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Brent Burns has been named as the only Sharks player for the 2015 NHL All-Star game, as the league revealed the full list of reserves on Saturday.
The game will be held in Columbus, OH on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. PST on the NBC Sports Network.
Burns is tied for first among NHL defensemen in goals with 11, and is third in points with 34. He leads the Sharks in time on ice with 23:41 per game, and is third on the team in scoring. This will be his second career All-Star appearance after he took part in 2011 while still with Minnesota.
While Burns’ offensive numbers are impressive, his making the All-Star team was a bit surprising due to his ongoing struggles in the defensive zone after moving back to the blue line this season. His -8 rating is the worst mark on the team, while his 17 minor penalties are five more than anyone else on the Sharks roster.
The biggest snub from a Sharks perspective is Joe Pavelski. The 30-year-old is tied for fifth in the NHL with 21 goals, leads the league with 10 power play goals, and leads the Sharks in scoring with 37 points.
The All-Star fantasy draft will be held on Friday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. PST on NBCSN. Captains for the two squads will be named at a later date.
In the most recent All Star game in 2012, Logan Couture was the last player chosen in the fantasy draft. The 2012-13 NHL lockout and 2014 Olympic break prevented an All-Star game from being held for the last two seasons.