Cam Atkinson – Likelihood of Selection: 35%
Cam Atkinson is the Blue Jackets best player this season and it’s not even close. His lack of “star power” though will seemingly hurt his chances of being nominated for the All-Star Game, but based purely on performance alone if there’s only one representative from Columbus it should be Atkinson.
If neither Atkinson nor Panarin go on a massive hot streak between now and the selection of the teams, we’ll be able to see whether the league truly values elite levels of play or if they value a player’s ability to market themselves more.
Atkinson was infamously left off of the captain voting, yet players like Nick Foligno and Sergei Bobrovsky who haven’t had the best seasons are left on the list.
Regardless of his nomination later this season, there’s not a case that can be made against Atkinson deserving to be in the All-Star game. All that remains to be seen is if he’s the NHL’s first choice for the Jackets representative or if he’s their second choice.
Atkinson is tied with Panarin for the team lead in points, however he’s created a large amount of his own opportunities and leads the team in goals by a large margin. Cam Atkinson will never be at the level of a Hart Trophy winner nor will he ever find himself at the top of the scoring leader boards, however he’s the best Columbus Blue Jackets player this season and he should be recognized as such by being an All-Star.