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NHL unveils the 2011-12 All-Star and All-Rookie teams

Jun 20, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

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In addition to handing out plenty of awards, the 2011-12 All-Star and All-Rookie squads were named on Wednesday. Both teams were selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Forwards and Calder Trophy finalists Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers were selected as the three forwards on the All-Rookie team.

Toronto’s Jake Gardiner and Carolina’s Justin Faulk are the team’s blueliners and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth was selected to round out the squad.

The Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal and Evgeni Malkin were both selected to the First All-Star team, with the New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk rounding out the list of forwards.

Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators were selected as the squads’ two defensemen. Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers is the final member of the First All-Star team.

The Second All-Star team features Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. Their defensive corps consists of Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues. The squads forwards are Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Phoenix’s Ray Whitney, and the New York Rangers’ Marian Gaborik.

  1. killerpgh - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Ray Whitney seems out of place in this group.

    • grimlock410 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:31 AM

      Whitney scored 77 points this year including his 1000th. Oh and turned 40.

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    I understand that everyone on this list is worthy, but really,

    Couldn’t give a little bit of a nod to Lidstrom?

  3. highlander24 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    @killerpgh I thought the same exact thing when I read it.

  4. marcusnaz14 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    If both Neal and Kovalchuck are listed as Left Wingers, how do they both make the first team?

    Also, isnt Giroux listed as a Right Winger? If so, how does he not make either team?

    Kessel kinda got snubbed.

    As for listing, I am taking the player positioning listing directly from the NHL website. You would think that the league website listing of player position is consistent with the league sponsored/PWA award

  5. GenoPringles - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    The only real snub here is Kunitz drippy Lipz got left out. Save some time and just list the entire penguin roster as all stars. The Soupcan army is back and stronger than ever

    • danphipps01 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      So how’re those back-to-back first-round exits treating you?

  6. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    soup can army is in full force and is already the heavy favorite to win the cup next year. the franchise is the best sports team of all time

    • govtminion - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Are we going to listen to this drivel all summer until kindergarten starts again?

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