-- 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."