Connor McCaptain named to All-Star team

Zach Laing
January 10 2017 12:00PM

This morning, Connor McDavid was named the only Oilers representative to this year's NHL All-Star Game.

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While it was already known that Connor McDavid would be heading to the all-star game as the captain of the Pacific Division, it all became official today. While Connor will be packing his bags and heading to the all-star game, the rest of his Oiler teammates will be sitting at home watching. 

He could be in for a good pay day today too: 

Notable omissions from the Oilers were Cam Talbot as well as Leon Draisaitl who have both had tremendous first halves of their 2016-2017 season.

Draisaitl currently sits second in the Oilers in scoring, potting 35 points in 42 games. Pacific Division nominees Jeff Carter and Joe Pavelski each have two more points than Draisatil, while he ties Ryan Kesler in scoring and is ahead of Johnny Gaudreau (27 pts) and Bo Horvat (29 pts).

Cam Talbot has been a rock for the Oilers this season, posting 20 wins to go alongside a .920 sv% and a 2.44 GAA. 

Los Angeles will serve as host for this year's all-star game, which will be held from Jan. 27-29. This year's all-star game will be just like last year's, which featured the 3-on-3 tournament. 

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Zach started blogging from his Mom's basement years after falling in love with the ‘06 Oilers. Now he's a journalist writing for the Nation Network and still living in his Mom’s basement. He is also 1/2 of the AJHL's Canmore Eagles play-by-play broadcast. .
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#2 oilman3
January 10 2017, 12:08PM
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probably for the best talbot isn't going. he can use the rest.

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#3 Maple Mousse
January 10 2017, 12:09PM
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Very odd that Draisaitl and Talbot didn't get nods (I know that Talbot was verrrry close, but Jones nudged him out - and San Jose already has so many representatives!).

However, that's how the Oilers have always been treated.

Good for Hall getting in. Probably easier for him to get in with New Jersey than it was with Edmonton.

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#4 CDNinATL
January 10 2017, 12:10PM
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I don't about Leon but Cam deserves the nod.

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#5 Big Jacks Meat
January 10 2017, 12:11PM
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Rock Rogers tonight people. Give the boys an added push. Cant Go , Ice-Fall-Ankle nuff said.

Hard start please.

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#6 Keg on Legs
January 10 2017, 12:30PM
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Remember, they had to place at least 1 from every team in the division, that's why Horvat and Gaudreau are there. As for Talbot, the rest will be needed. I guess OEL could've been Arizona's rep and Talbot should've gone instead of Smith, I guess he gets there on his games against the Oil :)

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#7 99CupsofCoffey
January 10 2017, 12:34PM
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Yeah, i don't mind at all that Talbot will be sitting on his couch. Dude is worn out.

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#8 Dinojr
January 10 2017, 12:37PM
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I think Cam is gonna be pretty happy getting a few days off to spend with the family. Sucks he got burned but this should be considered a win for Oiler fans

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#9 Trainreck Is Over??
January 10 2017, 12:43PM
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Maple Mousse wrote:

Very odd that Draisaitl and Talbot didn't get nods (I know that Talbot was verrrry close, but Jones nudged him out - and San Jose already has so many representatives!).

However, that's how the Oilers have always been treated.

Good for Hall getting in. Probably easier for him to get in with New Jersey than it was with Edmonton.

Good observation on the US based teams bias. Remember when Hall and Eberle both made the all star squad and both were injured , so not named to the team. Every year before that and every year after that, you would be named to the team, and then a replacement named 1 day before the game. Cant think of one other instance where this has happened to any other team.

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#10 Suzycue123
January 10 2017, 12:47PM
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Road trip!

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#11 _Bubba
January 10 2017, 12:51PM
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Hey, any idea why Talbot was overlooked?

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#12 TheOneWhoKnocks
January 10 2017, 12:56PM
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I don't think Talbot cares 1 bit at this point. He has put this team in the position they are in today. I love 97 as much as anyone, but you simply cannot deny Cambot has been the best Oiler thus far, night in, night out. His teammates and most fans recognize his importance to the team.

Having said that, I can't wait to watch Connor in the fastest skater & 3v3 tournament. The league deserves criticism in a lot of regards , but good on them for making the All-Star game enjoyable again. I was thoroughly entertained last year.

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#13 Jakethesnail
January 10 2017, 01:07PM
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And we still have Gustavsson?? I thought we were serious about the playoffs!!

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#14 YEGswede
January 10 2017, 01:51PM
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99CupsofCoffey wrote:

Yeah, i don't mind at all that Talbot will be sitting on his couch. Dude is worn out.

Hope the Talbots have a nanny, being home with twins might not get him rested. Probably happy to get to spend some time with them though.

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#15 I tried it at home
January 10 2017, 03:36PM
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Just something that occurred to me while I was looking at the picture there, back in the good ole days when the Oilers and the flames were the best teams in the league and absolutely hated each other, was there any All Star games where players from each team had to play with each other, and if so how did that work out? Any info or juicy tidbits appreciated, thank you

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#16 99CupsofCoffey
January 10 2017, 03:48PM
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YEGswede wrote:

Hope the Talbots have a nanny, being home with twins might not get him rested. Probably happy to get to spend some time with them though.

Oh yeah, lol

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