SAN JOSE, Calif. — Adam Fox is taking his talents to Las Vegas for the All-Star Game, at which the Rangers star will follow P.K. Subban as the second defenseman in NHL history to play in his first midseason extravaganza after having won the Norris Trophy.
Fox last year became the second defenseman ever, and the first since Bobby Orr in 1967-68, to win the Norris in his second NHL season. Subban, now with the Devils, won the award with the Canadiens in his third season (2012-13), three years before making his first appearance in the NHL All-Star Game.
Chris Kreider will join Fox in representing the Rangers on the 11-player Metropolitan Division squad, which will compete in the Feb. 5, three-on-three tournament competition. The Islanders’ Adam Pelech and the Devils’ Jack Hughes also will compete for the team that will be coached by the Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour and captained by the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin.
This will mark the second All-Star experience for Kreider, who stepped in as an injury replacement for Artemi Panarin in 2020. Kreider is tied for sixth in the NHL with 21 goals and second with 12 power-play goals. Fox is third among defensemen with 36 points (5-31) while tied for third with 31 assists.
Igor Shesterkin (15-4-2/2.09/.936) had the credentials to merit a spot. Since every team must be represented by at least one player, three would have amounted to one too many Rangers. Frederik Andersen and Tristan Jarry are the Metro’s goaltenders.
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Shesterkin has not had a full practice since Jan. 5, has not played since Jan. 2 and was just cleared from COVID-19 protocol Thursday morning after being sidelined for three games over the past week.
Yet all signs pointed to Shesterkin getting the assignment for the Rangers’ match against the Sharks on Thursday night once he was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate. Alexandar Georgiev received extra work while staying on with the spares and taxi squad.