Flames’ Gaudreau will play in All-Star Game

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau. (Bill Boyce/AP)

He’s in, he’s out, he’s in again. Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau will play in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, the team announced Saturday.

Gaudreau was believed to be taking one of the spots vacated by Sidney Crosby and Erik Johnson on Friday, but reports of his inclusion were premature. The NHL shot down initial reports of Gaudreau jumping from a rookie ride-along to full fledged NHL All-Star.

The Flames announced via Twitter that the NHL’s second-leading scoring rookie will play in Sunday’s contest at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Calgary Flames on Twitter

Gaudreau has 13 goals and 35 points in 46 games with the Flames this season. He trails only Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators in scoring among rookies.

Forsberg and Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad are the only other rookies to be named All-Stars this season.

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