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|
|Cam Ward, G
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.
|Alex Ovechkin, LW
Might be the first time he's not first overall, but star power means a lot here.
|Henrik Lundqvist, G
It's rough for goalies at the ASG, but Lundqvist won Olympic gold with Lidstrom.
|Zdeno Chara, D
No doubt it will be nice to have the big guy on your side for a change.
|Jonathan Toews, C
One alternate captain got his choice with Stamkos, now Kane gets a turn.
|Henrik Sedin, C
It never hurts to have the reigning MVP in your lineup.
|Daniel Sedin, LW
Having one twin is better than none.
|Tim Thomas, G
What a season -- maybe better than his Vezina campaign a couple of years ago.
|Marc-Andre Fleury, G
The fans' choice had a very slow start that has been very long forgotten.
|Daniel Briere, RW
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.
|Shea Weber, D
Much better to have that booming shot working for you instead of against.
|Marc Staal, D
Think he won't enjoy getting bragging rights in big bro's house?
|Claude Giroux, RW
One of the league's biggest breakouts should fit nicely alongside teammate Briere.
|Brad Richards, C
It's been a long time since he was on the same team as St. Louis.
|Carey Price, G
Hard to believe this guy was almost run out of town in Montreal.
|Jonas Hiller, G
Ducks are quacking loudly out West, and it's mainly because of Hiller's play.
|Dustin Byfuglien, D
Put him with Chara and set up the kind of wall Arizonans want on their border.
|Duncan Keith, D
The fans' choice is the reigning Norris Trophy winner.
|Patrik Elias, LW
New Jersey Devils
Like his New Jersey teammates, Elias has started heating things up lately.
|Patrick Sharp, C
Might as well keep as many of the Chicago's Cup winners together as possible.
|Matt Duchene, C
The youngster has worked his way into the league's elite in just a couple of years.
|Keith Yandle, D
Joined the party late, but is putting up big numbers for the Coyotes.
|Dan Boyle, D
San Jose Sharks
Overlooked perennially at Norris voting time despite being one of the game's best.
|Kris Letang, D
The biggest reason Pittsburgh had no real problem letting Sergei Gonchar go.
|Brent Burns, D
In the unlikely event of power plays, he's a good guy to have on the point.
|Erik Karlsson, D
Won't hurt to learn from the fellow Swede captaining this team.
|Corey Perry, RW
He has done a lot to help compensate for the absence of Getzlaf in Anaheim.
|Loui Eriksson, LW
Lidstrom knows it never hurts to load up on Swedes.
|Anze Kopitar, C
Los Angeles Kings
A point-per-game player for a team that doesn't produce very much offense.
|Martin Havlat, LW
Had a lot to prove this season and might carry that over into the All-Star Game.
|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.
|Jeff Skinner, C
Carolina's rookie will already be there, but he deserves to be.
|Paul Stastny, C
Last player added makes him the last player picked. Nothing personal though.