Oil­ers’ Drai­saitl voted in to all-star game, Leafs’ Rielly out

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NEW YORK — Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers for­ward Leon Drai­saitl was among the last ad­di­tions for the up­com­ing NHL all-star game, while Toronto Maple Leafs de­fence­man Morgan Rielly was one of a few high-pro­file play­ers to be left out.

The NHL re­leased the fi­nal four ad­di­tions to the all-star week­end Fri­day. Drai­saitl (Pa­cific), Buf­falo Sabres left wing Jeff Skin­ner (At­lantic), Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Lan­deskog (Cen­tral) and Pitts­burgh Pen­guins de­fence­man Kris Le­tang (Metropoli­tan) will join their di­vi­sion-based teams at the week­end event in San Jose, Calif.

Each team left a spot open on its ros­ter to be filled in by a fan vote.

Drai­saitl, the line­mate of Oil­ers leader and Pa­cific all-star cap­tain Con­nor McDavid, is tied for 10th in NHL scor­ing with 54 points (23 goals, 31 as­sists). The Ger­man for­ward beat out Nor­ris Tro­phy can­di­date Mark Gior­dano of Calgary to get the Pa­cific slot.

“It’s ex­cit­ing,” Drai­saitl said Fri­day. “The fans played a big role in this so I have to thank them.”

In what could be seen as an up­set given the size of Toronto’s fan base, Skin­ner beat out play­ers in­clud­ing Rielly get the last spot on the At­lantic team.

Rielly is sec­ond in scor­ing among de­fence­men with 46 points (13 goals, 33 as­sists). The Maple Leafs made a push to get him into the all­star game by re­leas­ing a se­ries of videos on so­cial me­dia.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate all the votes and all the peo­ple at home, and es­pe­cially my team­mates cam­paign­ing,” Rielly said Fri­day, be­fore adding with a grin: “I’m happy that’s over. We don’t have to watch the video’s any­more, but I ap­pre­ci­ate it none­the­less.”

Leon Drai­saitl

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