Hockey takes a break from game action to assemble in Ottawa for this afternoon's NHL All-Star, a showcase to display the top talent in the game today.

The spotlight will shine bright, highlighting some of the league's top players in Canada's capital city.

With two of the most recognizable players absent – Sidney Crosby continues to recover from a concussion while Alex Ovechkin opted out after being hit with a three-game suspension last week – one might argue that Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, the league's leading goal scorer entering the break, rests somewhere near the top of the list as a star among the stars.

"This game, the goal has always been (to be) kind of a top-five star," Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk said during Friday's media day. "I think it's (Pittsburgh's Evgeni) Malkin, Stamkos."

When the puck drops at ScotiaBank Place and the stars hit the ice for this year's gala event, the brightest stars in the game will take the stage. Stamkos, it would seem, should be near the top of that roster, even if he doesn't feel like he's part of the group.

"I don't really see myself as the guy leading the league in goals, it's hard for me," Stamkos said. "Through my eyes, I see areas that I need to improve and want to be that guy. But you never see yourself as one of the top players in the league. And I'm not sure why. But that's why, when you get selected for events like this, other people take notice.''