NHL All Star Game Fantasy Draft: Predicting Picks 11-20
The NHL All-Star fantasy draft will once again be one of the more interesting events of All-Star weekend due to the drama it creates among players and the pressure of waiting to be selected.
In my prediction of the first 10 picks, listed here, I predicted that the team captains would be the home team captain, the Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson, and to make things interesting, the visiting team captain would be Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
So without further to do, here are picks 11-20.
Comments, suggestions and disagreeing are all welcome.
Team Alfredsson's Sixth Pick: Alexander Ovechkin
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Alexander Ovechkin has had a down season by his standards:
17 goals and 16 assists in 39 games.
On the tails of last season's 85-point performance (and first performance of under 46 goals), Ovechkin's fantasy stock is deteriorating.
But that doesn't mean the young Russian superstar cannot contribute in the All-Star game, and that's why I think he will be selected at 11th overall, and will be the sixth pick by Team Alfredsson.
Ovechkin is still the best power forward in the NHL, even if his fantasy points do not reflect that fact, and there is no reason that he should be waiting any longer to be selected.
This time, maybe it will be Phil Kessel who takes pictures of Ovechkin still sitting on the bench, well after Kessel is chosen.
Team Phaneuf's Sixth Pick: Jonathan Toews
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Jonathan Toews seems to do everything well.
Toews gets to the net and can score, but he also racks up assists like it's his job (38 assists over his previous four seasons).
Toews' offensive abilities are also supplemented by his effort in the defensive zone, and his takeaway-to-giveaway number reflects that, at over 3:1.
He comes off the board here at No. 12 overall and sixth overall by Team Phaneuf.
Team Alfredsson's Seventh Pick: Shea Weber
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Shea Weber missed four games due to a concussion, but looks to be back on track with a goal in his last contest.
Weber has one of the fastest slap shots in the NHL, and he broke the webbing in a net during the Olympics in Vancouver.
Apparently, he also has a knack for trick shots, scoring a goal from section 317!
He has 30 points in 37 games, and he will come off the board here at 13th overall to Team Alfredsson.
Team Phaneuf's Seventh Pick: Zdeno Chara
While we're on the topic of hardest shot, we have to throw 6'9" Zdeno Chara's name into the pot.
Zdeno Chara has the hardest shot in the NHL, as evidenced by a previous All-Star game, at which Chara hit a a record 105.9 MPH slap shot!
Dion Phaneuf can certainly appreciate a hard slap shot, and Chara will be of great use to Team Phaneuf in the skills competition.
Team Alfredsson's Eighth Pick: Henrik Lundqvist
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Some people might see Henrik Lundqvist falling to 15th overall as a slap in the face.
But last time I checked, the All-Star game isn't about goaltending.
Lundqvist has some stellar numbers in goal despite splitting starts with backup goalie Martin Biron.
"King" Henrik's statistics do not lie: an 18-7-4 record, a 93.9 save percentage, and a 1.89 GAA.
Not bad for a former seventh-round draft pick—but look for him to go in the eighth round of this one.
He will be the second goalie on Team Alfredsson.
Team Phaneuf's Eighth Pick: Brian Elliott
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Brian Elliott may not get the respect he deserves because he plays in a smaller market.
But his numbers do not lie.
Even though he has dropped three of his last five games, Elliott is still 15-5-0, with a 94.0 save percentage, a 1.62 GAA, and five shutouts.
He is benefiting greatly from Ken Hitchcock's improved defensive schemes in St. Louis.
Elliott comes off the board here with Phaneuf's eighth pick overall.
Team Alfredsson's Ninth Pick: Brian Campbell
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Alfredsson needs another defenseman here with this pick, as he has just Karlsson and Weber to this point.
Since the All-Star game is all about offense, why not go with the offensive defenseman Brian Campbell, who currently sits at third in the NHL in assists with 30?
Campbell's career high in assists is 45, which came in 2008-09 with the Blackhawks.
He definitely looks like he will break that this season with the Florida Panthers.
Campbell gets taken here with Alfredsson's ninth pick.
Team Phaneuf's Ninth Pick: Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul lucked out this year when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lupul was selected seventh overall by the then Anaheim Mighty Ducks back in the 2002 NHL entry draft.
He never quite turned out the way the Ducks had hoped, and he had bounced around before landing back with the Ducks last season.
He was traded to Toronto this past offseason, and he has 47 points in 41 games.
His previous career high is 53—I wonder if he will smash that mark or not.
Considering the Maple Leaf connection, Phaneuf will finally select his teammate with his ninth selection.
Team Alfredsson's Tenth Pick: Milan Michalek
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Once again, Alfredsson will select Michalek for his team in an effort to gain more hometown fan support (as if there wasn't enough already).
Michalek has 20 goals, good for sixth in the league.
Having said that, Michalek could have scored more if he had not missed a few games with a concussion.
But he will be selected by this point (if not sooner) by Team Alfredsson.
Team Phaneuf's Tenth Pick: Pavel Datsyuk
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For all intents and purposes, Pavel Datsyuk could be selected a lot earlier than 20th overall and as the 10th selection by Team Phaneuf.
Datsyuk currently has 43 points in 41 games, and banked the puck in off one of the Blackhawks' defenseman for the game-winning goal in overtime last night against Chicago.
The goal was from an impossible angle, but with Datsyuk, nothing is really impossible.
Datsyuk can stick handle and dangle with the best of them—he might be the best dangler in the league.
He will get picked up here, at the latest: 20th overall, and 10th overall for Team Phaneuf.
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