Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Schenn Has the Credentials, but No Invite, to All-Star Game

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Schenn Has the Credentials, but No Invite, to All-Star Game

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DENVER -- Brayden Schenn leads the Blues and is tied for 19th in the NHL in goals with 17. He leads the Blues and is tied for seventh in the league in power play goals with seven.

Those are pretty good credentials but not good enough to get an invitation to the NHL All-Star game Jan. 25 at Enterprise Center.

"Obviously, it would've been nice to be going, especially it being in St. Louis," Schenn said. "At the same time, there's so many guys on our team that are having such good years. Our record speaks for itself.

"There's a lot of guys that are very capable of going. Schwartzy (Jaden Schwartz) could have been selected, too. He's having a great year. We're deep throughout our lineup. They pick a certain amount of guys and there's really nothing you can do about it."

With 34 points on 17 goals and 17 assists, Schenn is one of five Blues with 30 or more points this season. Obviously, they can't all go. Not when each division squad consists of only 11 players, and every team in the division is guaranteed one representative.

Goalie Jordan Binnington, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and center Ryan O'Reilly were chosen for the game by the NHL office. In addition, the league has listed David Perron as the Blues' candidate for the Last Man In vote. Fans can vote through Jan. 10 on NHL.com for a player they believe should be the "last man" named to his division all-star squad.

There is only one Last Man In candidate for each team, which makes Schenn the Odd Man Out this year. He represented the Blues (along with Pietrangelo) in the 2018 all-star game.

"It is what it is," Schenn said. "I think the all-star game, you just realize how tough it is to make. You look at all the players in the league that are left out. There's a long list of guys that are very capable of being there.

"I'm very happy for my teammates to get selected. …

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