4 players who could replace Victor Hedman in the all-star game

The Tampa Bay Lightning got a big blow to their blue line Friday when it was announced that defenceman Victor Hedman would miss the next three to six weeks with a lower-body injury. While the news is bad for the Lightning, they’ve banked lots of points and should still be a favourite come playoff time.

But the news does hurt the Atlantic Division all-stars, who will be without one of the league’s best defenders for the 3-on-3 tournament at the end of January.

While replacing a player who is third among all blueliners in scoring is next to impossible, there are some good defencemen out there who could represent the Atlantic during all-star weekend.

Morgan Rielly — Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly is in the middle of a career year and has been so good that experts are even suggesting he could have gone to the Olympics. With 31 points in 45 games, he’s only six points away from setting a career high. In fact, Hedman is the only Atlantic defenceman with more points than Rielly. Add in his smooth skating ability and great passing and the Atlantic won’t miss a step.

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