Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell will represent their respective teams at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, as the league announced the complete 2012 NHL All-Star roster Thursday.
The 21-year-old Stamkos makes his second consecutive All-Star appearance, and it's no surprise: Stamkos leads the NHL in goals (29) and ranks No. 3 on the Lightning in assists (18). The four-year veteran also ranks in the top 10 in shooting percentage league-wide, converting 20 percent of his shots. As SB Nation Tampa Bay editor-in-chief Steve Slowinski writes, he's not dissimilar to Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.
Campbell's selection is his fourth in the last six seasons; he last made the team in 2009 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. He ranks No. 3 in the NHL in assists (30) and No. 7 in assists per game (0.71), helping guide the Panthers to a 21-13-8 record and a first-place showing in the Southeast Division.
The NHL All-Star Game is set for Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place. In the days ahead, the NHL will name captains for the game, who will in turn select the teams on Jan. 26.