NHL All-Star Skills Competition players announced; who wins?

Eastern Conference captains, Jaromir Jagr and John Tavares, and Western Conference captains, Patrick Kane and John Scott, have selected their challengers for the Honda NHL Skills Competition.

The East appears to be in it to win it; whereas, the West might be leaning towards entertainment value (see: fastest skater). All the events take place on Saturday, January 30 starting at 7:00 pm ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

So, who you got? Check out the field below.

Bridgestone Fastest Skater

Event description: Four players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The race track for the head-to-head match-ups is the border of the rink split in half lengthways. Timing devices will record each skater to determine the winner of each match. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. The skater with the fastest time in the head-to-head match-ups will skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing, in an attempt to break Mike Gartner’s record (13.386).

Points Available: 6 – The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores a bonus point; if the fastest skater is successful in breaking Mike Gartner’s record an additional bonus point will be awarded.

Western Conference
Roman Josi (D), Nashville Predators
Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche
Taylor Hall (F), Edmonton Oilers
Dustin Byfuglien (D), Winnipeg Jets
 
Eastern Conference
Dylan Larkin (F), Detroit Red Wings
Brandon Saad (F), Columbus Blue Jackets
Erik Karlsson (D), Ottawa Senators
Kris Letang (D), Pittsburgh Penguins

Last year’s winner: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning (AWKWARD)

Favorite: Dylan Larkin is young and naive. Expect him to go all out.

Darkhorse: Everyone outside of Evander Kane wants to see the universe explode when Dustin Byfuglien wins.

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Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge*

Event description: A test of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, three shooters and one goaltender from each team will participate. Columbus’ Brandon Saad was selected by fans to participate in this event in an online vote. Each skater will attempt two shots. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. Fans in-arena and watching on television will be able to vote for their favorite player on Twitter by casting their vote using the hashtag that corresponds to the player of their choice.

Points Available: 1 – The shooter with the highest fan vote will score one point for his team.

*We are sad to report: No fire allowed – AGAIN.

Western Conference
James Neal (F), Nashville Predators
Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche
Brent Burns (D), San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Quick (G), Los Angeles Kings
 
Eastern Conference
Brandon Saad (F), Columbus Blue Jackets
Evgeny Kuznetsov (F), Washington Capitals
P.K. Subban (D), Montreal Canadiens
Cory Schneider (G), New Jersey Devils

Last year’s winner: Ryan Johansen, then-Columbus Blue Jackets, now Nashville Predators (AWKWARD)

Most likely to use prop comedy: Brent Burns

Most likely to dazzle with pure skill: Matt Duchene

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DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting

Event description: Four players from each team will compete, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head match-ups, one shooter from each team per round. The goal is to hit four 15-inch diameter targets located in each corner of the net. The teams will be situated at opposite ends of the rink, and will alternate shot attempts. The first shooter to hit all four targets wins.

Points Available: 5 –The winner of each match-up scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point

Western Conference
Patrick Kane (F), Chicago Blackhawks
Joe Pavelski (F), San Jose Sharks
Corey Perry (F), Anaheim Ducks
Jamie Benn (F), Dallas Stars
Passer: Drew Doughty (D), Los Angeles Kings
Passer: Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues
 
Eastern Conference
John Tavares (F), New York Islanders
Patrice Bergeron (F), Boston Bruins
Claude Giroux (F), Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin (F), Pittsburgh Penguins
Passer: Nicklas Backstrom (F), Washington Capitals
Passer: Jaromir Jagr (F), Florida Panthers

Favorite: The sniper-loaded Western Conference

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Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay

Event description: This timed relay event – involving 14 skaters and one goalie from each team – will consist of five challenges:

  • One-Timers, with three shooters and one passer per team 
  • Passing, with one passer per team 
  • Puck Control, with one skater per team
  • Stick-Handling, with one skater per team
  • Goalie Goals, with one goalie per team

Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next challenge with the exception of one timers, passing and goalie goals, in which a maximum of forty-five seconds will be allocated. The goal is to finish all five challenges faster than the opponent.

Points Available: 3 – The team with the fastest time in each heat scores one point; the team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point.

RELAY 1

Western Conference  
Shea Weber (D), Nashville Predators One-timer RH
Drew Doughty (D), Los Angeles Kings One-timer RH
Corey Perry (F), Anaheim Ducks One-timer RH
Taylor Hall (F), Edmonton Oilers Passer: One-timer
Daniel Sedin (F), Vancouver Canucks Passer: Mini Net
Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames Puck Control
Patrick Kane (F), Chicago Blackhawks Stick Handling
Pekka Rinne (G), Nashville Predators Goalie Goals
   
Eastern Conference  
Aaron Ekblad (D), Florida Panthers One-timer RH
Erik Karlsson (D), Ottawa Senators One-timer RH
Steven Stamkos (F), Tampa Bay Lightning One-timer RH
Patrice Bergeron (F), Boston Bruins Passer: One-timer
Nicklas Backstrom (F), Washington Capitals Passer: Mini Net
Justin Faulk (D), Carolina Hurricanes Puck Control
Claude Giroux (F), Philadelphia Flyers Stick Handling
Braden Holtby (G), Washington Capitals Goalie Goals

