2012 NHL All-Star Game Mock Draft
The 2012 NHL All-Star Game captains and assistants have been named. The fantasy draft will take place on January 26th, televised at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, TSN and RDS.
So far, Team Alfredsson consists of Ottawa Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Team Chara consists of Boston Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul.
It is unknown which captain will select first, but for the sake of this mock draft, Team Alfredsson will be going first.
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson
Alfredsson made it clear that he will take teammate Erik Karlsson with his first pick. The 21-year-old defenseman is in the running for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman.
Team Chara: Tim Thomas
The six goalies will only be used for one period each, but how can Chara not take the biggest difference maker to his Stanley Cup victory?
Boston goalie Tim Thomas is having another excellent season.
Team Alfredsson: Evgeni Malkin
Despite missing several games this season, Evgeni Malkin leads the NHL in points. He's an easy pick for a game where teamwork is choppy and skills flourish.
Team Chara: Claude Giroux
Like Malkin, Giroux finds himself near the top of the NHL points leaders despite missing games this season.
Chara saw Giroux put up three points against his Bruins in Sunday afternoon's game. He is unlikely to want to defend the Flyers' best player again.
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos
Stamkos was the second pick of last year's All-Star draft (Eric Staal picked teammate Cam Ward first), and it is unlikely he will last very long this year.
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk
Over the past few years, Pavel Datsyuk has consistently been the best all-around player in the NHL.
While players like Sidney Crosby and the Sedin brothers can put up loads of points, Datsyuk does so whilst also excelling defensively.
If he ends up on a line with Giroux, good luck to whoever has to defend that pair of danglers.
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber
... But if there's a defender in the NHL who can defend Datsyuk and Giroux, it's Shea Weber. Alfredsson would be wise to get him.
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf
Thus far, Chara only has himself on defense. Look for him to add his assistant captain's teammate Dion Phaneuf.
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin
It is unlikely Chara will be picking any Canucks, but Alfredsson probably will not want to wait too long to acquire the highly-skilled forward.
Team Chara: Phil Kessel
As much as Chara might not want to pick former teammate Phil Kessel, it is only right to add him to the team with Lupul and Phaneuf.
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin
Alfredsson should try getting both Sedin twins if possible.
Team Chara: Marian Hossa
Chara's old Ottawa teammate Marian Hossa is back amongst the NHL's elite scorers for the first time since his 100 point season in 2006-07.
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliot
With most of the elite skaters gone, the captains could look to add their second goalies. Brian Elliot is having a very hot season in St. Louis.
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard
... And so is Detroit's Jimmy Howard.
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza
Alfredsson's teammate Spezza is having another great year. For the first time in two seasons, he may play more than 65 games.
Team Chara: John Tavares
John Tavares is beginning to show why he was selected first overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft.
At age 21, he is a point-per-game player.
Team Alfredsson: Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen is often a very overlooked defenseman. Those who have had to play against him may recognize this.
Of defensemen with at least 30 points, only Shea Weber has a better plus/minus rating than Timonen.
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin
Of course the Bruins' captain would want his leading scorer.
Just 20 years old and in his second season, Seguin leads the Bruins in points.
Team Alfredsson: Marian Gaborik
Expect assistant captain Lundqvist to make a push to pick his teammate Marian Gaborik.
Team Chara: Ryan Suter
Chara's team needs additional defensemen at this point, and Ryan Suter is probably the best one left.
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler
If Alfredsson added point-producing defenseman Alexander Edler to the drafted roster, his team would have all the Canucks' All-Stars.
Team Chara: Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick is no stranger to facing a heavy workload, and will probably do okay against the heavy offensive output the game will create.
Team Alfredsson: Carey Price
With Price being the last goalie available, Alfredsson is basically stuck with him.
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla
Out of respect, expect the veteran Jarome Iginla to be taken sooner rather than later.
Iginla recently joined the 500-goal club.
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville
Aside from Jason Pominville (and teammate Thomas Vanek), the Buffalo Sabres don't have much going for them this season.
Team Chara: Brian Campbell
Team Chara could use a point machine on defense like Campbell to help out offensively.
Campbell finds himself on the All-Star team again this year after a disappointing stint in Chicago.
Team Alfredsson: Jordan Eberle
Jordan Eberle was a late replacement for Mikko Koivu.
With rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins dropping out of the rookie festivities, Eberle will be the only Edmonton player participating in the All-Star weekend.
Team Chara: Scott Hartnell
It might be tough for Chara to pick a rival player like Scott Hartnell, but it would be beneficial to have Hartnell playing with his linemate Giroux in the game.
Hartnell replaced the injured Jonathan Toews.
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek
A lot of people were perplexed by the amount of Senators voted into the All-Star game.
However, the people who care most about the game are the ones voting. The fans in Ottawa made the effort to vote, so they should be rewarded with who they want to see.
Team Chara: Patrick Kane
If Hossa and Toews go to Chara, it only makes sense for the big man to pick the little man.
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi
With the players running low, expect assistant captain Lundqvist to make a push for his teammate.
Team Chara: Jamie Benn
This will be the first of many All-Star games for the young Jamie Benn.
Benn's points total has dramatically increased in both his second and third seasons.
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle
Over the past three seasons, the 25-year-old Keith Yandle established himself as a quality point-producing defenseman, averaging more than 50 points per 82 games.
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman
Might the conversation go something like this?
Chara: Oh, hey buddy. You're on pace for 55 points this season?
Wideman: Yeah, something like that.
Chara: Cool, welcome to the team. How come you only averaged 39 when you were in Boston?
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture
The 22-year-old Logan Couture is doing well again in his second full season.
A good player by most standards, he's not that special when surrounded by a group of the best hockey players in the world.
Team Chara: Kris Letang
Kris Letang is a recent addition to the All-Star roster, replacing injured defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.
Team Alfredsson: James Neal
James Neal was named as the replacement for Alex Ovechkin, who declined participation due to his three game suspension.
Neal was a quality player prior to this season, but the 24-year-old is having a major breakout with point-per-game numbers.
Team Chara: Corey Perry
It's not that Corey Perry is the worst player on the All-Star team; he won the Hart Memorial Trophy last season as the NHL's MVP.
Even in that season, when he was one of the top players in the league, he dropped all the way to 27th in the all-star draft.
Nobody seems to like playing against Perry, so expect him to go pretty late in the draft.
Team Alfredsson Roster
If the draft went as predicted in this slideshow, here is the Team Alfredsson roster.
Team Chara Roster
And here is the Team Chara roster as a result of this mock draft.
If these are the rosters, who wins?
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