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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    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.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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    StamkosH. SedinNash
    ToewsE. StaalPerry

Team Lidstrom Lineup

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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