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Mock Draft II: Who will Staal, Lidstrom choose?

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Mock Draft II: Who will Staal, Lidstrom choose?
This time, NHL.com writers Dan Rosen and Dave Lozo try to get inside the heads of All-Star captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom to pick the teams for this year's game in Raleigh.
It's time to once again make a mockery of mock drafts.

Last week, staff writers Dan Rosen and Dave Lozo played the role of All-Star captains and drafted their fantasy teams for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30 in Raleigh.

But with Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom being selected as captains Tuesday, it's time for a new mock draft challenge -- getting in the heads of Staal and Lidstrom.

For this mock draft, Rosen will play the role of Staal while Lozo will play the role of Lidstrom. Since the alternates haven't been made official, we've guessed that Jonathan Toews, Jarome Iginla, Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara will fill those roles. We've partnered Staal with Toews and Chara; Lidstrom will work with Iginla and Ovechkin.

Be sure to check out the Jan. 28 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, which will be televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m., to see if Rosen and Lozo where anywhere close to accurate, which they probably won't be.

As captain of the team playing in his home building, Team Staal selected first.

ROUND 1
 
Staal -- Sidney Crosby (C)
 
I'm not sure he's going to play. In fact, I'm pretty certain that he won't, but on the off chance that he does suit up for the All-Star Game I'm happy that Sidney Crosby will be on the home team. And yes, Mr. Lidstrom, we are the home team.

Lidstrom -- Henrik Sedin (C)

Everyone knows Swedes make the best hockey players, so it was a no-brainer to take the reigning MVP with my first pick.

ROUND 2
 
Staal -- Cam Ward (G)
 
I couldn't let my guy hang in the crowd for too long. Now he owes me a dinner.

Lidstrom -- Daniel Sedin (W)

The only thing better than one Swede is two Swedes, and these guys are a package deal, like a couch and love seat from IKEA.

ROUND 3
 
Staal -- Evgeni Malkin (C/W)
 
Sid made this pick for me. He wasn't a captain or an alternate, but I had to give him one selection at least. I'm not the greedy kind. He wanted his teammate, and who am I to argue with No. 87 going with No. 71. Heck, maybe I'll talk to Jimmy Rutherford about trading for Geno now.

Lidstrom -- Henrik Lundqvist (G)

He won me an Olympic gold medal and he's at his best right now, so I needed to lock up our No. 1 goalie early.

ROUND 4
 
Staal -- Shea Weber (D)
 
His booming shot along with Chara's pretty much guarantees we will win the Hardest Shot competition Saturday night. I played with him in the Olympics and he impressed me there. The guy is a stud D-man. Can Rutherford work a deal for him, too?

Lidstrom -- Steven Stamkos (C)

I guess a Canadian or two on the team wouldn't hurt us. It will also help to have Henrik feeding him in the Stamkos spot on the power play.

ROUND 5
 
Staal -- Rick Nash (RW)
 
Sorry, Sid and Jonathan, but Nash is going to play on my right side just as he did for stretches in the Olympics. I think he's one of the best forwards in the game and arguably the best power forward in the game. He was a no-brainer in the fifth round.

Lidstrom -- Duncan Keith (D)

A lot of people have compared him to me, and who's better than me? Playing 20 minutes alongside a younger me will be fun.

ROUND 6
 
Staal -- Patrick Sharp (W)
 
Toews got to make this pick. He first looks at Patrick Kane and then shakes his head no. He looks to his right, points at Sharp and calls him up on stage. Kane feels the dagger. Sharp laughs at Kane and shakes hands with us on stage. What a scene.

Lidstrom -- Martin St. Louis (W)

The Stamkos kid wouldn't shut up about taking his running partner, so I obliged him like the Swedish gentleman that I am.

ROUND 7
 
Staal -- Tim Thomas (G)
 
Chara got this pick and no surprise here, he went with his guy. I wasn't about to stand in his way. Thomas leads the NHL in almost all significant goalie categories, so he's got my vote, especially in the seventh round.

Lidstrom -- Jonas Hiller (G)

This guy has stopped pucks all season. Well, not Red Wings pucks. We beat him twice. Luckily, he'll be facing a lesser team and not the Wings in the All-Star Game.

ROUND 8
 
Staal -- Kris Letang (D)
 
A young Nicklas Lidstrom? OK, maybe it's way too early to say that, but Crosby and Malkin believe in Letang a lot and I have to go with the group on this one. Now we have candidates for the Hart, Norris and Vezina on our team not to mention two former Conn Smythe winners.

