On Thursday, January 13, the rosters for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game were announced. Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins’ captain, was named to his third All-Star Game. However, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand surprisingly missed the cut.
Marchand has put up 19 goals (tied-ninth in NHL) and 41 points (seventh in NHL) this season. Though it should be noted that both Steven Stamkos (sixth in points) and Nazem Kadri (fourth in points) got snubbed as well. However, Stamkos and Kadri are both listed as “Last Men In” options for their respected divisions, where Marchand is also absent.
Charlie McAvoy is listed as Boston’s “Last Man In,” which isn’t a bad decision since he’s one of the NHL’s best defensemen. But it’s certainly a head-scratcher how Marchand got left off the All-Star roster and the Last Men In options.
When it comes to McAvoy, he probably should get in. According to hockey-reference.com, only 11 other d-men have a higher defensive point share this season than him. Rasmus Dahlin, the other defenseman selected for the Atlantic Division beside Victor Hedman, has the same number of points as McAvoy, so it’s realistic to believe that McAvoy could get in with the fan vote.