

Price:

I was hoping someone would come around to the Pacific keeper, and I’m glad David did. Yes, Thompson and Skinner are the two least proven goaltenders in the All-Star Game, but that’s what I like about them. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them, and they will not only savor every moment, but also do their best to prove that they belong. But as long as they don’t get bombed, it doesn’t matter. Pacific has great firepower and, as Pete mentioned earlier, only one defender in Karlsson, who is as dynamic offensively as most All-Star Game forwards. And I know Pete was watching the All-Star Game last year (he was sitting next to me) so I’m surprised he mentioned the “D” word since there isn’t a lot of defense being played in those games. This is all about who can score the most goals, and I’ll take McDavid and Draisaitl on my team any day now. Will be fun.

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