Edmonton Oilers’ Stuart Skinner and Leon Draisaitl named to 2023 NHL All-Star Game
By Zach Laing10 months ago
Two more Edmonton Oilers will be joining captain Connor McDavid at the all-star game: Stuart Skinner and Leon Draisaitl.
The pair will be heading to Sunrise, Florida for the events taking place the weekend of February 3rd. It’s the first trip to the game for Stuart Skinner, while Draisatil had been previously named in 2019-20. The pair are attending the game in thanks to being voted in by fans. There was only one other player from the Pacific Division voted in: Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat.
Skinner, 24, is having a tremendous rookie season for the Oilers. He’s posted a 12-10-2 record, .914 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA. At 5×5 this season, Skinner has saved 11.21 goals above expected, the 7th most in the entire NHL. Among 53 goaltenders this season who have played over 600 minutes, Skinner’s 5×5 .934 save percentage has him tied for third in the league.
He’s been a big reason the Oilers are where they are right now with Jack Campbell struggling out of the gate with the team. Skinner has helped shut the door and keep the Oilers in games all season long.
Draisaitl, meanwhile, has the highest scoring pace of his entire NHL career scoring 1.59 points per game this season, up from the 1.55 he produced in his Hart Trophy 2019-20 season.
Heading into Thursday’s games, Draisaitl’s one of the top producers in the league once again. He’s scored 26 goals on the year with his 70 points ranking second in the league behind Connor McDavid’s 84.
The jerseys for the event were also unveiled Thursday night, as seen in the featured image.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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