Jake Voracek Represents Metropolitan Division On 'Last Men In' Ballot For 2022 NHL All-Star Game

By Will Chase on January 18, 2022 at 10:00 am
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jakub Voracek is celebrated for his 1000 career games ahead of the game against the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have the opportunity to send two players to the All-Star Game!

The NHL All-Star Game rosters were unveiled last week and Jake Voracek represents one of the eight 'Last Men In' nominees from the Metropolitan Division.

The All-Star Game will take place in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 5, and the Blue Jackets already have one representative heading west for the festivities in Zach Werenski.

Can No. 93 make it two?

If voted in, it would be Voracek's second career All-Star appearance after going to the 2015 game in Columbus. 

Currently, in COVID protocol, Voracek has 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) on the season. His 25 points are second on the Blue Jackets and he leads the club in assists, including 10 on the power play.

You can find the entire list of candidates alongside Voracek here including those making up the Metropolitan Division nominees:

  • Carolina Hurricanes: Forward Andrei Svechnikov — 12 goals, 16 assists, 28 points 
  • New Jersey Devils: Forward Jesper Bratt —10 goals, 22 assists, 32 points
  • New York Islanders: Forward Mathew Barzal — 7 goals, 15 assists, 22 points
  • New York Rangers: Forward Mika Zibanejad — 14 goals, 21 assists, 35 points
  • Philadelphia Flyers: Forward Cam Atkinson —15 goals, 13 assists, 28 points 
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Forward Jake Guentzel — 20 goals, 18 assists, 38 points
  • Washington Capitals: Foward Evgeny Kuznetsov — 12 goals, 26 assists, 38 points
Jake Voracek player card The Athletic

"With him, I feel like you just have to find the open space and he'll give you the puck so I gotta try to find that space a little more often, he'll definitely pass it."

Among all situations, Voracek is fourth in the NHL with 20 primary assists and one off the pace for most primary assists on the power play with eight. 

Is Voracek going to make the trip to Vegas for the All-Star Game?

Honestly, probably not. But hey, it's an exhibition game and it would be cool to see him out there with his buddy Werenski.

Voting ended Monday, Jan. 17 at 11:59 pm ET so we hope Blue Jackets fans stuffed the box for Voracek.

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