It's finally time for the Western Conference All-Division teams. Last week the Eastern Conference All-Division Teams were revealed so if you missed that check it out. Lot's of very tough calls in selecting the Western Conference All-Division teams as there always is. The Central Division in particular was difficult to select overall but here are my picks.
Division Winner: St. Louis Blues (109 Points)
Number of Playoff Teams: 5 (STL, NSH, CHI, MIN, WIN)
Points Leader: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars (87)
Goals Leader: Tied at 37 Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars and Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Assist Leader: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars (52)
Highest Scoring Defensemen: Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (55)
Highest Scoring Rookie: Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators (63)
Goals Wins: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators (41)
Best Save-Percentage: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild (.929)
Best Goals-Against Average: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild (2.07)
First Team All-Central
LW: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars (35G-52A-87P in 82GP)
C: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (28G-38A-66P in 81GP)
RW: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues (37G-36A-73P in 77GP)
D: Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (15G-40A-55P in 81GP)
D: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks (10G-35A-45P in 80GP)
G: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild (36-14-4 2.07GAA .929SV%)
Reasoning: Benn led the league in points, scored 35 goals, and if not for an unfortunate injury to Seguin may have brought the Stars to playoffs for the second straight season. Toews is just so good at everything. One of the best two-way players in the league, great captain and leader, and comes up clutch for the Hawks regularly. Tarasenko brought his game to another level this year. Tarasenko doesn't just score, he puts opponents on the wrong side of his highlight reels. Josi was just unreal this year for the Preds and with Weber formed arguably the best pairing in the NHL. Keith is just consistently one of the best defensemen in the league and the anchor of the Blackhawks defense. What a run Devan Dubnyk had for the Wild. Absolutely dominant in net for nearly the entire second half of the season and now a Vezina Finalist.
Second Team All-Central
LW: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild (33G-29A-62P in 74GP)
C: Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators (26G-37A-63P in 82GP)
RW: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars (37G-40A-77P in 71GP)
D: Shea Weber, Nashville Predators (15G-30A-45P in 78GP)
D: Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets (18G-27A-45P in 69GP)
G: Pekka Rinna, Nashville Predators (41-17-6 2.23GAA .923SV%)
Reasoning: Parise had a phenomenal year for the Wild and had his best year in Minnesota despite dealing with the unfortunate passing of his father. Forsberg definitely made his mark in his first full NHL season. Playing in all 82 games, Forsberg racked up 26 goals and 63 points. Seguin is such a lethal goalscorer and along with Jamie Benn makes Dallas a team to watch out for next season. As has already been said Weber and Josi together were unreal this season. The guy is just flat out hard to play against. Big Buff provided so much for the Jets this year both on and off the ice. His 18 goals this season are also the second most among defenders in the West. Wanna know why Nashville went from finishing 10th in the West last season to third this season? Pekka Rinne. If not for the ridiculous run Dubnyk had to end the season, Rinne is the best goalie in the Central without a question.
Division Winner: Anaheim Ducks (109 Points)
Number of Playoff Teams: 3 (ANA, VAN, CAL)
Goals Leader: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks (37)
Assist Leader: Daniel Sedin (56)
Highest Scoring Defensemen: Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks (60)
Highest Scoring Rookie: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames (64)
Goalie Wins: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (36)
Best Save-Percentage: Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks (.921)
Best Goals-Against Average: Jonathan Quick (2.24)
First Team All-Pacific
LW: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (20G-56A-76P in 82GP)
C: Jiri Hudler, Calgary Flames (31G-45A-76P in 78GP)
RW: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (33G-22A-55P in 67GP)
D: Drew Doughty, LA Kings (7G-39A-46P in 82GP)
D: Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks (17G-43A-60P in 82GP)
G: Jonathan Quick, LA Kings (36-22-13 2.24GAA .918SV%)
Reasoning: Sedin was tied for points lead among Pacific Division players with 76 and led everybody in his division with 56 assists. Hudler was playing at nearly a point per game pace for the Flames and topped 30 goals for the first time in his NHL career. Perry was limited to 67 games this season but still scored 33 goals and helped the Ducks earn the top spot in the Western Conference. Doughty is a Norris Finalist and such a dynamic defensemen for the Kings. Burns was one of the few bright spots in a turbulent season for the Sharks hitting the 60 point mark after switching back to defense from forward. Quick was solid in net as always for the Kings but unfortunately Los Angeles couldn't crawl into the playoffs with a late season run this year.
Second Team All-Pacific
LW: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames (24G-40A-64P in 80GP)
C: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks (37G-33A-70P in 82GP)
RW: Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks (31G-32A-63P in 79GP)
D: TJ Brodie, Calgary Flames (11G-30A-41P in 81GP)
D: Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames (11G-37A-48P in 61GP)
G: Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks (35-12-5 2.38GAA .914SV%)
Reasoning: Gaudreau was unbelievable for Calgary this year. Led all rookie scorers in the Western Conference and tied for the league lead with Mark Stone at 64 points. Pavelski flew under the radar with everything else going on in San Jose this season but he showed his 41 goal season in 2013-2014 wasn't a fluke with 37 this year. Vrbata fit right in with Vancouver's forward group scoring 31 goals in his first season for the Canucks. Giordano would have been a serious Norris contender this season if he stays healthy. Meanwhile, T.J. Brodie recorded his first 40 point season and posted a career best +15 rating. Andersen gave the Ducks the goaltending they needed to be among the top teams in the West this season.
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