Earlier this morning, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel reported that Roberto Luongo would be chosen to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team, and Cats on the Prowl was told afterwards that Aaron Ekblad would be joining him. The NHL made both selections official today, and they’ll join Jaromir Jagr, who was voted in as the Division captain, and Gerard Gallant, who will be the coach of the team when the game takes place on January 31.
The NHL announced on Saturday that Jaromir Jagr was voted in as the captain of the Atlantic Division All-Star Team, but the rest of the rosters weren’t announced until today. Aaron Ekblad and Roberto Luongo will both make the All-Star Team for the second straight year as both have had impressive seasons.
Ekblad is tied for 5th in the league in goals scored by a defenseman with 9 and is tied with Erik Karlsson, who also made the team, for the most in the division. He’s also coming off a Calder Trophy-winning year during which he totaled 39 points in 81 games as a rookie, and he’s on pace for about the same amount of points this season while being tied for the best +/- in the league among defensemen with 16.
Roberto Luongo is tied for 4th in the NHL in wins and is 1st in the division with 18 on the season. Among goalies with 30 or more games played, Luongo is 2nd in the league with a save percentage of .930 and 2nd in the league with a goals-against-average of 2.06.
Gerard Gallant will be the coach of the Atlantic Division team after clinching the best points percentage amongst the 8 teams after defeating the Buffalo Sabres last night 5-1. He’s done a great job coaching the mix of young and veteran players since he was hired before the start of last season and led the Panthers to become the most improved team in the league last year. Gallant recently signed a 2-year contract extension to remain the Panthers’ head coach through the 2018-19 season.