Who Should Take Jake Guentzel's Spot In The All-Star Game?

Nick Horwat
December 31, 2019 - 8:33 pm
Jake Guentzel

It was a hectic Monday for young Penguins’ forward Jake Guentzel.

In the matter of about seven hours he was picked for his first All-Star Game, scored three points in a game against the Ottawa Senators, then took on season ending shoulder surgery following a nasty spill into the boards.

Since Guentzel will be unable to participate in the All-Star game, it is currently unknown who will replace him.

Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang was listed as the Metropolitan Division’s “Last Man In” for the game.

Making Letang an easy option to fill the spot left by Guentzel.

If Letang is the chosen player someone would have to take his place in the “Last Man In’ vote.

“Last Man In” is a fan voted spot where the fans get to pick one player from each division to participate.

Center Evgeni Malkin is statistically a very good option, putting up 38 points in 26 games.

Fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin was voted to be the captain of the Metro division, but is going to skip the festivities in preparation for the rest of the season.

Malkin has missed All-Star Games before, and can exercise this option again.

Forward Bryan Rust is currently having himself a career year, with 32 points in 25 games.

Rust has never been invited to an All-Star Game.

The Metro division already has its goalies picked, but Tristan Jarry could have been in the conversation.

Jarry currently holds a league leading goals against average (1.88), save percentage (.938), and tied for the league lead in shutouts (3).

Every team in the NHL needs a representative at the All-Star Game in St. Louis, there are plenty of good options on the team to go as replacement.

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