Edmonton's Taylor Hall and San Jose's Logan Couture were chosen as captains for the 12 rookies who will participate in the Honda SuperSkills competition Saturday during NHL All-Star Weekend, the League announced Friday.
Hall and Couture will take part in a coin flip Friday night during the 2011 All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco. The winner will then get to choose which team, Team Lidstrom or Team Staal, his group of six rookies will join for the competition the following night.
Couture leads all NHL rookies with 22 goals. Hall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, is third in goals (16) and points (31) behind Couture and Carolina's Jeff Skinner, who has been promoted to join the veterans in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as an injury replacement.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter