NHL All-Star Game: Mock Draft

Simon Cherin-Gordon@SimoncgoContributor IIIJanuary 12, 2011

NHL All-Star Game: Mock Draft

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 11: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck during NHL action on December 11, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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    The new format for the NHL All-Star game is not going to make the game more exciting, make the players care more or even necessarily increase fan interest. But it will give us Bleacher Report writers a chance to make a multitude of slideshows.

    For the sake of writing an interesting article, I'm going to pretend that the players actually do care about winning this game, so bear with me.

    I'm also going to pretend that the teams are forced to draft based on this specific structure:

    First six rounds = starting five + starting goalie (team A picking first)

    7-12 = second line + second d-pair + second goalie (team B picking first)

    13-18 = third line + third d-pair + third goalie (team B picking first)

    19-21 = fourth line (team A picking first)

The Captains

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on while playing against the Washington Capitals during the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jami
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    The players get to vote on the captains and will make their selections based on respect. The reigning Art Ross winner, Henrik Sedin, will represent one team, and the guy who will take his trophy away from him this summer, Sidney Crosby, will be the other captain.

Starting Six

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    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 31:  Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Thrashers 3-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The Crosbys: With the first pick, Sid will choose a guy to build his team around, a D-man who adds a dimension to the attack. Dustin Byfuglien

    The Sedins: Henrik is one of the top playmakers in the game and will select the most dynamic goal-scorer available not-named Sidney Crosby. Steven Stamkos

    The Crosbys: Trying to maintain his leg up, Crosby will take, in his mind, the best goalie available. Tim Thomas

    The Sedins: Worried that Sid will add a third defensive-minded player before getting one of his own, Henrik takes the best pure D-man available. Nick Lidstrom

    The Crosbys: In a brilliant strategic move, Crosby makes a pick that not only helps his team, but hurts Henrik's. Daniel Sedin

    The Sedins: Henrik decides to brush off Sid's mind games, and instead of snagging Malkin away from him, gives his team the better top line. Alex Ovechkin

    The Crosbys: Knowing Henrik needs another D-man before going back to forwards, Sid continues to play it smart. Shea Weber

    The Sedins: Henrik is no longer scrambling now that he knows Sid needs two more forwards. Henrik Lundqvist

    The Crosbys: Sid makes Henrik pay for his missed opportunity. Evgeni Malkin

    The Sedins: Henrik finishes off his D pairing by adding another big enforcer. Zdeno Chara


Second Unit

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 16: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 16, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    The Sedins: Despite having the first pick this time around, Henrik continues to focus solely on getting the best guy available. Jonathan Toews

    The Crosbys: Sid tries to grab a leg up by starting the D bidding early once again. Dan Boyle

    The Sedins: Not biting, Henrik nabs the clear-cut best goalie left. Carey Price

    The Crosbys: Sid adds some punch to his team. Literally. Corey Perry

    The Sedins: Henrik gives Toews a perfect option on the wing. Claude Giroux

    The Crosbys: Recognizing Henrik's lack of a second wing, Sid passes up his top C and adds even more deadly goal scoring. Rick Nash

    The Sedins: Henrik, trying to keep his team balanced and efficient, adds a do-it-all D-man. Mike Green

    The Crosbys: Sid maintains his extra step by finishing his D-pairing first AND adding another teammate. Kris Letang

    The Sedins: Unfazed, Henrik adds a guy he likes even more on the blue line. Duncan Kieth

    The Crosbys: Looking for a playmaker to anchor his attack, Sid makes a rare "best guy available" pick. Martin St. Louis 

    The Sedins: Henrik finishes the round by adding a big body to his speedy second line. Eric Staal

    The Crosbys: Sid picks up his backup goalie, and he likes what's still there. Cam Ward

Third Unit

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08:  Brent Burns #8 of the Minnesota Wild waits for a face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 8, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    The Sedins: Feeling great about his balanced roster, Henrik attempts to build a third line with an identity. Brad Richards

    The Crosbys: Not keen enough to catch onto what Henrik is doing, Sid makes sure that he can shoot the puck against his teammate for a period. Jonas Hiller

    The Sedins: Happy that Sid is over-thinking things, Henrik gets his man. Louis Eriksson

    The Crosbys: Upset that he didn't catch Henrik's plan, Sid embarks on a plan of his own. Patrick Sharp 

    The Sedins: Henrik takes this opportunity to take the first defenseman of the round. Marc Staal

    The Crosbys: Sid adds Sharp's sharpshooting teammate, but appears to be losing ground talent-wise. Patrick Kane

    The Sedins: Henrik adds a sniper to his Dallas line, giving his team the clear edge in this round. Jarome Iginla

    The Crosbys: Seeing how Henrik is down to a D and a goalie needs-wise, Sid hops on the top D left. Brent Burns

    The Sedins: Henrik, seeing as Sid has a goalie, realizes he might as well take a D-man first. Tobias Enstrom

    The Crosbys: Sid gobbles up another speedster to give his third line an identity of its own. Phil Kessel

    The Sedins: Henrik unwillingly takes a guy he knows Sid, Evgeni and Kris can score on. Marc-Andre Fleury

    The Crosbys: Sid takes the last D-man left. Erik Karlsson



Fourth Line

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 10:  Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a break in the action against the Detroit Red Wings at the Pepsi Center on January 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Duchene earned the number one star as he scored two goals
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    The Crosbys: Feeling behind, Sid makes a no-nonsense grab. Anze Kopitar

    The Sedins: Feeling ahead, Henrik brings in a teammate as a gesture and a great pick. Ryan Kesler

    The Crosbys: Sid adds speed and hunger to his fourth line. Matt Duchene

    The Sedins: Henrik adds a veteran presence to his squad while he still can. Patrick Elias

    The Crosbys: Realizing that this is the last pick that matters of the draft, Sid thinks long and hard before making his decision. David Backes

    The Sedins: Henrik finishes it off with an Oiler. Alex Hemsky

Team Crosby

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Blue Jackets 4-2.  (Photo by
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    Forwards

    Crosby

    D. Sedin

    Malkin

    Perry

    Nash

    St. Louis

    Kessel

    Sharp

    Kane

    Kopitar

    Duchene

    Backes

    Defensemen

    Byfuglien

    Weber

    Boyle

    Letang

    Burns

    Karlsson

    Goalies

    Thomas

    Ward

    Hiller

Team Sedin

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    DETROIT - JANUARY 29:  Loui Eriksson #21 of the Dallas Stars skates during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 29, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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    Forwards

    H. Sedin

    Stamkos

    Ovechkin

    Toews

    Giroux

    E. Staal

    Richards

    Eriksson

    Iginla

    Kesler

    Elias

    Hemsky

    Defensemen

    Lidstrom

    Chara

    Green

    Kieth

    M. Staal

    Enstrom

    Goalies

    Lundqvist

    Price

    Fleury

The Game

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    SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck during the overtime period against the Florida Panthers on January 11, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Capitals 4-3 i
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    Remember once again, for the sake of writing purposes, I am pretending that this game means as much to these players as Canada vs. Russia for gold would mean to those guys.

    1st Period: Henrik sends out Lundqvist to try and shut Sid down early. Sid saves best goalies, sends Hiller out. Sedin sets up Stammer once and Eric Staal gets a tip in. Lundqvist shuts the door on Sid's boys. 2-0, Team Henrik

    2nd Period: Henrik decides that, with the lead, it would be a good time to get his weakest goalie, Fleury, out of the way. Sid knows that if he gets back in the game, it'll come down to the third, so he saves Thomas and sends out Cam Ward. Sid himself beats Fleury once, and Matt Duchene lights the lamp on a breakaway. Ovechkin scores a power play goal for Henrik. 3-2, Team Henrik

    3rd Period: Tim Thomas and Carey Price, the NHL's two best goalies this year, square off. Louis Eriksson re-directs a shot from Iginla, as Sid's team continues to lose battles in front of the net. Down two, Sid's D-men start jumping up into the play, and it pays off when Dan Boyle scores on a pass from Shea Weber. With time running down, Sid pulls his goalie, and Corey Perry gets the puck down low with the man advantage. He tries to go five-hole, but Carey Price stuffs him.

    Final: 4-3, Team Henrik

    MVP: Alex Ovechkin, 1 PP G, 1 A, +1


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