We knew which players were going to be taking part in the All-Star game this season, but we had no idea which team they would be playing for and who they would be playing against. It was all settled in Ottawa on Thursday night as Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, the two captains for this year's game, made their selections as you can see below in the order they were picked.
Chara won the coin toss and ended up with the first selection and chose Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, and continued to load up on offense in the early rounds going with Evgeni Malkin, Marian Hossa and Phil Kessel.
Kessel, of course, was the last pick in the All-Star draft a year ago, but went in the eighth round this season. The last man standing this season was San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture.
Two developments that should not have been a surprise to anybody: First, The Vancouver-Boston rivalry that started in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, and carried over into this season as we saw in their regular season matchup a couple of weeks ago, continued on as Chara did not pick a single Canuck.
That means that unlike last year when they were split up, the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, will play on the same team as they've always done throughout their time in the NHL.
Also not a surprise: Alfredsson made sure to pick every Senator in the game, ending up with Erik Karlsson (his first pick), Jason Spezza (his second pick) and Milan Michalek.
|2012 NHL All-Star Rosters|
|Team Alfredsson||Team Chara|
|Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers, Goalie)*||Joffrey Lupul (Maple Leafs, Forward)*|
|Erik Karlsson (Senators, Defense)||Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings, Forward)|
|Jason Spezza (Senators, Forward)||Tim Thomas (Bruins, Goalie)|
|Jonathan Quick (Kings, Goalie)||Evgeni Malkin (Penguins, Forward)|
|Claude Giroux (Flyers, Forward)||Marian Hossa (Blackhawks, Forward)|
|Kris Letang (Penguins, Defense)||Kimmo Timonen (Flyers, Defense)|
|Steven Stamkos (Lightning, Forward)||Corey Perry (Ducks, Forward)|
|Brian Elliott (Blues, Goalie)||Carey Price (Canadiens, Goalie)|
|Shea Weber (Predators, Defense)||Phil Kessel (Maple Leafs, Forward)|
|Daniel Sedin (Canucks, Forward)||Ryan Suter (Predators, Defense)|
|Dan Girardi (Rangers, Defense)||Jimmy Howard (Red Wings, Goalie)|
|Keith Yandle (Coyotes, Defense)||Brian Campbell (Panthers, Defense)|
|Milan Michalek (Senators, Forward)||Patrick Kane (Blackhawks, Forward)|
|Henrik Sedin (Canucks, Forward)||Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs, Defense)|
|James Neal (Penguins, Forward)||Jarome Iginla (Flames, Forward)|
|Alex Edler (Canucks, Defense)||Dennis Wideman (Capitals, Defense)|
|John Tavares (Islanders, Forward)||Marian Gaborik (Rangers, Forward)|
|Scott Hartnell (Flyers, Forward)||Jordan Eberle (Oilers, Forward)|
|Jason Pominville (Sabres, Forward)||Tyler Seguin (Bruins, Forward)|
|Logan Couture (Sharks, Forward)||Jamie Benn (Stars, Forward)|
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