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Fantasy Draft results: Team Staal and Team Lidstrom rosters

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The waiting is over. Take a look at the results for the Fantasy Draft. Sorry, Phil.

1. Cam Ward (Team Staal)

2. Steven Stamkos (Team Lidstrom)

3. Alex Ovechkin (Staal)

4. Duncan Keith (Lidstrom)

5. Daniel Sedin (Staal)

6. Henrik Sedin (Lidstrom)

7. Zdeno Chara (Staal)

8. Shea Weber (Lidstrom)

9. Rick Nash (Staal)

10. Tim Thomas (Lidstrom)

11. Henrik Lundqvist (Staal)

12. Danny Briere (Lidstrom)

13. Marc Staal (Staal)

14. Dustin Byfuglien (Lidstrom)

15. Patrick Sharp (Staal)

16. Jonathan Toews (Lidstrom)

17. Dan Boyle (Staal)

18. Marc-Andre Fleury (Lidstrom)

19. Carey Price (Staal)

20. Jonas Hiller (Lidstrom)

21. Jeff Skinner (Staal)

22. Brad Richards (Lidstrom)

23. Kris Letang (Staal)

24. Keith Yandle (Lidstrom)

25. Claude Giroux (Staal)

26. Brent Burns (Lidstrom)

27. Erik Karlsson (Staal)

28. Martin Havlat (Lidstrom)

29. Corey Perry (Staal)

30. Anze Kopitar (Lidstrom)

31. Patrik Elias (Staal)

32. Matt Duchene (Lidstrom)

33. David Backes (Staal)

34. Loui Eriksson (Lidstrom)

35. Paul Stastny (Staal)

36. Phil Kessel (Lidstrom)

Team Staal’s roster

Forwards: Eric Staal (auto), Ryan Kesler (auto), Ovechkin, D. Sedin, Skinner, Sharp, Nash, Giroux, Perry, Stastny, Backes and Elias.

Defensemen: Mike Green (auto), Chara, Boyle, M. Staal, Letang and Karlsson.

Goalies: Ward, Price and Lundqvist.

Rookies: Logan Couture (captain), Michael Grabner, Jamie McBain, P.K. Subban, Tyler Seguin and Tyler Ennis.

Team Lidstrom’s roster

Forwards: Patrick Kane (auto), Martin St. Louis (auto), Stamkos, H. Sedin, Toews, Briere, Richards, Havlat, Kopitar, Duchene, Eriksson and Kessel.

Defensemen: Nicklas Lidstrom (auto), Keith, Byfuglien, Weber, Yandle and Burns.

Goalies: Fleury, Hiller and Thomas.

Rookies: Taylor Hall (captain), Derek Stepan, Kevin Shattenkirk, Evgeny Dadonov, Cam Fowler and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Handicapping the Fantasy Draft: Who might end up on Team Staal, Lidstrom?


It’s silly to make any bold proclamations about tonight’s Fantasy Draft, especially considering the fact that it’s about fun above all else. There also might be a bit of one-upping, as the two sides try to turn the screws on each other.

Still, it might be fun to guess who might pick whom, even if we’re proven wildly wrong. So here are a few things to consider.

Alternate captains: Martin St. Louis and Patrick Kane for Team Lidstrom; Ryan Kesler and Mike Green for Team Staal

St. Louis will push for Steven Stamkos and possibly former teammate Brad Richard. Kane will push for Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp (maybe former ‘Hawk Dustin Byfuglien too).

Meanwhile Kesler will push for the Sedin twins while both Kesler and Kane are equally likely to pull for Americans. Green will push for Alex Ovechkin.

It would be surprising, then, to see Stamkos on Team Staal and Ovechkin on Team Lidstrom, but you never know.

Sedins split?

I think splitting the Sedins might come down to timing (or just how much the two sides are conspiring to split them up). Fellow Swede Lidstrom might manage to snap them up while Staal is satisfying teammates Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner along with his brother Marc. Unless there’s some draft time shenanigans with that as well, of course. We shall see.

