2012 NHL All-Star Game: Faster Skater Winner Predictions
One of the best things about All-Star Weekend has to be the Bridgestone Fastest Skater Competition. Past winners include Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders and Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks.
There are six rounds: one backwards, one of goaltenders, one of rookies, and two of regular All-Stars going forward. The two players with the fastest time from each team then go head-to-head in the finale.
The following slideshow presents who I think will be the winner from each round.
Backwards—Team Chara: Brian Campbell
Backwards—Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang
Backwards Winner: Brian Campbell
Considering Brian Campbell is quicker than former teammate Duncan Keith, and Kris Letang barely beat Keith last year in this event, I predict that Brian Campbell will pull a win for Team Chara.
Goaltender—Team Chara: Jimmy Howard
Goaltender—Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick
Goaltender Winner: Jonathan Quick
I predict that Jonathan Quick will win the Fastest Goaltender challenge, if only because of his last name.
Would it not be funny if he won?
Rookie—Team Chara: Colin Greening
Colin Greening of the Ottawa Senators will be Team Chara's rookie delegate in the Fastest Skater Competition.
Greening won the Senators' competition recently.
Rookie—Team Alfredsson: Carl Hagelin
Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers will be Team Alfredsson's Rookie delegate.
Hagelin, a former member of the Swedish Elite League, is known for his incredible speed.
Rookie Winner: Carl Hagelin
If Daniel Alfredsson, an Ottawa Senator, believes that Carl Hagelin will beat fellow Senator Colin Greening, then Hagelin has a great chance at victory.
Also, Hagelin is constantly toted as being one of the quickest rookies in the league.
All-Star One—Team Chara: Phil Kessel
All-Star One—Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle
All-Star One Winner: Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel will probably easily beat Keith Yandle, because Kessel is one of the quickest guys in the league.
All-Star Two—Team Chara: Marian Hossa
All-Star Two—Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson
All-Star Two Winner: Marian Hossa
Though Karlsson may be quick, Hossa should win this hands down.
I believe the finals will be between Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin.
This will be a close match, but Carl Hagelin may surprise us all and win. We'll see what happens, though.