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Posted On Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 3:10 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Ready to Raleigh

Fowler looking for respect

As if he hasn't already gained it with his stellar and somewhat surprising play through xx games, Anaheim rookie defenseman Cam Fowler, who is all of 19 years old, is hoping to use the Honda SuperSkills competition as an opportunity to earn some more stripes for himself around the NHL.

"The experience and being with these guys, the stars of the game, I'll hopefully gain their respect," Fowler told NHL.com. "The skills is just for fun, but it would be cool if you do accuracy shooting and go 4 for 4 and have the guys ooh and ahh. That would be pretty cool, but I don't have high expectations."

Fowler admitted being here is strange for him because every other time he's been to an NHL-sponsored event -- the Scouting Combine in Toronto, the Entry Draft in Los Angeles -- he's been one of the most sought after guys by the media.

Here in Raleigh, he's hardly even recognized.

"It's a little different dynamic, but it's awesome to be around the superstars of the League and they're the ones that keep the show running," Fowler said. "It's cool to see how the guys are off the ice. They're superstars of the League but they're still laid back guys and they don't treat us any different. It's a great experience.

"You might get a chance to sit next to anybody in the locker room, guys you grew up watching, and that's pretty cool."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 3:08 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Ready to Raleigh

Lidstrom can't retire, right?

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom signed a one-year contract this past summer because he wasn't sure how much longer he wanted to play beyond 2011. He's still wishy-washy even though he's having yet another phenomenal season and could be in line for his seventh Norris Trophy.

"You know what, I haven't thought about it yet," Lidstrom said. "That's why I signed a one-year deal last summer because I wanted to see how I feel health-wise and if I'm still motivated to play. That I'll take into account when I sit down and make my decision in the summertime again."

Lidstrom admitted he didn't think he would be playing at the age of 40, but he's not only playing; he's having a huge season.

He has 42 points, just 2 behind Phoenix All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle, who leads all NHL defensemen in scoring.

"I'm honored when people mention me for that award," Lidstrom said of the Norris. "Going into this year I wanted to have a better season than I did last year. Having a few extra weeks off in the summer time helped me get my offseason conditioning going. Just having a few more weeks of workouts helped me have a good year."

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 9:15 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Stastny goes 35th, and Kessel is last

35. Paul Stastny, Colorado, C (Team Staal)
36. Phil Kessel, Toronto, W (Team Lidstrom)


Just to be sure you all know this, Dave Lozo and I had this one nailed in Mock Draft III. We had Stastny going 35th and Kessel going 36th as the last pick inthe draft.

Kessel got a good hand from the crowd for waiting and being a good sport in being selected last.

Just for waiting, Kessel got A NEW CAR!!!!

The teams are set. It's on.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 9:13 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Backes, Eriksson go in 17th round

33. David Backes, St. Louis, W (Team Staal)
34. Loui Eriksson, Dallas, W (Team Lidstrom)


Ryan Kesler makes the pick for Team Staal and goes with Backes because he doesn't want to get hit by the guy who swears he will hit someone in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

As for Lidstrom, he simply had to pick Eriksson, a fellow Swede.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 9:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Elias to Staal, Duchene to Lidstrom

31. Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils, W (Team Staal)
32. Matt Duchene, Colorado, C (Team Lidstrom)


Elias, a three-time All-Star but for the first time since 2002, will have a chance to play for a really good team again. He's used to that with the Devils, but this season has been difficult. He'll join Team Staal.

I really thought Duchene would go higher in this draft. He's having a phenomenal season for the Avalanche with 20 goals and 45 points. He's a great pick here for Lidstrom.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:58 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Southern California represented in 15th round

29. Corey Perry, Anaheim (Team Staal)
30. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles (Team Lidstrom)


A pair of SoCal boys go in the 15th round, and neither is easy to play against.

Perry could be a sleeper pick as the MVP in Sunday's game. He just does everything well and it seems like he would be the ideal underrated player to take on Sunday.

Kopitar could be in that mix, too. He's not well known enough by hockey fans, so be sure to watch him Saturday in the Skills competition and Sunday in the game because he's one of the top players in the League.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:56 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Karlsson last D-man to go, Havlat to Team Lidstrom

27. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa, D (Team Staal)
28. Martin Havlat, Minnesota, W (Team Lidstrom)


Karlsson is the last D-man chosen. Staal had one more round to nab him, but he went with him early.

Havlat, a replacement player here for the injured Ales Hemsky, will be motivated to play for Nicklas Lidstrom. He played against him while in Chicago and still does as a member of the Wild. Havlat is having a solid season for the Wild, who are also playing some seriously good hockey lately.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:53 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Giroux, Burns go in 13th round

25. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia, C/W (Team Staal)
26. Brent Burns, Minnesota, D (Team Lidstrom)


Giroux is having a big season for the Flyers, scoring goals in all situations. Clearly Staal is thinking about special teams with this selection.

As for Burns, Lidstrom plays against him enough in the Western Conference that he felt he had to go with him, but I'm sort of surprised he didn't go with the Swede D-man on the board, Erik Karlsson.

Giroux is having a big season for the Flyers, scoring goals in all situations. Clearly Staal is thinking about special teams with this selection.

As for Burns, Lidstrom plays against him enough in the Western Conference that he felt he had to go with him, but I'm sort of surprised he didn't go with the Swede D-man on the board, Erik Karlsson.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:52 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

High-scoring D-men go in 12th round

23. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh, D (Team Staal)
24. Keith Yandle, Phoenix, D (Team Lidstrom)


Two high-scoring blue-liners are off the board. Good picks on both sides.

Yandle is on a 9-game point streak and leads all defensemen in scoring, but not by much over Letang.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:50 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Staal gets his team together, Lidstrom gets Richards

21. Jeff Skinner, Carolina, C (Team Staal)
22. Brad Richards, Dallas, C/W (Team Lidstrom)


Staal got his wish. He's got all of his teammates together and will have a real home-ice advantage. Skinner goes with the first pick in the 11th round. Skinner will be the youngest player to play for an All-Star team in the history of All-Star Games in the four major pro sports.

Staal had an entire commercial break to figure this one out, but something tells me he had it nailed after the 9th round when it was obvious that the 10th round had to be about the goalies.

Marty St. Louis was happy to make the next pick for Team Lidstrom. He went with his former teammate and former Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards, who is having a huge season for the Dallas Stars
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