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I would pick Hank first if I were an All Star captain

I imagine by now that most of you are familiar with this year's novel All Star format.  The fans picked five "starters" in a ridiculously stupid vote, and then the NHL filled in the rest of the spots to leave 42 players selected in total -- enough for two teams.  But the kicker is that those 42 players will elect two captains, and each captain will then have a schoolyard type draft where they alternate picks from the other 40 players to pick their teams.

So if you were selected as captain, and you got to pick first, who would you pick?  Whether Crosby and Ovechkin are both captains, which is what I'm guessing was the design and I'm guessing a lot of people presume will be the case, or whether the players might select veteran leaders instead out of respect  (Lidstrom likely and perhaps Iginla?) my strategy would be the same.

Pick Hank first.  

Here's why:

1. The Sedins are a more valuable pair to have than any other pair available.  The only way to guarantee that your team is the only team that can have both of them is by picking a Sedin first. 

2. The other side will then either have the choice of picking Daniel with the second pick, in order to prevent you from getting both, or choosing someone else, in which case you pick Daniel with your second pick and you get to have both.

3. If the other side picks Daniel, well then you've not lost out at all because you still have your pick of everyone else you could have picked instead of Hank with your first pick.  And I think Hank without Dank, being the better setup man, is more valuable than Dank without Hank... at least there's evidence he can put up numbers as a solo act, which remains an open question when it comes to Dank.  

4, If the other side lets you have both Hank and Dank THEN FUCK YEAH YOU OWN.

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