All the mock drafts, all the predictions, and all the guessing of who could go where is finally done and over. With the finishing of the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, the rosters are finalized, and now it's time to grade how the captains did in the school-yard pick.
Some of you might have read the joint-analysis Liz Brownstein and myself did earlier this week, where we analyzed our picks as if we were Nick Lidstrom and Eric Staal, respectively. Now that the excitement of the draft is over, it's time to see just how much the captains listened to our advice and what they did with their choices.
In case you missed it, Team Staal got the first pick, which immediately turned our previous mock-draft on its head since Liz, picking for Team Lidstrom, had the first selection. Not too surprising was the fact that Eric Staal went with an Eastern-Conference based team.
What was surprising was just how heavily Staal and his assistants based their team on the players from the East. Likewise, Lidstrom seemed to be picking with much more of a victory-oriented strategy while Eric Staal, under pressure from his home crowd, friends, and his teammates, seemed to pick guys he had played with before and other Carolina Hurricanes teammates to give the crowd someone to cheer for. The result gave a very clear picture of how the rest of this weekend might turn out, or at least a clear picture in my mind, and it heavily favors Team Lidstrom.
So, to give an idea of how Eric Staal did with his selections, I will grade each of his picks and give my analysis. You can find Liz's analysis of Team Lidstrom here.