While every major sport endorses fantasy sports to some degree, the NHL is the first of the major sports to dive into the phenomena that is a fantasy draft.
Kudos to the NHL for catering to the fans as none of the other major sports have. If the NFL had done this, many would be saying that it is why football is the No. 1 sport in the United States. The NHL seems to understand that the All-Star game, while fun for the players, is all about the fans.
In a format never adopted before in any sport two players from each conference selected to be the captains will choose from a pool of 36 players.
The team captains, Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom, were left with the dubious task of deciding if the Sedin twins would play together and whether Lidstrom would allow Staal to draft his teammates, goalie Cam Ward and center Jeff Skinner, to give Team Staal the hometown edge in Raleigh, N.C.
Would Staal draft his brother Marc, a defenseman from the Rangers, as their mother had requested he do?
Each team captain had alternate captains to help them make the picks. Team Staal had Ryan Kessler from Vancouver and Mike Green from Washington. Team Lidstrom had eight-time All-Star Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay and Patrick Kane from Chicago.
There is also the question to be answered of who would be this draft's "Mr. Irrelevant," the last pick in the draft. Be sure to click through the end to find out.
Here is a recap of each round and which team had the advantage in the round.