Tomorrow night, the NHL will bring us something that has never been seen before: The NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.
Instead of East vs. West this year, the NHL has decided that they will have a Fantasy Draft to determine the teams.
The Detroit Red Wing's Nicklas Lidstrom and Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal are the Team captains and they will pick their teams this Friday. Lidstrom is joined by the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St.Louis, while Stall is joined by the Washington Capitals' Mike Green and the Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler.
The NHL is hyping the draft up by saying Ovechkin and Crosby(before he pulled out) could play together. They've also added the brother vs. brother gimmick in terms of the Staals and the Sedin twins.
While some people I've talked to don't like this new concept, I believe it adds a little bit of intrigue into a game that hasn't really mattered much in past years.
I know I'll be watching this Friday to see what happens. Since I'm watching it on TSN, I know I'll have to deal Pierre McGuire try to make sense of the picks and I guess I'm about to do the same thing but I think I can make it a little more interesting.
I'm going to flip a coin and... Team Staal gets the first pick
So with further a due, with the first pick in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, Team Staal selects...
It's quite simple, with Sidney Crosby out, Stamkos has the most goals out of the players in the All-Star game. It also keeps Stamkos from playing with his line-mate in Tampa Bay, Martin St.Louis.
With this pick, you know whats coming...
Just keeping the Sedins apart.
He has to go in the top five, even with the year he's having.
Apparently there's a rule that says that all six goaltenders be gone by round 10 so I believe Staal will pick up his team-mate in Carolina as soon as he can.
Lidstrom replies with quite possibly a better goaltender than Ward in Fleury
With the first defenseman taken, you have to go with the highest scoring one.
By the way, another rule says that all defensemen must be picked by round 15
Finally, a duo remains together.
Staal takes his second defense man of the draft.
The Chicago trifecta is completed.
Goalies now have to be snapped up quickly.
Lidstrom knows the Ducks well and how good Hiller is.
Team Staal finishes up it's goalie selections.
Team Lidstrom's defense is starting to look scary.
Team Staal is starting to look like Team North America with only two players not born in the Western Hemisphere.
Lidstrom continues to pick players he's familiar with.
Staal adds a teammate of his on the Gold Medal winning Team Canada from 2010
Most likely to be an All Star for many years to come.
Staal's defense isn't looking too shabby either.
Have no choice but to pick him now.
His blistering shot definitely helps.
To be an All Star after two injury plagued seasons is impressive.
One brotherly duo will stick together.
Another member of Team Canada 2010 goes to Team Lidstrom.
The first replacement player picked.
Their last pick before having to take the last two defensemen.
Team Staal adds a little bit of chemisty with their second straight Flyer picked.
Lidstrom selects his fellow Swede first.
Staal prevents Lidstrom from having all four Blackhawks by picking Sharp.
Earns the distinction of being the last defenseman picked.
Staal succeeds in picking all Hurricanes in the All-Star game.
Lidstom adds Richards linemate in Dallas.
He just can't get picked last.
Lidstrom takes the last non replacement player.
Duchene gets his Avalanche teammate to join him with Team Staal.
If Havlat was playing like the man he's replacing, Evgeni Malkin, he wouldn't be selected last.
1rst line: Steven Stamkos- Eric Staal- Rick Nash
2nd line: Ryan Kesler- Henrik Sedin- Daniel Briere
3rd line: Matt Duchene- Paul Stastny- Phil Kessel
4th line: Patrick Sharp- Jeff Skinner- Claude Giroux
1rst Defense Pair: Mike Green- Dustin Byfuglien
2nd Defense Pair: Kris Letang- Dan Boyle
3rd Defense Pair: Shea Weber- Marc Staal
Starting Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist
2nd Goalie: Tim Thomas
3rd Goalie: Cam Ward
1rst line: Alex Ovechkin- Jonathan Toews- Patrick Kane
2nd line: Daniel Sedin- Brad Richards- Corey Perry
3rd line: Loui Eriksson- Anze Kopitar- David Backes
4th line: Patrick Elias- Loui Eriksson- Martin Havlat
1rst Defense Pair: Nik Lidstrom- Duncan Keith
2nd Defense Pair: Zdeno Chara- Brent Burns
3rd Defense Pair: Erik Karlsson- Keith Yandle
Starting Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury
2nd Goalie: Carey Price
3rd Goalie: Jonas Hiller
If the teams are anything like this, I think it would be a very good game to watch. I tried to employ strategies that the captains might consider themselves, but that being said, I'm not Lidstrom or Staal.
This draft would have appeared a lot different if the big names like Crosby, Malkin, and Jarome Iginla hadn't dropped out.
Still, this Sunday's All-Star game should be very exciting.