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Video: Team Foligno takes Ryan Johansen first overall in All-Star Fantasy Draft

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Alex Ovechkin could’ve gone first overall. He wanted to get picked last, in need of a car, apparently.

So, Team Foligno, perhaps going off the board to an extent, went with the local favorite, selecting Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen with the first overall pick in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.

In 45 games this season, the 22-year-old Johansen has 17 goals and 43 points. Five years ago, the Blue Jackets took Johansen with the fourth overall pick in the NHL Draft.

‘It’s going to be a while’: Bobrovsky suffers groin injury

Bad news for the Columbus Blue Jackets as it pertains to goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed Bobrovsky suffered a groin injury, this time on his right side.

“It’s gonna be a while,” said Kekalainen, as per a tweet from Portzline.

Groin injuries are nothing new for Bobrovsky. He endured a groin ailment last season, which forced him onto the injured reserve list. At that time, he was expected to miss four to five weeks.

Bobrovsky suffered the injury on Wednesday, and has been replaced at the All-Star game by Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. Earlier this season, the Blue Jackets’ star puck stopper was placed on injured reserve with an injured finger.

While it’s a loss for hockey fans this weekend, his injury and absence from the lineup will be a huge loss for the Blue Jackets as they look to get back into the playoff race.

Brian Elliott proves that All-Star selection still an honor

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COLUMBUS — Combine the handful of big-name stars that have dropped out of this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Columbus due to non-major injuries with the speculation that some players actually requested they not be selected, there’s a sense that participating in the three-day event has become an obligation, if not a hassle, more than an honor and privilege.

Well, enter Blues goalie Brian Elliott to prove that some players still think it’s pretty neat to be chosen. As reported by Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, Elliott left his beach vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands to fly to chilly Ohio and fill in for injured goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Today at media day, Elliott’s teammate, Kevin Shattenkirk, was asked if he’d have done the same thing.

“I would’ve come,” said Shattenkirk. “You can’t really deny this. You don’t know how many times this is going to happen in your career. I think some guys have the luxury they know they might be here every year. [But] this is an experience you can’t really pass up on and something that 20 years from now you don’t want to say you skipped an All-Star Game because you wanted to stay on the beach for an extra day or two.”

While Shattenkirk joked that Elliott’s wife may not entirely agree with that notion, Elliott is certainly enjoying a fine season with St. Louis. The 29-year-old, in his big chance to prove he can be the Blues’ number one goalie, has gone 13-5-2 with a .930 save percentage.

Girgensons, Vrbata favored to go last at fantasy draft, says oddsmaker

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For the record, Friday is Media Day for the 2015 All-Star weekend, not Pick on Zemgus Girgensons Day.

Brovada released some 2015 All-Star odds today, covering obvious questions such as who will be selected first and last during the fantasy draft (as well as more esoteric ones, like Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price being on the same team).

Let’s start with who might be selected last:

Who will be picked last in the 2015 NHL All Star Draft 
Any Other Player                       3/1
Zemgus Girgensons (BUF)         4/1
Radim Vrbata (VAN)                  4/1
Patrik Elias (NJ)                        5/1
Bobby Ryan (OTT)                     6/1
Tyler Johnson (TB)                    6/1
Phil Kessel (TOR)                      9/1
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)           15/1
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)     15/1
Tyler Seguin (DAL)                    20/1
Patrice Bergeron (BOS)             30/1
Jakub Voracek (PHI)                  30/1
Claude Giroux (PHI)                   50/1
Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                100/1
Steven Stamkos (TB)                 100/1
Ryan Johansen (CLB)                100/1
Anze Kopitar (LA)                      100/1
John Tavares (NYI)                    100/1

(Don’t sleep on the “one of the captains outright trolling a friend and/or teammate,” by the way.)

On the flip side, who might get selected first?

