As reported earlier, Marc Staal and Henrik Lundqvist were named to the all-star team(s) and Derek Stepan was chosen as one of the 12 rookies who will also compete in the skills competition.
Here is the Rangers’ announcement:
HENRIK LUNDQVIST AND MARC STAAL SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE 2011 NHL ALL-STAR GAME
Derek Stepan to Participate in SuperSkills Competition
New York, January 11, 2011 – The National Hockey League announced today that New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and defenseman Marc Staal have been selected to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game on January 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Derek Stepan will join them as one of 12 rookies named to participate in the SuperSkills competition, to take place on January 29 at the RBC Center.
Lundqvist, 28, will be making the second NHL All-Star Game appearance of his career, having previously represented the Eastern Conference All-Stars in 2008-09. He has posted a record of 18-12-3, along with a 2.33 goals against average, a .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 games this season. He is tied for first in the NHL in shutouts, sixth in wins, ninth in goals against average, and ranks eighth in save percentage. He also leads the league with 12 road wins, ranks fifth with 904 saves and is tied for first with three assists. Lundqvist recorded his second career 40-save shutout in a 3-0 win at Florida on November 26 (40 saves). With his first shutout of the season, a 36-save effort in a 2-0 win at Toronto on October 30, Lundqvist passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley to move into fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career shutouts. Entering tonight’s contest vs. Montreal, the six-year NHL veteran is five wins shy of 200 NHL wins and one shutout from 30 career regular season shutouts.
The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist was originally selected as the Rangers’ seventh round choice, 205th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Staal, 23, will be making the first NHL All-Star Game appearance of his career. He has registered six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, along with 26 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 43 games this season. He is tied for 14th among NHL defensemen with six goals and 11th with three power play goals. He is also tied for third in the NHL with two shorthanded assists and four shorthanded points, fifth with two shorthanded goals, and ranks fourth with a plus-12 rating on the road (third among defensemen). Staal is tied for second on the team in power play goals and power play assists (four), ranks second in power play points (seven), and leads all team defensemen in goals, and is second in points and assists. In his fourth NHL season, Staal leads the team and ranks eighth in the NHL in average ice time, logging 25:29 of ice time per game. He has logged 30 or more minutes of ice time in four games this season, including a career-high, 33:06 of ice time at Dallas on Friday. The last time a Ranger averaged 25 or more minutes of ice time per game was Brian Leetch during the 2003-04 season (26:14).
Staal, who appeared in the 2008 and 2009 NHL YoungStars Games, was originally selected as the Rangers’ first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Stepan, 20, has registered 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points, along with eight penalty minutes in 43 games this season. He is tied for third among NHL rookies in points and goals, and ranks eighth in assists. He also ranks second on the team in points, third in goals, and is tied for first with nine road goals, second with 14 road points, and third with six power play points. He posted a six-game scoring streak, which is tied for the second longest by a rookie this season, from November 17 vs. Boston to November 26 at Florida (three goals, four assists over the span). Stepan registered a hat trick with three goals while making his NHL debut in the season opener at Buffalo on October 9 and, in the process, tied the franchise record for goals in a season opener and became the fourth player in NHL history and first Ranger to register a hat trick in his NHL debut. Prior to the start of the season, Stepan captured the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top rookie in Rangers Training Camp.
The Hastings, Minnesota native was originally selected as the Rangers’ second round choice, 51st overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.