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Hagelin going to All-Star Weekend

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers All-Star Central

Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin will be part of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend, after being named to the 12-rookie squad that will go to Ottawa.

Hagelin, who has eight goals and 16 points in 29 games this season, was added to the All-Star event along with Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz as replacements for New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson and forward Adam Henrique.

The 12 invited rookies will take part the All-Star Skills competition on Friday night, and will be assigned to either Team Alfredsson or Team Chara at the conclusion of Thursday's All-Star Fantasy Draft.

The draft, airing on NBC Sports Network, gets under way at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and three other Rangers will be taking part. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is an assistant captain for Team Alfredsson, which will draft against Team Chara from a pool of 50 of the best hockey players in the world -- 38 NHL All-Stars and the 12 rookies.

As a participant in the All-Star SuperSkills event on Saturday night at Ottawa, Carl Hagelin just might become the first Ranger to be win the NHL's Fastest Skater event since Mike Gartner did it in 1993.
The Draft will be held at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec.

The 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft's format was announced by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday. The draft will divide the All-Stars and rookies into two teams for the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend events, including the Skills Competition on Saturday night and the All-Star Game on Sunday.

Team Alfredsson is led by captain Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators and his assistant captain Lundqvist. Team Chara features captain Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and his assistant captain Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A coin toss will decide Thursday night's first pick, with Alfredsson and Chara, joined by their assistant captains, alternately drafting the 38 remaining All-Stars through 19 rounds. Each team will consist of three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. To ensure that the final draft picks are true selections and not simply predetermined due to position requirements, each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15.

The 12 Rookies participating in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be divided by the National Hockey League into two groups of six. At the completion of the 15th round of the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player

The NHL Foundation and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund each will donate $10,000 on behalf of the All-Star selected with the final pick of the Draft to the grassroots hockey program of his choice.

Team Alfredsson and Team Chara will compete in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, also at Scotiabank Place on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Live television coverage of both events will be provided by NBC Sports Network.

Players in Thursday night's draft pool (Note: Henrik Lundqvist is already on Team Alfredsson and is therefore not draft eligible):

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Nick Johnson, Minnesota Wild
Raphael Diaz, Montreal Canadiens
Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers

Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks
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