Oilers forward Draisaitl voted in to all-star game, Leafs defenceman Rielly out
|Toronto Star 11 Jan 2019 at 10:41|
Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was among the last additions for the upcoming NHL all-star game, while Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly was one of a few high-profile players to be left out.
The NHL released the final four additions to the all-star weekend Friday. Draisaitl (Pacific), Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (Atlantic), Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (Central) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang (Metropolitan) will join their division-based teams at the weekend event in San Jose, Calif.
Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up on the ice prior to the start of the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 27, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. Rielly was beaten out by Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl in a fan vote to receive the final spot on the Pacific team for the NHL All-Star game. (Eliot J. Schechter / NHLI via GETTY IMAGES)
Each team left a spot open on its roster to be filled in by a fan vote.
Draisaitl, the linemate of Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, beat out Norris Trophy candidate Mark Giordano of Calgary to get the Pacific slot.
In what could be seen as an upset given the size of Toronto’s fan base, Skinner beat out Maple Leafs stars Rielly and Mitch Marner to get the last spot on the Atlantic team.
The NHL said in a release that more than 11.5-million votes were cast over a seven day period to determine the final four all-star participants.