Thursday, January 26, 2012

NHL All-Star Mock Draft

So for a little bit of fun tonight, a friend of the blog, Kevin Gregus of CL Game Misconduct, and I decided to do a cross-blog mock draft of tonight's NHL All-Star fantasy draft. We set up our draft with the same captains and assistant captains (Alfredsson w/ Lundqvist, Chara w/ Lupul) and format of tonight's draft. We also decided beforehand that Alfredsson most likely will "win the coin toss" for first pick. Finally, we did a coin toss to decide who gets who (I won and took Team Alfredsson) and off we went.


Team Alfredsson

Team Chara


Daniel Alfredsson, F, OTT

Zdeno Chara, D, BOS

A. Captain

Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR

Joffrey Lupul, F, TOR


Jason Spezza, F, OTT

Tim Thomas, G, BOS


Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Kris Letang, D, PIT


Milan, Michalek, F, OTT

Evgeni Malkin, F, PIT


Marian Hossa, F, CHI

Phil Kessel, F, TOR


Marian Gaborik, F, NYR

Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR


Dan Girardi, D, NYR

Jonathan Quick, G, LAK


Jimmy Howard, G, DET

Tyler Seguin, F, BOS


Henrik Sedin, F, VAN

Daniel Sedin, F, VAN


Shea Weber, D, NSH

Brian Elliott, G, STL


Carey Price, G, MTL

Steven Stamkos, F, TAM


Claude Giroux, F, PHI

Kimmo Timonen, D, PHI


Ryan Suter, D, NSH

Corey Perry, F, ANA


Alexandre Edler, D, VAN

Brian Campbell, D, FLA


Keith Yandle, D, VAN

Jarome Iginla, F, CGY

(D-MEN) 15

Pavel Datsyuk, F, DET

Dennis Wideman, D, WSH


Patrick Kane, F, CHI

John Tavares, F, NYI


Jordan Eberle, F, EDM

Scott Hartnell, F, PHI


Logan Couture, F, SJ

James Neal, F, PIT


Jamie Benn, F, DAL

Jason Pominville, F, BUF

Both Kevin and I predicted that the captains would appease their teammates early, with Kevin making some Penguins picks in between and I guessed that Alfredsson would bring in Hossa, his teammate of seven years before bringing in the Rangers.

Other fun little tidbits we predict:
  • We broke up the Sedins again, with me taking Henrik first this year after Daniel went first last year.
  • The player nobody wants in this draft, Carey Price of Montreal (neither a Bruins or Sens player will want him), ended up with Team Alfredsson following a little gamesmanship by Kevin taking Team Chara's third goalie a round earlier than necessary.
  • Fun lines we predict: Team Alfredsson runs out a Kane-Datsyuk-Hossa line (The Wings-Hawks Connection or Before-and-After line) or a Gaborik-Sedin-Giroux line (Multinational Goal Corporation line). Team Chara runs out a Seguin-Tavares-Stamkos line (the Young Guns line) or Kessel-Malkin-Lupul (the What-If Toronto Had A Star Center or the 44-Years-And-Counting line)
  • Mr Irrelevant in our predictions: Jason Pominville of the Buffalo Sabres. Young man is getting a new car, makes up for playing on that crappy team this year.
Finally, we predicted how the rookies would break down for the skills competition:
  • Team Alfredsson: Justin Faulk (CAR), Carl Hagelin (NYR), Colin Greening (OTT), Matt Read (PHI), Ryan Johansen (CBJ), Luke Adam (BUF)
  • Team Chara: Raphael Diaz (MTL), Gabriel Landeskog (COL), Cody Hodgson (VAN), Sean Couturier (PHI), Nick Johnson (MIN), Craig Smith (NSH)
There's our mock draft for tonight's All-Star Fantasy Draft. The second half of our fun was a cross-blog fantasy draft that we would do if we were picking captains, asst captains, and our own teams of 2012 All-Stars (i.e., if we were captains). You can check that out over at CL Game Misconduct, a blog that I highly recommend you spend some time checking out while there. This was such fun that I can promise more cross-blog endeavours in our future, something I hope y'all will enjoy.

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