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.
Team Alfredsson chooses: Jason Spezza
Team Chara chooses: Tim Thomas
Team Alfredsson chooses: Erik Karlsson
Team Chara chooses: Tyler Seguin
Team Alfredsson chooses: Brian Elliott
Team Chara chooses: Evgeni Malkin
Team Alfredsson chooses: Henrik Sedin
Team Chara chooses: Phil Kessel
Team Alfredsson chooses: Daniel Sedin
Team Chara chooses: Kris Letang
Team Alfredsson chooses: Ryan Suter
Team Chara chooses: Shea Weber
Team Alfredsson chooses: Brian Campbell
Team Chara chooses: Dion Phaneuf
Team Alfredsson chooses: Jimmy Howard
Team Chara chooses: Jonathan Quick
Team Alfredsson chooses: Kimmo Timonen
Team Chara chooses: Carey Price
Team Alfredsson chooses: Milan Michalek
Team Chara chooses: Keith Yandle
Team Alfredsson chooses: Dan Girardi
Team Chara chooses: Alex Edler
Team Alfredsson chooses: Dennis Wideman
Team Chara chooses: Jamie Benn
Team Alfredsson chooses: Pavel Datsyuk
Team Chara chooses: John Tavares
Team Alfredsson chooses: Marian Gaborik
Team Chara chooses: Jarome Iginla
Team Alfredsson chooses: Steven Stamkos
Team Chara chooses: Marian Hossa
Team Alfredsson chooses: Patrick Kane
Team Chara chooses: Logan Couture
Team Alfredsson chooses: Corey Perry
Team Chara chooses: Claude Giroux
Team Alfredsson chooses: Scott Hartnell
Team Chara chooses: James Neal
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.