Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been named an NHL All-Star in place of Winnipeg Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien, who will miss the game with a knee injury.
Letang has played in just 25 games this season after suffering a concussion on a hit by Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, but has recorded five goals and 18 assists for 23 points, good for 24th in the NHL among defensemen.
The 24-year-old ranks second among blueliners in points per game at 0.92 behind only Ottawa Senators sensation Erik Karlsson, who has 46 points in 49 contests for 0.94 per game.
Former Penguin Nick Johnson was also named to the game today for rookies, replacing Edmonton Oiler Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Johnson has six goals and 16 points in 44 games this season with the Minnesota Wild.
Must be a thin year for rookies.
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