The 31 year old Penguins defenseman has been voted into the NHL All Star Game by the fans after the NHL tweaked it’s All Star selection process once again and allowed the fans to pick one last player to send for each divisional team.
Letang, who will be playing in his fifth All Star Game has been having a career year this season, collecting 10g 28a and on pace to finish the season with 72 pts, which would surpass his personal season best of 67, which he posted in 15-16.
So congrats to Letang, it’s much deserved, as he is arguably a front runner Norris Trophy Candidate for his performance this year. But on the other hand…. It would’ve been nice for him to get some rest.
Kris Letang’s Injuries
Letang is by no means “fragile”, but he does have an extensive injury history. In his past 10 seasons, he has only played 82 games once, in 2010-2011. He has suffered a number of concussions, of course undisclosed lower body injuries, neck surgery, oh… and A MOTHERFUCKING STROKE.
Currently, Letang is sporting an average time on ice of just over 26 min/game, and put up over 32 minutes of ice time in a game against Washington in December. He is currently second only to Seth Jones in Ice Time. He plays ALOT. It would’ve been nice to let Letang rest a little bit over the All Star Break, but I guess that’s not possible. And it seem’s as if hes glad he got selected.
See you at the All Star game. Thanks to all the fans that voted for me 👏 https://t.co/loF4qlBh3e— Kristopher Letang (@Letang_58) January 11, 2019
I’m sure that Letang will keep up his pace of play and continue this Norris worthy season, but it would’ve been nice to see our boy get some much deserved rest.