2019 NHL All-Star Game roster released

The host city is sending three players to All-Star Weekend.

The NHL has announced the rosters for the 2019 All-Star Game that will take place in San Jose later this month. As hosts, the Sharks will have a few representatives on the Pacific Division team.

Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski will be sent on behalf of the Sharks.

After a slow start to the season following the blockbuster trade that sent him to San Jose, Erik Karlsson has been picking up steam. His 16 assists in the month of December ties him with Joe Thornton (three times!) and Kelly Kisio for most assists by a Sharks player in a calendar month. Karlsson is currently second among Sharks defensemen in points, behind a certain Wookie. This is his sixth All-Star appearance and first as a member of the Sharks organization.

Brent Burns, making his fifth straight all-star appearance and sixth appearance overall, leads the Sharks with 40 points on the season. Last month, he came in third behind Morgan Reilly and Erik Karlsson for most points by a D-man in December with 14.

Joe Pavelski will be making his third career All-Star appearance. Pavelski currently leads the Sharks in goals with 23, while coincidentally shooting at 23 percent. He is one of six Sharks with 30 or more points on the season.

Pavelski, Burns and Karlsson will team up with Johnny Gaudreau of the Flames, Clayton Keller of the Coyotes, Pacific Division Captain Connor McDavid of the Oilers, Elias Pettersson of the Canucks and Drew Doughty of the Kings. John Gibson and Marc-Andre Fleury, from the Ducks and Golden Knights respectively, will backstop the Pacific Division team.

Here's the competition:

Atlantic Division

Forwards: Jack Eichel, Sabres (2nd), Nikita Kucherov, Lightning (3rd), Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs (3rd), David Pastrnak, Bruins (1st), Steven Stamkos, Lightning (6th), John Tavares, Maple Leafs (6th)

Defensemen: Thomas Chabot, Senators (1st), Keith Yandle, Panthers (3rd)

Goalies:Carey Price, Canadiens, Jimmy Howard, Red Wings

Metropolitan Division

Forwards: Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes (1st), Cam Atkinson, Blue Jackets (2nd), Mathew Barzal, Islanders (1st), Sidney Crosby, Penguins (8th), Claude Giroux, Flyers (6th), Taylor Hall, Devils (5th)

Defensemen: Seth Jones, Blue Jackets (3rd), John Carlson, Capitals (1st)

Goalies: Braden Holtby, Capitals (4th), Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers (6th)

Central Division

Forwards: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (8th), Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche (3rd), Ryan O’Reilly, Blues (1st), Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche (1st), Mark Scheifele, Jets (1st), Blake Wheeler, Jets (2nd)

Defensemen: Miro Keiskanen, Stars (1st), Roman Josi, Predators (2nd)

Goalies: Devan Dubnyk, Wild (3rd), Pekka Rinne, Predators (3rd)

Auston Matthews will captain the Atlantic Division and Nathan MacKinnon will captain the Central. Alex Ovechkin was to captain the Metropolitan, but has informed the NHL that he does not intend to attend the event. No replacement has been named yet.

Introduced this season will be a contest to include one final fan selection to each division team. The League’s Hockey Operations Department has selected one player from each team considered "All-Star caliber" that was not named to the initial roster. Fans will vote on the "last man in" from Jan. 3 at 9 a.m. PST to at 8:59 p.m. PST. on Thursday, Jan. 10. Fans can vote at  NHL.com/Vote.

The Last Man In nomination for the Sharks is Logan Couture. Couture was the NHL Rookie All-Star team captain in 2011, as well as named to the All-Star Game in 2012.

The full Last Man In nomination list follows:

Atlantic Division

Patrice Bergeron, Bruins

Jeff Skinner, Sabres

Dylan Larkin, Red Wings

Aleksander Barkov, Panthers

Shea Weber, Canadiens

Mark Stone, Senators

Brayden Point, Lightning

Morgan Rielly, Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

Teuvo Teravainen, Hurricanes

Nick Foligno, Blue Jackets

Kyle Palmeri, Devils

Anders Lee, Islanders

Mats Zuccarello, Rangers

Jakub Voracek, Flyers

Kris Letang, Penguins

Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

Central Division

Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks

Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche

Tyler Seguin, Stars

Zach Parise, Wild

Filip Forsberg, Predators

Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues

Patrik Laine, Jets

Pacific Division

Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes

Mark Giordano, Flames

Leon Draisaitl, Oilers

Anze Kopitar, Kings

Logan Couture, Sharks

Brock Boeser, Canucks

Jonathan Marchessault, Golden Knights

The 2019 NHL All-Star game will take place on Jan. 26., at 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. EST and be broadcast in the United States on NBC.