NHL All Star Game: Mock Draft of the New All-Star Game Format

Erik PaulCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

NHL All Star Game: Mock Draft of the New All-Star Game Format

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    Image Source: LA Times Blog
    Image Source: LA Times Blog

    As the NHL prepares to test out the brand new All Star Game Fantasy Draft format, everyone is wondering who will be picked first? Who will be picked last?

    Will Eric Staal pick his Hurricanes teammates Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner, or will Nicklas Lidstrom steal them away?

    Will Staal pick his brother Marc Staal, or does he want to go against him and try to make him look bad?

    Will Lidstrom's assistant captains, Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis, convince him to pick their teammates Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos? Or do the assistants want to play against their friends?

    On Friday afternoon, as the NHL has been telling us all year in their marketing, "Questions will become answers."

    For now, I'll take a shot at answering the questions with a mock draft.


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    Taylor Hall will be in the Canadian rookie group.
    Taylor Hall will be in the Canadian rookie group.Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

    1) All goalies must be picked by the 10th round.

    2) All defensemen must be picked by the 15th round.

    3) The 12 rookies will be split into two groups, and will flip a coin. The winning group will get to pick which All Star team they want to join, and the other rookie group will join the other team. For the purpose of this draft, I put all of the Canadian-born rookies on one team, and the international rookies on the other, with the internationals picking their team.

    4) The first pick will actually be decided with a coin toss, but I'm giving it to Staal since the game's in Carolina.

Assistant Captains

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 25: Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    Like the captains, the assistant captains were also voted in by the rest of the All Stars.

    Team Staal's Assistants

    Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks

    Mike Green, Washington Capitals

    Team Lidstrom's Assistants

    Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

    Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Round One

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23:  Ruslan Fedotenko #19 and Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers check Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2010 in New York City.
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    Team Staal Picks

    Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    With Sidney Crosby out, Steven Stamkos is the clear cut number one pick. As an added bonus, Team Staal keeps Stamkos away from St. Louis.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Despite an off year so far, Ovie seems to love the All Star Game and is always a threat to score. Plus, he's pretty likely to win the Breakaway Challenge in the SuperSkills.

Round Two

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 24: Daniel Sedin #22 celebrates with brother Henrik Sedin #33 and Christian Ehrhoff #5 of the Vancouver Canucks after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in NHL action on November 24, 2010 at Rogers
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    Team Staal Picks

    Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Team Staal has goal scorers with Staal, Stamkos, and Kesler, and needs a set–up man. Henrik Sedin is one of the best.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    A great defensive play by Team Lidstrom to keep the Sedin twins apart. Daniel is more of a scorer than Henrik, which will work well with the playmakers on Team Lidstrom.

Round Three

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16:  Goaltender Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on December 16, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

    Tim Thomas has been the best goalie in the league this season, and is the most likely of the goalies to make ridiculous saves when he's down and out.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

    Team Lidstrom steals away Staal's Carolina teammate in a move to get the hometown crowd on their side.

Round Four

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    RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 17:  Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates with the puck against Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins during the game on February 17, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

    Staal has had more than enough of playing against Zdeno Chara in the regular season and playoffs, so he chooses Chara as a teammate.

    Also, Chara is almost guaranteed to win the Hardest Shooter in the SuperSkills.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes

    If there's a guy who's going to be trying to prove himself at this game, it's Skinner. Plus, the youngest All Star ever will sway the crowd to Team Lidstrom's side.

Round Five

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Patrick Kane #88 (R) of the Chicago Blackhawks scores at 6:08 of the third period against the New York Rangers and is joined by Jonathan Toews #19 (L) at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2010 in New York City. The Rangers defea
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    Team Staal Picks

    Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

    Last weekend, Team Lidstrom assistant Patrick Kane was trash-talking good friend Jonathan Toews, saying that he hopes Toews is the last guy picked.

    Toews wittily responded that Kane wants to win the All Star MVP truck this year, and the only hope he has of that is if Toews is feeding him pucks all game.

    It will be fun to watch the two Hawks stars go head-to-head.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Brad Richards, Dallas Stars

    Richards will be the top line center for Team Lidstrom, and will be feeding Ovechkin all game long.

Round Six

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    PITTSBURGH - JUNE 02:  Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins defends the goal against Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 2, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pe
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    Team Staal Picks

    Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

    There's nothing wrong with adding a Stanley Cup champion goalie to the roster, and Staal knows Fleury can stop Lidstrom last-second if he has to.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

    Kane convinces captain Lidstrom to pick his teammate and defending Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith. Keith's skating ability will help Team Lidstrom in the game.

Round Seven

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators shoots from the point under pressure from Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Staples Center on November 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings de
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    Team Staal Picks

    Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

    Weber and Chara are such a good shutdown pair that they can stop the opposition forwards, even in a game that features little-to-no defense.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

    Another fantastic center for Team Lidstrom to complement Kane, St. Louis, Ovechkin, and Sedin on the wings.

Round Eight

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    COLUMBUS,OH - NOVEMBER 2:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets fires a shot on Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period on November 2, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets

    One of the best power forwards in the game joins Team Staal to play on an increasingly intimidating line up.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    Team Lidstrom continues to go with youth as they load up their crease.