Who will be picked first in the 2015 NHL All Star Draft 
Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                2/1
Steven Stamkos (TB)                 2/1
Ryan Johansen (CLB)                4/1
Duncan Keith (CHI)                    10/1
Corey Crawford (CHI)                 10/1
Shea Weber (NAS)                    12/1
Anze Kopitar (LA)                      30/1
John Tavares (NYI)                    30/1
Phil Kessel (TOR)                      30/1
Brent Seabrook (CHI)                 40/1
Carey Price (MON)                     40/1
Claude Giroux (PHI)                   40/1
Patrice Bergeron (BOS)             40/1
Tyler Seguin (DAL)                    40/1
Any Other Player                       40/1
Zemgus Girgensons (BUF)         50/1
Jakub Voracek (PHI)                  50/1
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)           50/1
Jaroslav Halak (NYI)                  80/1
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)     80/1
Ryan Suter (MIN)                       80/1
Tyler Johnson (TB)                    80/1
Bobby Ryan (OTT)                     80/1
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)             80/1
Roberto Luongo (FLA)               80/1
Mark Giordano (CAL)                 80/1
Brent Burns (SJ)                        100/1
Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)             100/1
Erik Johnson (COL)                   100/1
Justin Faulk (CAR)                     100/1
Kevin Shattenkirk (STL)              100/1
Patrik Elias (NJ)                        100/1
Radim Vrbata (VAN)                  100/1
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHO)      100/1

Despite being one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL, Oliver Ekman-Larsson said he wouldn’t be shocked if he went last:

As far as who will win, Team Toews is at even odds while Team Foligno’s -140 (5/7). Finally, some of the odder bits:

Will Carey Price (MON) and Jaroslav Halak (NYI) be on the same All Star Team?        
Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)
No                    -140      (5/7)
 
Will Ryan Johansen (CLB) and Nick Foligno (CLB) be on the same All Star Team?     
Yes                  – 200     (1/2)
No                    +150     (3/2)
 
Will Jonathan Toews (CHI), Corey Crawford (CHI), Duncan Keith (CHI) and Brent Seabrook (CHI) and be on the same All Star Team?   
Yes                  +550     (11/2)
No                    -900     (1/9)

Is anyone else a little disappointed that “uncomfortable Phil Kessel facial expressions” wasn’t a category? (Taking over-four.)

Agent on Sens’ Greening: ‘I think he’s an NHL player’

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray hasn’t been able to find a trade partner for Colin Greening and hinted a stint in the American Hockey League could be next for the forward.

“I tried to encourage them (other GMs) to give him an opportunity through a trade or whatever vehicle it may be. At this point, there’s nothing for him,” Murray told TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa on Monday. “I just told him eventually here, if we don’t get something done, he’s got to play hockey. You can’t play hockey as the 23rd, 24th guy on the roster here so I may have to put him on waivers here at some point in time.”

Greening has one goal and minus-3 rating to go along with 27 penalty minutes in 20 games this season. The 28-year-old hasn’t played since Jan. 8 and has been a healthy scratch in five straight games.

Murray told TSN Radio that he’s considering placing Greening on waivers following the All-Star break. If Greening clears, he could be headed for a stint with the Binghamton Senators. He hasn’t played in the AHL since playing 59 games with the Senators’ affiliate during the 2010-11 season.

“I don’t expect him to be in the American Hockey League,” Greening’s agent, Allain Roy, told PHT this week. “At this point it’s not something we’re really talking about. I think he’s an NHL player and within the time frame Bryan wants, he’ll find a home in the NHL.”

Roy, understandably, believes there is a suitor in the NHL for his client’s services, but with another year remaining on his three-year, $7.95 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $2.65 million, it might be a tough sell for a player, who has scored 10 or more goals once in his career.

“He’s a big winger that can skate and play physical. I would think that maybe some teams out there that need that and with this being the all star break, there’s going to be some teams looking to make a run in the second half,” said Roy. “We’ll wait and see what’s going to happen.”

As a result of the play of Jean-Gabriel Pageau and the emergence of rookie Curtis Lazar, Greening has been a healthy scratch in 22 of Ottawa’s 46 games this season.

“He’s a young guy, he’s got a lot of years left,” Roy said. “He’s an NHL player, he just needs to find another NHL home, if it’s not Ottawa.”