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Captains have their fantasy star picks; here are ours

by | Staff Writer

Let's assume captain Eric Staal will get the first pick at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft by making the right call when they toss a two-headed coin Friday night in Raleigh.

There will still be plenty of talent to choose from for the other captain, Nicklas Lidstrom. Along with alternates Martin St. Louis and Patrick Kane, he will make the picks for Team Lidstrom, while Ryan Kesler and Mike Green help the home-town hero fill out the Team Staal roster over 18 rounds.

The only requirements are that each team choose three goalies by the 10th round and six defensemen by the 15th to go along with the 12 forwards that will be in uniform.

Otherwise it's wide open, even more so because Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two of the six starters voted in by fans, won't play because of injuries.

So how will it play out? Here's a guess:

Wes Goldstein's All-Star Mock Draft
Team Staal Team Lidstrom
Round 1
Cam Ward, G
Carolina Hurricanes
Might as well get the 'Caniacs crowing by grabbing their Cup-winning goalie.
Steven Stamkos, C
Tampa Bay Lightning
Alternate captain Martin St. Louis should push for his linemate and league scoring leader.
Round 2
Alex Ovechkin, LW
Washington Capitals
Might be the first time he's not first overall, but star power means a lot here.
Henrik Lundqvist, G
N.Y. Rangers
It's rough for goalies at the ASG, but Lundqvist won Olympic gold with Lidstrom.
Round 3
Zdeno Chara, D
Boston Bruins
No doubt it will be nice to have the big guy on your side for a change.
Jonathan Toews, C
Chicago Blackhawks
One alternate captain got his choice with Stamkos, now Kane gets a turn.
Round 4
Henrik Sedin, C
Vancouver Canucks
It never hurts to have the reigning MVP in your lineup.
Daniel Sedin, LW
Vancouver Canucks
Having one twin is better than none.
Round 5
Tim Thomas, G
Boston Bruins
What a season -- maybe better than his Vezina campaign a couple of years ago.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G
Pittsburgh Penguins
The fans' choice had a very slow start that has been very long forgotten.
Round 6
Daniel Briere, RW
Philadelphia Flyers
A belated addition to the party, but he was once this game's MVP.
Rick Nash, LW
Columbus Blue Jackets
The face of the franchise in Columbus, and always an offensive threat.
Round 7
Shea Weber, D
Nashville Predators
Much better to have that booming shot working for you instead of against.
Marc Staal, D
N.Y. Rangers
Think he won't enjoy getting bragging rights in big bro's house?
Round 8
Claude Giroux, RW
Philadelphia Flyers
One of the league's biggest breakouts should fit nicely alongside teammate Briere.
Brad Richards, C
Dallas Stars
It's been a long time since he was on the same team as St. Louis.
Round 9
Carey Price, G
Montreal Canadiens
Hard to believe this guy was almost run out of town in Montreal.
Jonas Hiller, G
Anaheim Ducks
Ducks are quacking loudly out West, and it's mainly because of Hiller's play.
Round 10
Dustin Byfuglien, D
Atlanta Thrashers
Put him with Chara and set up the kind of wall Arizonans want on their border.
Duncan Keith, D
Chicago Blackhawks
The fans' choice is the reigning Norris Trophy winner.
Round 11
Patrik Elias, LW
New Jersey Devils
Like his New Jersey teammates, Elias has started heating things up lately.
Patrick Sharp, C
Chicago Blackhawks
Might as well keep as many of the Chicago's Cup winners together as possible.
Round 12
Matt Duchene, C
Colorado Avalanche
The youngster has worked his way into the league's elite in just a couple of years.
Keith Yandle, D
Phoenix Coyotes
Joined the party late, but is putting up big numbers for the Coyotes.
Round 13
Dan Boyle, D
San Jose Sharks
Overlooked perennially at Norris voting time despite being one of the game's best.
Kris Letang, D
Pittsburgh Penguins
The biggest reason Pittsburgh had no real problem letting Sergei Gonchar go.
Round 14
Brent Burns, D
Minnesota Wild
In the unlikely event of power plays, he's a good guy to have on the point.
Erik Karlsson, D
Ottawa Senators
Won't hurt to learn from the fellow Swede captaining this team.
Round 15
Corey Perry, RW
Anaheim Ducks
He has done a lot to help compensate for the absence of Getzlaf in Anaheim.
Loui Eriksson, LW
Dallas Stars
Lidstrom knows it never hurts to load up on Swedes.
Round 16
Anze Kopitar, C
Los Angeles Kings
A point-per-game player for a team that doesn't produce very much offense.
Martin Havlat, LW
Minnesota Wild
Had a lot to prove this season and might carry that over into the All-Star Game.
Round 17
David Backes, C
St. Louis Blues
One of the best all-around American players in the game today.
Phil Kessel, RW
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto hasn't been easy for him, but give Kessel some room and watch out.
Round 18
Jeff Skinner, C
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina's rookie will already be there, but he deserves to be.
Paul Stastny, C
Colorado Avalanche
Last player added makes him the last player picked. Nothing personal though.


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