2022 NHL All-Star Game captains: Who will lead each division in Las Vegas?
The 2022 NHL All-Star Game takes place Saturday, Feb. 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the Vegas Golden Knights. ASG will enter their sixth season under the new format, which will pit the four divisions against each other in a three-game tournament to decide a winner. Here we will go over the captains of each of the teams and who has the best shot to win.
2022 NHL All-Star Game Captains
Metropolitan Division: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
The Underground was originally to be led by Washington Capitals AG Alex Ovechkin. Instead, he was placed in COVID protocols on Wednesday and ruled out of the All-Star Game. Giroux will therefore take over, which has always made the most sense when you look at the line-up.
Atlantic Division: Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
It’s only the second All-Star Game appearance for Matthews, who has the Maple Leafs in contention for first place in the division. Matthews beat Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy last season, scoring 41 goals in 52 games for Toronto. Matthews is joined by teammate Jack Campbell, who is making his first appearance for ASG.
Central Division: Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars
Colorado Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon suffered a broken nose that required surgery and was kicked out of ASG after being named Central team captain. He was replaced by Pavelski, who deserves after captaining the San Jose Sharks for many seasons. With the Stars, Pavelski enjoyed a career resurgence. He helped Dallas reach the Stanley Cup Finals a few seasons ago and had 51 points in 56 games last season.
Pacific Division: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
McDavid played in five All-Star Games in seven NHL seasons. He’s among the points leaders in the NHL this season and should be in contention to be a Hart Trophy finalist as the league’s most valuable player at the end of this one. The Oilers are struggling a bit this season, but will have a shot at making the playoffs as a wild card team in the West. McDavid helped the Pacific Division win the All-Star Game in 2020.