NHL Names All-Star Game Replacement For Injured Drake Batherson

Ottawa Senators right-winger Drake Batherson sustained a serious ankle injury when Buffalo Sabres' goalie Aaron Dell checked him into the boards during yesterday's 5-0 victory over the lowly Sabres.  The 23-year-old American was set to play in his very first NHL All-Star game next Saturday, but the untimely injury will keep him out "long-term" and out of next weekend's festivities.  The 6'3" winger has been having a breakout season with the Sens, scoring 34 points in 31 games thus far, and hopefully, he can get back on the ice soon.  Here is the play in case you missed it:

As for the All-Star Game, the NHL has already announced a replacement for the injured Batherson - Senators charismatic team captain Brady Tkachuk.  Tkachuk will be making his second All-Star appearance and the power forward has had a good season offensively thus far registering 27 points in 33 games played and has 4 fighting majors to boot.     

With the inclusion of Tkachuk, here are the updated NHL All-Star Rosters:

Metropolitan Division

F Sebastian Aho, CAR
F Claude Giroux, PHI
F Jake Guentzel, PIT
F Jack Hughes, NJD
F Chris Kreider, NYR
F Alex Ovechkin, WSH
D Adam Fox, NYR
D Adam Pelech, NYI
D Zach Werenski, CBJ
G Frederik Andersen, CAR
G Tristan Jarry, PIT

Atlantic Division

F Patrice Bergeron, BOS
F Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA
F Dylan Larkin, DET
F Auston Matthews, TOR
F Steven Stamkos, TBL
F Nick Suzuki, MTL
F Brady Tkachuk, OTT*
D Rasmus Dahlin, BUF
D Victor Hedman, TBL
G Jack Campbell, TOR
G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL

*Replaced OTT F Drake Batherson (injury)

Central Division

F Kyle Connor, WPG
F Alex DeBrincat, CHI
F Nazem Kadri, COL
F Kirill Kaprizov, MIN
F Clayton Keller, ARI
F Jordan Kyrou, STL
F Nathan MacKinnon, COL
F Joe Pavelski, DAL
D Cale Makar, COL
G Juuse Saros, NSH
G Cam Talbot, MIN

Pacific Division

F Leon Draisaitl, EDM
F Jordan Eberle, SEA
F Johnny Gaudreau, CGY
F Adrian Kempe, LAK
F Connor McDavid, EDM
F Timo Meier, SJS
F Mark Stone, VGK
F Troy Terry, ANA
D Alex Pietrangelo, VGK
G John Gibson, ANA
G Thatcher Demko, VAN

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