Pageau still could make 2020 All-Star game

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 29: Thomas Chabot #72 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his third period goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 and Connor Brown #28 at Canadian Tire Centre on December 29, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 29: Thomas Chabot #72 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his third period goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 and Connor Brown #28 at Canadian Tire Centre on December 29, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Jean-Gabriel Pageau is having a great season for the Ottawa Senators, but didn’t make the main ballot for the All-Star game. He can still make it in, with the last man in ballot.

The NHL has decided the All-Star game players for the Atlantic Division. With forwards like Tyler Bertuzzi, Jack Eichel, Jonathan Huberdeau, Auston Matthews, David Pastrnak, and fellow Ottawa Senator, Anthony Duclair.

They are having a vote for the last man in to the all-star game. There is one player per team in the last man vote. Jean-Gabriel Pageau is the candidate for the Ottawa Senators, to be the last man into the 2020 NHL All-Star game in St. Louis.

You can vote Pageau to the all-star game at the NHL website, he needs your vote to send him to the much anticipated all-star game.

He’s having a wonderful season so far with 18 goals, one shy of a career high, and ten assists for 28 total points in 40 games played.

This would mark the first time in his career making it to the all-stars, but it’s unlikely he will win the fan vote though.

Other notable contenders are Steven Stamkos, Mitch Marner, Patrice Bergeron, Rasmus Dahlin and Aleksander Barkov. These are all very good NHL players and its very unlikely fans will appreciate Pageau more than these established NHLers.

One remarkable part of Pageau’s game that has always impressed me is his defensive play. He’s a +19 right now at the half way point of the campaign, and is a threat every game to steal pucks and get loose.

He’s an incredible penalty killer, one of the best, so his offence isn’t all that’s going for him this year.

He wears the “A” as alternate captain for the Senators along with Mark Borowiecki and Ron Hainsey. Thomas Chabot is wearing it now in the absence of Ron Hainsey because of injury.