Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 NHL All-Star Mock Draft

The NHL is making a twist on their All-Star game once again. This year's game hearkens back to schoolyard hockey (which I've never played, but I hear it's wild. You apparently just play hockey for an extended period of time). Two captains, along with two assistant captains per team, go back and forth selecting players until all 36 players have been assigned to a team. It's got the potential to be really fun TV, and I'm hopeful it pans out that way.

This year's teams set up as follows:

Team Staal
Captain - Eric Staal, C, Hurricanes
Assistant Captain - Ryan Kesler, C, Canucks
Assistant Captain - Mike Green, D, Capitals

Team Lidstrom
Captain - Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Red Wings
Assistant Captain - Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks
Assistant Captain - Martin St. Louis, RW, Lightning

So, naturally, my brother and I decided to conduct our own mock draft and see how the teams shake up. My brother took control of Team Staal, I took over for Team Lidstrom. We did a coin flip, and Team Staal won the flip, so they drafted first. Here are the results:
  1. Team Staal - Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning
  2. Team Lidstrom - Zdeno Chara, D, Bruins
  3. Team Staal - Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals
  4. Team Lidstrom - Henrik Sedin, C, Canucks
  5. Team Staal - Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks
  6. Team Lidstrom - Brad Richards, C, Stars
  7. Team Staal - Kris Letang, D, Penguins
  8. Team Lidstrom - Corey Perry, RW, Ducks
  9. Team Staal - Duncan Keith, D, Blackhawks
  10. Team Lidstrom - Dustin Byfuglien, D, Thrashers
  11. Team Staal - Rick Nash, RW, Blue Jackets
  12. Team Lidstrom - Tim Thomas, G, Bruins
  13. Team Staal - Shea Weber, D, Predators
  14. Team Lidstrom - Henrik Lundqvist, G, Rangers
  15. Team Staal - Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Penguins
  16. Team Lidstrom - Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks
  17. Team Staal - Cam Ward, G, Hurricanes
  18. Team Lidstrom - Dan Boyle, D, Sharks
  19. Team Staal - Jonas Hiller, G, Ducks
  20. Team Lidstrom - Carey Price, G, Canadiens
  21. Team Staal - Claude Giroux, RW, Flyers
  22. Team Lidstrom - Matt Duchene, C, Avalanche
  23. Team Staal - Anze Kopitar, C, Kings
  24. Team Lidstrom - Danny Briere, RW, Flyers
  25. Team Staal - Keith Yandle, D, Coyotes
  26. Team Lidstrom - Brent Burns, D, Wild
  27. Team Staal - Marc Staal, D, Rangers
  28. Team Lidstrom - Loui Eriksson, LW, Stars
  29. Team Staal - Patrick Sharp, LW, Blackhawks
  30. Team Lidstrom - Erik Karlsson, D, Senators
  31. Team Staal - Phil Kessel, RW, Maple Leafs
  32. Team Lidstrom - Martin Havlat, RW, Wild
  33. Team Staal - Patrick Elias, LW, Devils
  34. Team Lidstrom - Paul Stasny, C, Avalanche
  35. Team Staal - Jeff Skinner, C, Hurricanes
  36. Team Lidstrom - David Backes, RW, Blues
Eddie and I will set up our lines and post them shortly. Here's hoping the real thing's spectacle plays out well on television.

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