Country loyalty/friends

Again, Lidstrom will lean toward Swedes in specific and Europeans in general. Kesler will likely want the handful of Americans but will be canceled out by Kane in that regard. Green might want more Canadians, but so will Eric Staal and St. Louis.


If Staal and Lidstrom call most of the shots, both sides will feature an interesting disparity between Europeans and North Americans as well as Eastern Conference players vs. West. Then again, Lidstrom might lean toward drafting defense and goalies before Staal does.

So what is the takeaway? Well, we don’t really know what is going to happen, but it should be fun to watch.

Kudos to the NHL for coming up with this interesting wrinkle.

(NHL.com tries to get inside the heads of the two captains here.)

Video: Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire discuss which player should go first in All-Star Game Fantasy Draft

Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos
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While Mike Milbury admits that he is bored by All-Star Games – at least if they remain the way they are, as loose checking affairs – his discussion regarding which player will be the top pick in the 2011 Fantasy Draft shows that it might be a snooze fest much longer.

Milbury discusses his opinion that Alex Ovechkin would have been an obvious choice for the No. 1 pick last year, yet Steve Stamkos has encroached on the Russian star’s status as one of the game’s most explosive goal scorers.

It really does bring up a good question: who’s going No. 1? The only thing that might kill some of the fun is that Eric Staal and/or Nicklas Lidstrom might base their decisions based on friendship more than anything else. Staal is likely to pick close friends and teammates such as Cam Ward and his brother Marc. Meanwhile Lidstrom might lean toward Swedes and other European players.

Perhaps the better question is: who should be the top pick on Friday?

Brendan Shanahan answers questions, reflects on 2011 All-Star Game Fantasy Draft


In the simplest way, the selection process during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game’s Fantasy Draft will feature Team Eric Staal and Team Nicklas Lidstrom rattling off players in a fashion very similar to school kids choosing sides during gym class.

Of course, there are some things that complicate matters, which Brendan Shanahan discussed with Puck Daddy in a story that was published this morning. We’ll cover some of the highlights from that interview in a second, but it might be important to discuss some of the caveats first.

  • Each team will have three alternate captains which include two forwards and one defenseman.
  • There will be a 36-player pool to choose from during an 18-round draft.
  • Each sides’ three goalies must be taken by the 10th round.
  • All defensemen must be chosen by the 15th round.
  • There will be a “Mr. Irrelevant” in the draft, something Shanahan hopes will be treated in a “tongue-in-cheek” way.

OK, now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s get to some of the most interesting comments from Shanahan in that PD article.

After discussing how the restrictions will make the draft most interesting, Shanahan discussed the way goalie selections can leave you rattled in a mock draft:

SHANAHAN: Originally, we were going to tell them to draft who they wanted, when they wanted. But when we started doing mock drafts in the office, you realize [poop]: If I’m drafting against you, and you took your goalies in the first few rounds, because you’re a goalie freak, then the reality is that I’m not going to draft a goalie [until late] because you’ve essentially picked mine. I’m not going to waste a pick on a goalie because I can just wait until the end to draft them. The last six guys standing could have been predetermined; totally bad, dead TV.


That’s what was fun. It’s like that old saying in boxing: Everyone’s got a plan before they get hit. That’s how it was: Regardless of you many times you did the mock draft with a plan, the other guy would do something you weren’t expecting and you’d have to change it.

On how being picked last might motivate that guy to win the MVP:

Everyone keeps focusing on the guy going last, but the reality of it is that if you go 10th, then you think you should have gone 7th. If you go fifth, you think you’re better than the four guys who went in front of you. If you go second, you’re mad at the guy who didn’t take you first, and you want to beat him.

I ran it past some perennial all-stars, and Luc Robitaille told me that if he had been taken last, he’d go home, get some sleep and then win the MVP.


Click here to read more from Shanahan, including the fact that players might find some “perverse pleasure” in splitting up the Sedin twins.