New Dynamic For Picking Teams Refreshes NHL All-Star Game

By Amanda DiPaolo

The NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft took place Friday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. Team Staal won the puck toss to determine who would have the first pick overall.

Marc and Eric Staal post All Star Fantasy Draft

There were two rules that needed to be followed in selecting players. All goalies had to be chosen by the 10th round and all defensemen had to be off the board by the 15th round. If drafted last, you are Mr. Irrelevant and you win a car.

Because the teams were chosen by the players themselves rather than being determined by their conferences, Sunday’s game will have a dynamic to it that can’t be found during the NHL season.

The Sedin twins will play against each other for the first time.

The two Staal brothers, Marc and Eric, were united together on the same team.

Tim Thomas will be facing the hardest shot in the league, his teammate Zdeno Chara.

Alex Ovechkin was picked third overall, not first.

Finally, Dan Boyle actually got drafted.

The teams, in the order of their draft position, are as follows:

Team Eric Staal (Alternates: Mike Green and Ryan Kesler)

1. Cam Ward
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Daniel Sedin
4. Zdeno Chara
5. Rick Nash
6. Henrik Lundqvist
7. Marc Staal
8. Patrick Sharp
9. Dan Boyle
10. Carey Price
11. Jeff Skinner
12. Kris Letang
13. Claude Giroux
14. Erik Karlsson
15. Corey Perry
16. Patrik Elias
17. Paul Statsny

Team Niklas Lidstrom (Martin St. Louis and Patrick Kane)

1. Steve Stamkos
2. Duncan Keith
3. Henrik Sedin
4. Shea Weber
5. Tim Thomas
6. Danny Briere
7. Dustin Byfgulien
8. Jonathon Toews
9. Marc-Andre Fleury
10. Jonas Hiller
11. Brad Richards
12. Keith Yandle
13. Brent Burns
14. Marty Havlat
15. Anze Kopitar
16. Loui Eriksson
17. Phil Kessel (Mr. Irrelevant)

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