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They Were Robbed! 7 NHL All-Star Game Snubs

By Daniel Friedman
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On Sunday, the NHL and the city of Columbus will host the 2015 All-Star Game. As always, there are some pretty notable snubs who will not be attending the festivities. Here are three from the local teams, as well as four others from outside the area:

1) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hank is one of the top goaltenders in the world, and though it's been suggested he politely asked not to play, his absence is still somewhat of a surprise.

2) P.K. Subban, Canadiens

P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Not only is Subban one of the most exciting defensemen in the game, but he's arguably one of the most exciting players in the sport, regardless of position. His exclusion is astounding.

3) Erik Karlsson, Senators

Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

See: Subban, P.K.

4) Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

There are people who will still tell you he's the best player in hockey. I don't necessarily agree with that sentiment, but I will say that he's one of the finest talents I've ever seen. He should've been selected.

5) Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals 

Nicklas Backstrom
Nicklas Backstrom (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Backstrom has 47 points in 46 games this season, and yet that somehow wasn't good enough to get him to Columbus. He's played a major role in the Capitals' climb up the Metropolitan Division standings.

6) Kyle Okposo, Islanders

Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

He's put up nearly identical point totals to John Tavares this season (Okposo has 44, Tavares has 45) and is having an outstanding year.

7) Jaromir Jagr, Devils

Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils
Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Even Patrik Elias admitted he didn't deserve to go to the All-Star game. Really, it's his teammate and fellow countryman Jagr who should get one last swan song. The soon-to-be 43-year-old has 25 points to Elias' 20 this season.

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