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NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco

Stars aligned for big show in Raleigh

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 5:09 PM / NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The RBC Center holds a little more than 18,000 fans when set up for hockey, and it has a well-earned reputation as one of the loudest arenas in the NHL for big games.

If there was any concern about the new format for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover removing the rooting interest for the home fans, Carolina captain Eric Staal made sure the Caniacs in attendance will not have split allegiances. Thanks to some deft drafting by its captain, Team Staal will boast all three members of the Carolina Hurricanes when the puck is dropped Sunday for the League's showcase of stars.

Sedins set to face one another for the first time

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 12:03 AM / NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Daniel and Henrik Sedin have been inseparable since birth.
That is until Friday when the red-headed, identical twins were selected opposite one another during NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco was held at the Raleigh Convention Center. Daniel, the goal-scorer of the two, was picked fifth overall by Team Eric Staal. Henrik, the assist man, was plucked with the very next selection by Team Nicklas Lidstrom.
It will mark the first time in their careers they will oppose each other on the ice.
"I haven't really thought about playing against him yet, but it's an All-Star Game and it's exciting," Henrik  Sedin said. "We actually expected not to be playing together from the day we got picked to this All-Star Game so it's no surprise for us."

Dan Boyle finally has his draft 'moment'

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle never had the opportunity to hear his named called at an NHL Entry Draft.
Boyle, who signed with the Florida Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 1998, received the next best thing on Friday when he was selected No. 17 by captain Eric Staal during the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Friday at the Raleigh Convention Center.
He'll represent Team Staal against Team Lidstrom at Sunday's 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover.

Numbers: How Team Lidstrom, Team Staal stack up

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The teams for the NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover are set. Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom chose up sides Friday night for the game at the RBC Center on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS).

The selection process was light-hearted, with one set of brothers (the Staals) ending up on the same team -- but another (the Sedin twins) facing the prospect of opposing each other for the first time in their careers.

Here's a numerical look at some of the highlights of the All-Star Fantasy Draft:

1 -- Vezina Trophy winners taking part in the game. Only Boston's Tim Thomas (2009) will be on the ice -- he was the first goaltender taken by Team Lidstrom. That could be a good omen for Team Lidstrom, because Thomas has been the winning goaltender in each of the last two All-Star Games.

Comparing our mock drafts with Friday's real thing


RALEIGH -- All-Star captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal have made their picks and now move on to deciding mid-day Saturday which teammates will compete in which Honda SuperSkills events later in the evening at the RBC Center. But before turning the page to the Fastest Skaters or Breakaway Challenge moves, it's time to see how the mock-draft gurus at NHL.com and NHL Network fared.

Here's the skinny on what NHL.com's Dan Rosen and Dave Lozo mocked and how fellow mockers (or is that muckers?) and NHL Network analysts extraordinaire Kevin Weekes and Jeremy Roenick fared. We will let you decide for yourself which of the four was the best prognosticator.

Staal has Carolina on his mind at ASG Draft

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eric Staal made his own wish come true Friday night by hitting all the right notes in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco.
Staal opened with a bang by selecting Carolina Hurricanes' teammate Cam Ward with the first pick in the draft. He raised the octaves in the seventh round by calling his own brother's name, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. He subtly played a sweet melody by selecting fellow Thunder Bay, Ont., product Patrick Sharp with his very next pick. Staal then brought the house down by using the first pick in Round 11 on Raleigh sweetheart Jeff Skinner.
Staal even got lucky after Round 15 when, by default, Hurricanes rookie defenseman Jamie McBain ended up on his team for the Honda SuperSkills competition Saturday night.

Ovechkin settles for being No. 3 in draft

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Alex Ovechkin thought he had a pretty good chance to be the first pick of the 2011 All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco.

Instead, the Washington Capitals' superstar had to settle for being No. 3, taken by Team Staal after Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos were the first two picks.

Ovechkin put the blame on Carolina's Eric Staal taking his teammate with the first pick.

Kessel OK with being last in line

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH -- It was a situation wrought with the potential for hurt feelings Friday night.

There sat Toronto's Phil Kessel and Colorado's Paul Stastny as the last two players available in the 2011 All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco.

Carolina's Eric Staal went to the podium inside the Raleigh Convention Center and announced that he was taking Stastny, which left Kessel with the dubious honor of being the last player taken in the draft.

If Kessel was bothered about it afterward, he wasn't showing it.

Backstage, Kessel was chuckling as his phone vibrated with text after text from Maple Leafs teammates who were taking some good-natured shots at Mr. Irrelevant.


A look at the All-Star rosters

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal have made their roster picks for Sunday's NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover (4 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN, RDS).

So how did they do? Where is each one strongest? Weakest? Does either team have an edge?  Here's a look at how the two captains did and what they focused on.

Fantasy Draft adds 'hot sauce' to weekend

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

RALEIGH -- Carolina captain Eric Staal wouldn't have complained if this NHL All-Star Weekend was like every other, with the pre-organized rosters and a quiet Friday night before the Saturday SuperSkills competition. The fact that it isn't has made his life that much more exciting the past few weeks.

Staal will join Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom on stage Friday for the first NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN). Ryan Kesler and Mike Green will assist Team Staal, while Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis will help select players for Team Lidstrom.

The Fantasy Draft is an innovative, never-before-seen event for the NHL. By now, no one can argue with the buzz it has created within the hockey community.

"I would not necessarily say that (the All-Star Game) needed to be changed, but I think the change is welcome," Staal said. "I think it is a great idea. It adds a different element. You haven't seen anything like this in pro sports before with anything."

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