AHL All-Star Team Announced, No Oklahoma City Players Included

The American Hockey League All-Star team has been announced. No Barons made the cut. If you recall, the AHL All-Star Game will take a bit of a turn this season as the festivities take place in St. Johns (home of the IceCaps), but instead of East vs West will ship Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League over for the weekend. It is an interesting thing to do, I’m not a huge fan of it, but I’ve never been a huge fan of minor league All-Star Games in a league like the AHL. In an Olympic year, I can swallow the pill just a bit easier.

via the official release

“A team of AHL All-Stars will be facing off against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in the two-day event, which will include the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Feb. 11 and the AHL All-Star Game on Feb. 12.”

Now to the roster:

Forwards

Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay)

Brian Gibbons, W-B/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh)

Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (Ottawa)

Jason Jaffray, St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg)

Travis Morin, Texas Stars (Dallas)

Brandon Pirri, Rockford IceHogs (Chicago)

Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (Dallas)

Colton Sissons, Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville)

Ryan Spooner, Providence Bruins (Boston)

Ben Street, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)

Ryan Strome, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (N.Y. Islanders)

Linden Vey, Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles)

Defensemen

Chad Billins, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)

T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (Toronto)

Cody Goloubef, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)

Alexey Marchenko, Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit)

Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans (Buffalo)

Frederic St. Denis, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)

Goaltenders

Jake Allen, Chicago Wolves (St. Louis)

Martin Jones, Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles)

The narrative here is that the league went with the best players as opposed to Team A and Team B with one player from each squad making the cut. Given the strange nature of this year’s game, I’d say the league made the right choice.

Roman Horak is likely the only candidate for this year’s team now playing in Oklahoma City, but he’s barely notched 20 points on the season. Linus Omark, had he remained a Baron/Oiler, would most certainly have made the cut.