Since the NHL All-Star Game rosters were released earlier this week, there has been plenty of grumbling about deserving players who were passed over for others with less impressive stats but apparently more star power. I, for one, think Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin got the short end of the proverbial stick when he was passed over by the ASG selection committee this week.
Panarin's 41 points this season ranks second to Patrick Kane in Chicago and is 6th overall in the NHL. He is also the Hawks' second leading goalscorer with 17, just one goal behind Artemi Anisimov. Captain Jonathan Toews has been quoted as saying he thought that Panarin, Anisimov, and Marian Hossa were each more deserving of the selection than he was because their stats are higher than his so far this season. Apparently the selection committee used some other standard.
In my opinion, this is a downside to the smaller squads needed for the 3-on-3 format as well as the unclear rubric being used by the NHL to fill the teams. Outstanding performance on the ice apparently isn't the most important criteria to determine who the "all-stars" are, and this is one case where that is definitely a disappointment.