For a very long time, the Chicago Blackhawks were sending one of just a few players to the NHL All-Star Game. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook all had their fair share of appearances amongst them which was so fun to watch for a long time.
Now, times have changed. The NHL decided not to take Patrick Kane who figured to be the guy for them since one person from every team was going. Kane leads them in scoring with 27 points. It isn’t his usual total at this point in the season but it is still really good.
Instead, Seth Jones is going for Chicago as a defenseman. He will play with the Central Division All-Stars. He will be on a team with Clayton Keller, Cale Makar, Jason Robertson, Kirill Kaprizov, Juuse Saros, Vladamir Tarasenko, and Josh Morrissey.
Jones has two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 27 games played so far this year. This isn’t a great year for the Hawks so there isn’t much to pick from for them in terms of All-Stars but Jones is definitely an interesting choice.
Seth Jones is the 2022-23 All-Star for the Chicago Blackhawks this season.
He is the team’s seventh-leading scorer and hasn’t been that good defensively. Taking him over Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, or even Max Domi feels weird but it is the choice that was made for them.
You have to wonder if any of the aforementioned names weren’t named in case they are traded before the All-Star Game takes place in Sunrise Florida. That is a wrinkle that could be in play here but we won’t know until later if ever.
The NHL is not done adding players to the All-Star Game. Of course, there are injuries to think about and certain players opting out of the game. Each division will also add two more skaters and another goalie via a fan vote so there is hope for another Blackhawks player.
Choosing Jones is a wild choice for the Chicago Blackhawks but he is the guy. He will be around some of the league’s best players like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Alexander Ovechkin so that will certainly be fun for him. It is an interesting choice but someone had to go.