Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov will not be heading to Vegas for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game on Feb. 4-5 after missing out on the NHL’s “Last Men In” vote.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel won the fan vote and will be the Metropolitan Division’s “Last Man In.”
Alex Ovechkin, who dominated the first fan vote to become captain of the Metro, will be the only Capitals player in attendance for the festivities.
While Kuznetsov didn’t win the vote, he has certainly been having an All-Star worthy campaign. The 29-year-old is on quite the revenge tour after a rough 2020-21 and has silenced critics with 12 goals and 38 points in 36 games.
Kuznetsov is also on a four-game point streak and has been helping to lead the charge on the top line.
On the bright side, Kuznetsov has said this season that he has been finding the smile and joy in his game again, and he’ll have the break to get rezt for the second half and playoff push.