Blues’ Shattenkirk, Tarasenko to both make All-Star debuts
Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and forward Vladimir Tarasenko have been named to the 2015 NHL All-Star roster, according to a list the league released Saturday. Both players will be making their All-Star debuts.
Shattenkirk is the first Blues defenseman selected for an All-Star game since Chris Pronger made the roster in 2004. The 25-year-old shares the league lead among defenseman with 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists) for this season. He also has a +18 rating and paces all players with 23 power play points (four goals, 19 assists). Shattenkirk is one of 17 defensemen in the league averaging more than three minutes of power play ice time and two minutes of short-handed ice time per game.
Tarasenko, 23, has 22 goals and 43 points this season, with a +21 rating tied for fourth. The 6-0, 223-pound forward shares fifth in game-winning goals (4), second in overtime goals (2) and third in game-deciding shootout goals (2) — and he’s the only player in the NHL with multiple tallies in each of those categories. Tarasenko is one of three players to record two hat tricks this season — one on Oct. 28 and one on Dec. 16 — making him the first Blue to record two in a season since Brett Hull in 1996-97.
All-Star festivities begin Jan. 24 with the skills competition and culminate Jan. 25 with the annual All-Star Game, to be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.