NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft 2012: My Own Personal Fantasy Draft + Predictions

Shahriar Balouchi@13leafs01Contributor IIIJanuary 26, 2012

The NHL All-Star fantasy draft is set to go tonight on TSN at 7:30 PM ET.

I tuned in last year, but didn't really enjoy it all that much. Although I think that this year's NHL All-Star draft will be better with the subtraction of the NHL biggest loser Alex Ovechkin—who in my opinion is not deserving of being at the All-Star game—and also because of the mix of players on the ice.

Now, I know you're thinking that the mix of players is always good at the All-Star game, but this year there is a serious chance to see a powerhouse form on one side of the ice.

You all probably know by now the captains are Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson, with assistant captains Joffrey Lupul and Henrik Lundqvist, respectively.

Here is my mock draft, why this year's draft could be intriguing and where the powerhouse comes into play. The rules of the draft come courtesy of UltimateHockeySource.com:

A coin toss will decide first pick, with Alfredsson and Chara, joined by their assistant captains, alternately drafting the 38 remaining All-Stars through 19 rounds. Each team will consist of three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. To ensure that the final draft picks are true selections and not simply predetermined due to position requirements, each team's three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team's six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15.

The 12 Rookies participating in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be divided by the National Hockey League into two groups of six. At the completion of the 15th round of the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft, one NHL Rookie will be selected to choose which All-Star team his group will join for the skills competition.

The NHL Foundation and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund each will donate $10,000 on behalf of the All-Star selected with the final pick of the Draft to the grassroots hockey program of his choice.

 Let's say, for the sake of saving time, that Alfredsson wins the coin toss and picks first (real shocker, huh?). Here's how it could play out.


Round 1

Team Alfredsson chooses: Jason Spezza

Team Chara chooses: Tim Thomas


Round 2

Team Alfredsson chooses: Erik Karlsson

Team Chara chooses: Tyler Seguin


Round 3

Team Alfredsson chooses: Brian Elliott

Team Chara chooses: Evgeni Malkin


Round 4

Team Alfredsson chooses: Henrik Sedin


Team Chara chooses: Phil Kessel


Round 5

Team Alfredsson chooses: Daniel Sedin

Team Chara chooses: Kris Letang


Round 6

Team Alfredsson chooses: Ryan Suter

Team Chara chooses: Shea Weber


Round 7

Team Alfredsson chooses: Brian Campbell

Team Chara chooses: Dion Phaneuf


Round 8

Team Alfredsson chooses: Jimmy Howard

Team Chara chooses: Jonathan Quick


Round 9


Team Alfredsson chooses: Kimmo Timonen

Team Chara chooses: Carey Price


Round 10

Team Alfredsson chooses: Milan Michalek

Team Chara chooses: Keith Yandle


Round 11

Team Alfredsson chooses: Dan Girardi

Team Chara chooses: Alex Edler


Round 12

Team Alfredsson chooses: Dennis Wideman

Team Chara chooses: Jamie Benn


Round 13

Team Alfredsson chooses: Pavel Datsyuk

Team Chara chooses: John Tavares


Round 14

Team Alfredsson chooses: Marian Gaborik

Team Chara chooses: Jarome Iginla


Round 15

Team Alfredsson chooses: Steven Stamkos

Team Chara chooses: Marian Hossa


Round 16

Team Alfredsson chooses: Patrick Kane

Team Chara chooses: Logan Couture


Round 17

Team Alfredsson chooses: Corey Perry

Team Chara chooses: Claude Giroux


Round 18

Team Alfredsson chooses: Scott Hartnell


Team Chara chooses: James Neal


Round 19

Team Alfredsson chooses: Jordan Eberle

Team Chara chooses: Jason Pominville


I think with this draw, Team Chara is crazy-good. As you can see, Alfredsson would lean toward his teammates and choose Spezza first, with Chara taking Tim Thomas.

Having Chara, Phaneuf, Weber and Letang on one defense is just nuts, not to mention Malkin, Neal, Iggy, Kessel, Giroux and Benn possibly making up two crazy lines.

I do predict a final pick of Jason Pominville. I feel bad for the player that is chosen last, but there is a consolation prize of money and a car.

Plus, you're chosen from a group of elite players, so it is still an amazing honor to be in this group.


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