Tonight, we’ll find out who’ll be the Phil Kessel of the 2012 All Star game. (Perhaps it’ll be Phil Kessel. That would be amazing.)
At 8pm tonight, fifty of the best hockey players in the world (38 NHL All-Stars and 12 top rookies) will be up for selection in the Player Fantasy Draft. All-stars and rookies will be divided into two teams - Team Alfredsson (aka Team Pants), led by captain Daniel Alfredsson and assistant captain Henrik Lundqvist, and Team Chara (aka Team Chuck), led by captain Zdeno “Z-Big” Chara and assistant captain Joffrey Lupul.
Quick refresher on how the Fantasy Draft works…
- A coin toss will decide first pick, with Alfredsson and Chara, joined by their assistant captains, alternately drafting the All-Stars through 19 rounds
- Each team will consist of three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards
- Each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10
- Each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15
- The 12 Rookies will be divided by the National Hockey League into two groups of six. At the completion of the 15th round of the draft, one NHL Rookie will be selected to choose which All-Star team his group will join for the skills competition
- As a reward (consolation?), the final player selected in the draft will have $20,000 donated to the grassroots hockey program of his choice
So who’s up for grabs?
|Jamie Benn||Logan Couture|
|Pavel Datsyuk||Jordan Eberle|
|Marian Gaborik||Claude Giroux|
|Scott Hartnell||Marian Hossa|
|Jarome Iginla||Patrick Kane|
|Phil Kessel||Evgeni Malkin|
|Milan Michalek||James Neal|
|Corey Perry||Jason Pominville|
|Daniel Sedin||Henrik Sedin|
|Tyler Seguin||Jason Spezza|
|Steven Stamkos||John Tavares|
|Brian Campbell||Alexander Edler|
|Dan Girardi||Erik Karlsson|
|Kris Letang||Dion Phaneuf|
|Ryan Suter||Kimmo Timonen|
|Shea Weber||Dennis Wideman|
|Keith Yandle||Brian Elliott|
|Jonathan Quick||Tim Thomas|
|Carey Price||Jimmy Howard|
After he was selected as a captain, Chara did mention that he was going to take this draft very seriously and do as much research as possible, so it will be interesting to see what his strategy will be. Think he hit up Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli for some pointers?
Will he take his teammate & Vezina winning goaltender Tim Thomas with the first pick? Or will the events of this week and the recent revelation that Thomas does not have many friends amoungst his teammates sway Chara’s decision?
Now I’m no prognosticator, but I can tell you what you will see tonight.
- Ridiculous amounts of awkwardness.
- The Sedins on different teams.
- Kris Letang’s hair looking awesome.
- James Neal’s hair looking like a porcupine.
- Scott Hartnell’s hair looking like a hot mess cavewoman hooker.
- Tight bums.
- Patrick Kane calling Toews to tell him he misses him.
- Awkward interview with last two players remaining.
One thing you won’t see…
And I for one, am gonna miss this.