Johnny Gaudreau was pretty stoked to be invited to the All-Star Weekend as a rookie. He’s probably super-stoked now, as he’s been named an injury replacement. He joins teammate and Flames captain Mark Giordano in the game.
Good morning from Nationwide Arena. Johnny Gaudreau and Aaron Ekblad are NHL all-stars, replacing Sidney Crosby and Erik Johnson.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) January 23, 2015
Gaudreau has 35 points in 46 games this season, placing both 2nd in rookie scoring and 48th overall in NHL scoring. He joins fellow Calder contenders Filip Forsberg and Aaron Ekblad in the weekend star showcase. Gaudreau is primarily in the game because he has name recognition and he’s already in Ohio and not on vacation like the majority of the NHL’s veteran stars are, but it’s still pretty damn cool and should be a really fun experience for the 21-year-old.
It’s the first time the Flames have been represented by more than one player since 2008, when Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf appeared.
The All-Star Draft goes tonight on Sportsnet starting at 6pm MT.
Gaudfather shirts are on sale in the new and improved NationGear store. Quantities are limited!