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Eberle, Letang headed to NHL All-Star Game

12/31/1969 07:00 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle has been named to Sunday's NHL All-Star game in Ottawa.

The Oilers announced the update on Monday.

Eberle replaces Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu, who has a shoulder injury.

The sophomore forward leads the Oilers in goals (17), assists (27) and points (44) and is second on the team in power-play goals (eight) and game winners (three).

The Regina native was nursing an injury when the all-star rosters were filled out 10 days ago and told Hockey Night in Canada's After Hours on Saturday that was probably a factor in the original decision.

"At the end of the day, I hope to be at a few of them," Eberle said.

Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang will head to his second all-star game, replacing Winnipeg blue-liner Dustin Byfuglien.

Letang seemed a surefire candidate through the first two months of the season to be selected for the game, but suffered a concussion on Nov. 26 that kept him out for several weeks.

He has points in all three games since returning last week for the Penguins. For the season, he has five goals and 18 assists in 26 games.

Edmonton rookie Ryan-Nugent-Hopkins as a rookie won't compete in the skills competition as planned due to injury, replaced by Minnesota's Nick Johnson.

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