2016 NHL Skills Competition: Gaudreau, Giordano in Skills Challenge Relay, Shootout

Technically, the NHL All-Star activities are officially underway. Really, though, they don’t get started for the out of town fans – essentially, the rest of us – until the Skills Competition. (It used to be the drunk draft, but alas, the NHL decided the best part of the entire weekend was no longer the way to go.)

Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau will both be there, representing the Western Conference, though they’ll only be participating in the skills challenge relay and the shootout: events that see a large contingent of All-Stars.

The Skills Competition gets underway at 5 p.m. tonight on CBC Sportsnet – consider this your watch-along post!

Here are the lineups for the entire skills competition. Our two Flames bolded for when they appear, for a grand total of four times.

Fastest Skater

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Dylan Larkin Roman Josi
Brandon Saad Matt Duchene
Erik Karlsson Taylor Hall
Kris Letang Dustin Byfuglien

Breakaway Challenge

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Brandon Saad James Neal
Evgeny Kuznetsov Matt Duchene
P.K. Subban Brent Burns
Cory Schneider (goalie) Jonathan Quick (goalie)

There’s no Johnny Gaudreau this time around, sadly – and therefore, no chance for him to set his stick on fire. Or his entire being on fire. Or dress up like a cowboy with his little horsey hockey stick. Which is a shame, but honestly, Gaudreau was kind of boring in last year’s breakaway challenge – the NHL really should’ve let him set his stick on fire – so I kinda get it.


Accuracy Shooting

Eastern Conference Western Conference
John Tavares Patrick Kane
Patrice Bergeron Joe Pavelski
Claude Giroux Corey Perry
Evgeni Malkin Jamie Benn
Nicklas Backstrom (passer) Drew Doughty (passer)
Jaromir Jagr (passer) Vladimir Tarasenko (passer)

Skills Challenge Relay

Relay 1:

Eastern Conference Western Conference
RH One-Timer Aaron Ekblad Shea Weber
RH One-Timer Erik Karlsson Drew Doughty
RH One-Timer Steven Stamkos Corey Perry
One-Time Passer Patrice Bergeron Taylor Hall
Mini Net Passer Nicklas Backstrom Daniel Sedin
Puck Control Justin Faulk Johnny Gaudreau
Stick Handling Claude Giroux Patrick Kane
Goalie Goals Braden Holtby Pekka Rinne

Relay 2:

Eastern Conference Western Conference
LH One-Timer Ryan McDonagh Mark Giordano
LH One-Timer Leo Komarov James Neal
LH One-Timer Ryan O’Reilly Vladimir Tarasenko
One-Time Passer Jaromir Jagr Matt Duchene
Mini Net Passer Evgeny Kuznetsov Jamie Benn
Puck Control Kris Letang Roman Josi
Stick Handling Dylan Larkin Tyler Seguin
Goalie Goals Ben Bishop Devan Dubnyk

Hardest Shot

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Aaron Ekblad Dustin Byfuglien
Evgeni Malkin Tyler Seguin
Steven Stamkos John Scott
P.K. Subban Shea Weber


Round 1:

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Evgani Malkin Patrick Kane
Jaromir Jagr Matt Duchene
P.K. Subban Brent Burns
Ryan O’Reilly Mark Giordano
Leo Komarov Vladimir Tarasenko
Aaron Ekblad Daniel Sedin
Roberto Luongo (goalie) Devan Dubnyk (goalie)

Round 2:

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Patrice Bergeron Joe Pavelski
Nicklas Backstrom Taylor Hall
Steven Stamkos Jamie Benn
Evgeny Kuznetsov James Neal
Ryan McDonagh Johnny Gaudreau
Justin Faulk Dustin Byfuglien
Braden Holtby (goalie) John Gibson (goalie)

Round 3:

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Claude Giroux John Scott
Dylan Larkin Shea Weber
John Tavares Tyler Seguin
Kris Letang Corey Perry
Erik Karlsson Drew Doughty
Brandon Saad Roman Josi
Cory Schneider (goalie) Pekka Rinne (goalie)