RELAY 2

Western Conference  
Mark Giordano (D), Calgary Flames One-timer LH
James Neal (F), Nashville Predators One-timer LH
Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues One-timer LH
Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche Passer: One-timer
Jamie Benn (F), Dallas Stars Passer: Mini Net
Roman Josi (D), Nashville Predators Puck Control
Tyler Seguin (F), Dallas Stars Stick Handling
Devan Dubnyk (G), Minnesota Wild Goalie Goals
   
Eastern Conference  
Ryan McDonagh (D), New York Rangers One-timer LH
Leo Komarov (F), Toronto Maple Leafs One-timer LH
Ryan O’Reilly (F), Buffalo Sabres One-timer LH
Jaromir Jagr (F), Florida Panthers Passer: One-timer
Evgeny Kuznetsov (F), Washington Capitals Passer: Mini Net
Kris Letang (D), Pittsburgh Penguins Puck Control
Dylan Larkin (F), Detroit Red Wings Stick Handling
Ben Bishop (G), Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Goals

Favorite: Again, the West. Some of the best hands in the business are on the team.

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AMP NHL Hardest Shot

Event description: Four shooters from each team will test their slap shot skill in a head-to-head match-up. Each player will attempt two shots, with teams alternating after each player. One puck will be placed 30 feet from the center of the net. Each shot will be calculated in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded.

Points Available: Five team points. The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point.

Western Conference
Dustin Byfuglien (D), Winnipeg Jets
Tyler Seguin (F), Dallas Stars
John Scott (F), Arizona Coyotes via MTL/Newfy
Shea Weber (D), Nashville Predators
 
Eastern Conference
Aaron Ekblad (D), Florida Panthers
Evgeni Malkin (F), Pittsburgh Penguins
Steven Stamkos (F), Tampa Bay Lightning
P.K. Subban (D), Montreal Canadiens

Last year’s winner: Shea Weber at 108.5 m.p.h.

Favorite: He may not hit 108 again but Weber is an old pro at this event.

Darkhorse: We love us some 6’8″ monster of a man in John Scott.

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Discover NHL Shootout

Event description: 18 skaters and three goaltenders from each team will participate in the three-round shootout. During each two-minute round, six skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. Teams will alternate after each shot with each player having a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot. Players one and three from each team will be designated Discover puck players; each goal scored by these players will count as two points. NHL shootout rules apply to each scoring attempt.

Points Available: 1 point for every goal scored and 2 points for every goal scored with a Discover puck.

ROUND 1

Western Conference
Patrick Kane (F), Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche
Brent Burns (D), San Jose Sharks
Mark Giordano (D), Calgary Flames
Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues
Daniel Sedin (F), Vancouver Canucks
Devan Dubnyk (G), Minnesota Wild
 
Eastern Conference
Evgeni Malkin (F), Pittsburgh Penguins
Jaromir Jagr (F), Florida Panthers
P.K. Subban (D), Montreal Canadiens
Ryan O’Reilly (F), Buffalo Sabres
Leo Komarov (F), Toronto Maple Leafs
Aaron Ekblad (D), Florida Panthers
Roberto Luongo (G), Florida Panthers

ROUND 2

Western Conference
Joe Pavelski (F), San Jose Sharks
Taylor Hall (F), Edmonton Oilers
Jamie Benn (F), Dallas Stars
James Neal (F), Nashville Predators
Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames
Dustin Byfuglien (D), Winnipeg Jets
John Gibson (G), Anaheim Ducks
 
Eastern Conference
Patrice Bergeron (F), Boston Bruins
Nicklas Backstrom (F), Washington Capitals
Steven Stamkos (F), Tampa Bay Lightning
Evgeny Kuznetsov (F), Washington Capitals
Ryan McDonagh (D), New York Rangers
Justin Faulk (D), Carolina Hurricanes
Braden Holtby (G), Washington Capitals

ROUND 3

Western Conference
John Scott (F), Arizona Coyotes via MTL/Newfy
Shea Weber (D), Nashville Predators
Tyler Seguin (F), Dallas Stars
Corey Perry (F), Anaheim Ducks
Drew Doughty (D), Los Angeles Kings
Roman Josi (D), Nashville Predators
Pekka Rinne (G), Nashville Predators
 
Eastern Conference
Claude Giroux (F), Philadelphia Flyers
Dylan Larkin (F), Detroit Red Wings
John Tavares (F), New York Islanders
Kris Letang (D), Pittsburgh Penguins
Erik Karlsson (D), Ottawa Senators
Brandon Saad (D), Columbus Blue Jackets
Ben Bishop (G), Tampa Bay Lightning

Favorite: Western Conference will prevail again. The East has a ton of great passers but the goal scorers are in the West. 

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