The NHL didn't take long to fill the all-star game void created by injured Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, naming Predators rookie Filip Forsberg as his replacement at the 2015 game in Columbus.
Malkin was declared unable to play early Thursday afternoon due to a lower-body injury, and Forsberg was a relatively easy choice to replace the veteran center. The 20-year-old Swede leads all Preds scorers with 15 goals and 40 points in 45 games, and was already scheduled to participate in this year's all-star festivities as one of six freshmen selected to take part in the skills competition.
The NHL also announced Thursday Blues goalie Brian Elliott would replace injured Jackets all-star Sergei Bobrovsky. They'll have to select at least one more replacement player to fill in for injured Pens captain Sidney Crosby before Sunday's game – and in late-breaking news Thursday, they'll need to replace injured Avs defenseman Erik Johnson: