With the NHL All-Star game being less than a week away, Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and my good friend Liz Brownstein and I decided it would be fun to put our analyst skills to the test in a head-to-head battle. And with the advent of this new format of the All-Star Game, what better way than to hold a mock-draft as though we were Captains in Raleigh ourselves.
So after dragging myself out of bed this morning, I met up with Liz and we proceeded to talk hockey and draft our teams.
Our rules were very similar to those that will be followed in the actual NHL Fantasy Draft that will take place this Friday:
-Teams are composed of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders, including captains and alternates.
-All 3 goaltenders must be selected by Round 10. All 6 Defensemen must be selected by round 15.
-Since several initially selected players are unable to attend the All-Star Game, we were each allowed to select one forward from the pool of rookies to fill our 12 spots.
-We flipped a coin to determine who would be "Team Lidstrom" and who would be "Team Staal." I was given Team Staal.
-Another coin flip revealed that Liz would make the first selection.
The first three slides will highlight my captain and alternates, and starting in slide 4 I will go through the draft round-by-round.
However, since we have no way of choosing who would actually win this contest ourselves, we leave that to you - our valued readers! Leave a comment on this article, or on Liz's found here and let us know who you think would come out on top if these two teams were to meet up on the ice.
Here is "Team Kyle."