Vegas Golden Knights ahead Chandler Stephenson will substitute injured Seattle Kraken ahead Matty Beniers on the 2023 NHL All-Star Game in Florida this weekend.
Beniers was banged up in a sport in opposition to the Vancouver Canucks final week and a return date hasn’t been decided at this level.
Beniers has been the favourite to win the NHL’s Calder Trophy this season, scoring 17 targets and 36 factors in 47 video games with the Kraken this season.
Beniers was set to be the lone rookie skater to take part, with goaltenders Stuart Skinner and Logan Thompson sharing the web for the Pacific Division.
Stephenson will take part within the all-star festivities for the primary time in his profession in Florida.
He’s on tempo for a career-high 71 factors, a strong increase from his earlier better of 64 when he broke out with the Golden Knights final season.
The multi-faceted ahead has been vital as Vegas has handled accidents to key gamers up entrance, so the all-star choice is well-deserved.
The 28-year-old ahead has 198 factors in 390 video games with Washington and Vegas, together with his first full NHL season coming in 2018-19 in a depth position.
Since becoming a member of Vegas in 2019-20, Stephenson has develop into an integral piece of the workforce’s scoring core, ending two factors behind Jonathan Marchessault for the workforce lead in scoring final 12 months.
Stephenson will be part of Vegas teammate Logan Thompson on the Pacific Division roster. With Beniers gone, the Kraken can have no participant representatives, which means they’ll be the one workforce with no participant.
Vegas’ Bruce Cassidy will function coach for the Pacific Division by advantage of being the bench boss of the highest workforce within the division on the time of the Jan. 11 coaches announcement.
The expertise competitors will kick off the motion on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET, with the all-star event beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday.