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Thomas Vanek selected to NHL YoungStars game

BUFFALO (LGS) — Thomas Vanek will join a few of his teammates in Dallas during the upcoming NHL All-Star break but he won't be participating in the main event.

That's because earlier on Saturday Vanek was selected to participate in the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game that will take place before the NHL SuperSkills competition on Tuesday, January 23rd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Vanek — whose 23 goals ties him for the team-lead with Chris Drury — will join other future NHL stars in this unique four-on-four game.

The 6-foot-2, Austrian right winger also has 23 assists for 46 points which ranks third overall on the Sabres. His +23 rating is third overall in the entire NHL.

St. Louis Blues forward and West Seneca native Lee Stempniak — a teammate of mine at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, NY — was selected to play for the Western Conference YoungStars.

The NHL also released the entire All-Star game rosters Saturday. Outside of Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller who were voted in by the fans, no other Sabres' player was selected by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.

All 30 teams have at least one representative playing.

YoungStars East Roster: YoungStars West Roster:
G-Kari Lehtonen (ATL)
D-Mike Green (WSH)
D-Andrej Meszaros (OTT)
D-Ryan Whitney (PIT)
F-Patrick Eaves (OTT)
F-Phil Kessel (BOS)
F-Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
F-Zach Parise (NJD)
F-Jordan Staal (PIT)
F-Alex Steen (TOR)
F-Thomas Vanek (BUF)
G-Peter Budaj (COL)
D-Matt Carle (SJS)
D-Brent Seabrook (CHI)
D-Ladislav Smid (EDM)
D-Shea Weber (NSH)
F-Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)
F-Jussi Jokinen (DAL)
F-Anze Kopitar (LAK)
F-Alexander Radulov (NSH)
F-Lee Stempniak (STL)
F-Wojtek Wolski (COL

CLICK HERE for the complete NHL All-Star Game Rosters released today by the NHL.

By Paul Szeglowski, LGS Site Manager
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