RALEIGH NC - JANUARY 30: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks and Team Staal talks to is brother Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks and Team Lidstrom after Team Lidstrom defeated Team Staal 11 to 10 in the 58th NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center on January 30 2011 in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
5:00 pm PST, TSN (just for tonight though, CBC will have the skills competition on Saturday and the game on Sunday)
So, here we are again: facing another All-Star weekend. This year, the stars gather in Ottawa for the publicity stunt that is a draft, skills competition, and 20-goal game. While some fans find this stuff fascinating (I'll admit, adding the draft last year was definitely interesting), most fans will just avoid it at all costs. Apparently, drinking games are being created, and I highly encourage them if you're stuck on your couch watching all this stuff over the weekend.
Anyways, tonight is the draft, which I am sure the TSN commenting crew is going to overanalyze again. (Reference: the players were forced to listen to the TSN panel analyze everything last year between picks. Twas pretty sad.). The format has the two captains flip a coin for first pick. The rules are that all the goalies have to be picked by the end of round 10, and all the defencemen by the end of round 15. Also, apparently there is 1 trade allowed this year. Here are all the players to be picked:
Jamie Benn (Stars), Logan Couture (Sharks), Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings), Jordan Eberle (Oilers), Marian Gaborik (Rangers), Claude Giroux (Flyers), Scott Hartnell (Flyers), Marian Hossa (Blackhawks), Jarome Iginla (Flames), Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Phil Kessel (Maple Leafs),
Mikko Koivu (Wild), Evgeni Malkin (Penguins), Milan Michalek (Senators), James Neal (Penguins), Alex Ovechkin (Capitals), Corey Perry (Ducks), Jason Pominville (Sabres), Daniel Sedin (Canucks), Henrik Sedin (Canucks), Tyler Seguin (Bruins), Jason Spezza (Senators), Steven Stamkos (Lightning), John Tavares (Islanders), Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
Dustin Byfuglien (Jets), Brian Campbell (Panthers), Alexander Edler (Canucks), Dan Girardi (Rangers), Erik Karlsson (Senators), Kris Letang (Penguins), Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs), Ryan Suter (Predators), Kimmo Timonen (Flyers), Shea Weber (Predators), Dennis Wideman (Capitals), Keith Yandle (Coyotes)
Rookies (This fits well with my theme)
Luke Adam (Sabres), Sean Couturier (Flyers), Raphael Diaz (Canadiens), Justin Faulk (Hurricanes), Colin Greening (Senators), Carl Hagelin (Rangers),
Adam Henrique (Devils), Cody Hodgson (Canucks), Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets), Nick Johnson (Wild), Gabriel Landeskog (Avalanche), Adam Larsson (Devils), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oilers), Matt Read (Flyers), Craig Smith (Predators)
Note: Players who have their names crossed out were originally named to the weekend but dropped out, due to injuries, suspension, and/or terrible recent publicity. (I really wish that last one could apply to more than just Ovie....)
So, let's bring on the sillyness. By the way, I found the perfect theme for my set of open threads this weekend. You see, it can be said that All-Star Games are to the NHL like the movie "Vampires Suck" is to the Twilight series. Based on this, all the open threads I post this weekend will feature clips from Vampires Suck to make us all laugh. Our first one below is a pretty epic fan-edit that makes the shovel scene so much more glorious. If you get bored of the draft at any point, just keep hitting replay on this until you're ready to watch the draft again.