Round Nine

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    CHICAGO - JANUARY 16: Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts a shot against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers as defenseman Paul Mara #27 pushes him on January 16, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers def
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    Team Staal Picks

    Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Team Staal finishes picking their goalies by adding Swedish superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers

    Kane again weighs in and convinces Lidstrom to pick former Hawk Dustin Byfuglien who's challenging Lidstrom for the Norris Trophy.

Round 10: All Goalies Must Be Picked

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    ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal with his teammates as goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on in the third period at the Honda Center on November 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The
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    Team Staal Picks

    Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

    The defenseman who plays the most in front of Team Staal goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will continue to do so when he joins Team Staal.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks

    Rounding out the goalie picks, Team Lidstrom picks NHL wins leader Jonas Hiller.

Round 11

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 15:  Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes passes the puck during the NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Jobing.com Arena on January 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 6-2.  (Photo by Christian Peters
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    Team Staal Picks

    Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Who better to score on Hiller than the leading scorer from his regular team? Perry keeps up the intimidation factor too.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes

    The late addition to the game certainly won't be the last one picked since he should have been there in the first place. He is the highest scoring defenseman in the league after all.

Round 12

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 25: Brent Burns #8 of the Minnesota Wild controls the puck against Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Dan
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    Team Staal Picks

    Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild

    The smooth-skating Wild defender is second in the league for goals by a defenseman. That's all you really need in an All Star Game, isn't it?

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

    The lone Sharks representative joins Team Lidstrom after years of being haunted by Team Lidstrom and the Wings. He's one of the best skaters in the league too.

Round 13

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20:  Daniel Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators on January 20, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers

    Another late addition to the game, Briere easily could have been a choice originally as he sits fifth in the league in goals. His shiftiness should come in handy with the lack of defense being played.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

    Team Lidstrom continues to employ a strategy of picking youth who probably want to prove themselves against the guys who have been All Stars several time before. Duchene's speed will be an asset.

Round 14

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 09:  Paul Stastny #26 and Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche talk during warm ups prior to facing the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center on November 9, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars

    Team Staal keeps Eriksson away from his Dallas linemate Brad Richards by picking him. Maybe the Swedish sniper will pretend he's Daniel and play the wing with Henrik Sedin.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche

    Lidstrom adds Duchene's Colorado teammate who was another injury replacement at the last minute. He should have something to prove.

Round 15: All Defensemen Must Be Picked

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers skates against his brother Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on January 5, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

    Eric Staal keeps true to his pre-draft mocking of brother Marc, and makes him the last defenseman picked by drafting Erik Karlsson. Youngster Karlsson is a very good skater and should perform well in his first All Star Game.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Marc Staal, New York Rangers

    The last defenseman left, Marc Staal will certainly be looking for a bit of revenge on brother Eric for not picking him.

Rookie Break: Let Them Pick Sides

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16:  Jamie McBain #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes pushes the puck up the ice against Bryan Little #10 of the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on December 16, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    International Rookies Pick Team Staal

    Evgeny Dadonov, Florida Panthers

    Oliver Ekman–Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes

    Michal Grabner, New York Islanders

    Jamie McBain, Carolina Hurricanes

    Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado Avalanche

    Derek Stepan, New York Rangers

    Carolina rookie defenseman Jamie McBain (USA) convinces the international rookies to side with Carolina captain Eric Staal.

    Canadian Rookies Join Team Lidstrom

    Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

    Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres

    Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks (Plays for USA, but born in Canada)

    Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers

    Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins

    PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens

Round 16

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    PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks is stopped by Michael Leighton #49, Claude Giroux #28, and Oskars Bartulis #3 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2
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    Team Staal Picks

    Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

    Giroux joins Philly teammate Briere on Team Staal. His slick moves and good speed make him likely to perform well.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks

    Team Lidstrom snags the last of the defending Stanley Cup champions, and leaves Chicago captain Jonathan Toews to go against all of his teammates.

Round 17

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    CHICAGO - MAY 22:  (L-R) Jonathan Toews #19, Martin Havlat #24 and Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Patrick Sharp scored a power play goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the Western Confere
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    Team Staal Picks

    Martin Havlat, Minnesota Wild

    Yet another injury replacement joins Team Staal to possibly form the shiftiest line in the All Star Game if he plays with Giroux and Briere. The former Hawks also finds back with Jonathan Toews.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    David Backes, St. Louis Blues

    The St. Louis star can do just about everything, and playing in his first All Star Game, will probably want to show that he deserves to be there.

Round 18

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 25: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    Team Staal Picks

    Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils

    Team Staal goes with left winger Patrik Elias of the Devils to finish off the team.

    Team Lidstrom Picks

    Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs

    And the last pick of the draft is Toronto's Phil Kessel! Maybe he'll surprise everyone and win the MVP...

Team Staal Lineup

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05:  Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 5, 2011 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Ima
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    StamkosH. SedinNash
    ToewsE. StaalPerry

Team Lidstrom Lineup

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22:  Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings skates in a game against the Chicago Black Hawks on January 22, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Hawks defeated the Wings 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Imag
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    Ovechkin B. Richards St. Louis
    D. Sedin Kopitar Kane
    Skinner Duchene Sharp
    Backes Stastny Kessel
    Lidstrom Keith  
    Yandle Byfuglien  
    Boyle M. Staal