The National Hockey League recognized its major award winners in advance of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, with four OHL graduates being named to All-Star Teams for the 2019-20 season.
Forward – Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks) / Sudbury Wolves, Kitchener Rangers
Call him a late bloomer. Dominik Kubalik burst onto the NHL scene to score 30 goals as a 25-year-old rookie with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 6-foot-2, 180Ib. left-winger was originally a seventh round pick of the Los Angeles Kings back in 2013 but after five years of pro hockey in Europe’s pro ranks, the Czech winger was ready to make an impact. Kubalik finished the season with 46 points (30-16–46) in 68 games after being named the Swiss Elite League’s Player of the Year in 2019.
Forward – Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens) / Owen Sound Attack, Guelph Storm
The OHL’s Playoff MVP in 2019, Nick Suzuki made an immediate impact with the Montreal Canadiens, finishing his rookie campaign with 41 points (13-28–41) over 71 games while tacking on seven points (4-3–7) in 10 playoff outings. The 21-year-old London, Ont. product came off a 328-point (141-187–328) OHL career capped off by an OHL Championship with the Guelph Storm last spring. Suzuki’s 41 points make him the second-most productive 20-year-old rookie in franchise history behind only the great Guy Lafleur.
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM:
Defence – John Carlson (Washington Capitals) / London Knights 2008-09
London Knights graduate John Carlson led NHL defenders with 75 points (15-60–75), being named a first team all-star for the first time in his career. Carlson finished second behind Nashville’s Roman Josi in Norris Trophy voting after posting career highs offensively. The 30-year-old from Natick, Mass. helped the Caps win the Stanley Cup in 2018. He just completed his eleventh NHL season, all spent with Washington. He joins Mike Green, Scott Stevens and Rod Langway as the fourth defenceman in Capitals history to be named to the NHL’s first all-star team.
SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM:
Defence – Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues) / Niagara IceDogs, Barrie Colts 2006-10
St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting after posting 52 points including a career-high 16 goals over 70 games. The 30-year-old from King City, Ont. helped the Blues capture the Stanley Cup last spring and has been named to the NHL’s second all-star team for the third time in his career.