Lidstrom -- Ryan Kesler (C)

The Sedins told me they were afraid he would run them over in a game, so I put him on our team to be safe.

ROUND 9
 
Staal -- Dustin Byfuglien (D)
 
This pick was all mine. I don't like playing against him now. I don't like that he's in the Southeast Division. The guy is a monster and he's so difficult to deal with. Just once I'd like to know what it's like to have him on my side.

Lidstrom -- Marc Staal (D)

I'm tired of all the trash talk between him and his brother. Here's his chance to lower a shoulder into him in an All-Star Game.

ROUND 10
 
Staal -- Carey Price (G)
 
I had two options: Carey or Marc-Andre Fleury. Since I already have Crosby, Malkin and Letang, I figured I better go with Carey. Who in this game knows Fleury's weaknesses better than Sid, Geno and Kris. Now that's Nicklas' concern.

Lidstrom -- Marc-Andre Fleury (G)

Any goalie who can make a diving save against a talent like me to win a Cup deserves to be on my team.

ROUND 11

 
Staal -- Brad Richards (C)
 
He is sixth in the League in scoring. Sixth. That's pretty darn good. I've always admired his game and I know he'll be excited to be in Raleigh because this is his first All-Star Game. He's my third Conn Smythe winner.

Lidstrom -- Dan Boyle (D)

He's like a right-handed version of me. And shorter. And not Swedish. So really, he's nothing like me. But he's really good, so I'll take him.

ROUND 12
 
Staal -- Matt Duchene (C)
 
Went young here and with a guy we don't see too often in Raleigh. But I got some help from Toews on this one and some advice from Weber, Nash, Sharp and Richards. Not one of them had a bad word to say about the kid.

Lidstrom -- Patrick Kane (W)

I've heard Kane tell stories about how hard I am to play against. I'll cut him a break and give him a chance to play with me for once.

ROUND 13
 
Staal -- Mike Green (D)
 
I know him well from all of our battles in the Southeast Division, so I know what Green can bring to this team. Yes, he's an All-Star, but Green is quietly having arguably his most complete season. He's not scoring as much, but he's become a much tougher defender.

Lidstrom -- Tobias Enstrom (D)

A Swedish defenseman who is third in the League in points will always have a home on Team Lidstrom. Also, he's the best Tobias since Arrested Development went off the air.

ROUND 14
 
Staal -- Corey Perry (W)
 
Just another powerful forward to add to my stock. And with Hiller on the other side, I have yet another guy that knows one of the opposing goalies well.

Lidstrom -- Loui Eriksson (W)

I know he has 49 points in 46 games, but where is he from again? Oh, that's right. Just the best country in the whole world!

ROUND 15
 
Staal -- Erik Karlsson (D)
 
Went young again here, but I felt the need/urge to break up Team Sweden over there. Nicklas already has himself, the Sedin twins, Lundqvist, Eriksson and Enstrom -- I needed to have one Swede on my team.

Lidstrom -- Brent Burns (D)

By taking Erik Karlsson, Team Staal just committed a fatal mistake. Karlsson will be too busy being sad about not playing with me to have a good game.

ROUND 16
 
Staal -- Anze Kopitar (C)
 
You can tell you're drafting for an All-Star Game when a guy as talented as Kopitar doesn't go until the top of the 16th round. He's 10th in the League in scoring. Only four guys on this team have more points than his 47.

Lidstrom -- David Backes (W)

I've seen first-hand how tough he is to play against, so I'm happy to have him crushing opposing defensemen and not me in this one.

ROUND 17
 
Staal -- Claude Giroux (C/W)
 
Versatility was the buzz word with this pick. Giroux can play center or wing, both on the power play and penalty kill. If we need him to play big minutes, he will. But he'll still be effective if he plays only 8-10.

Lidstrom -- Patrik Elias (W/C)

I've battled Elias for a long time in my career. I also realized I needed someone else who could play center on a fourth line.

ROUND 18
 
Staal -- Ales Hemsky (W)
 
Went with a total gut feeling on this pick. He hasn't played with anybody on my roster before at any level, but Hemsky has 29 points in 31 games for the Oilers this season and he's another versatile player.

Lidstrom -- Phil Kessel (W)

He may be Mr. Irrelevant in this draft, but I'll see to it he has at least 2 goals, making him relevant in the box score.
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