NHL All-Star Game 2011: Why Lidstrom Has the Better Team

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NHL All-Star Game 2011: Why Lidstrom Has the Better Team
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So, last night was the All-Star game fantasy draft to determine which team each player would be on. And I'm going to admit I was pretty excited watching the captains make their selections. This new format is a great idea.

Even prior to the draft, I knew I'd be rooting for Team Lidstrom, but I was really curious would who draft the better team. As I watched it all unfold, pick after pick, I came to realize Lidstrom clearly had the better team. In fact, I knew after Round 6 of the draft. 

Without getting too serious about it, I think Lidstrom did have some kind of strategy going into it. Yes, he had the advantage of not having to please the home crowd like Staal did, and even though Staal got the first picks, it seemed like Lidstrom was the one who put together a better team and really determined the direction of the draft.

In this slide show, I will prove why Nicklas Lidstrom selected a much better team than Eric Staal in the All-Star Draft.

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