As the All-Stars gather in Ottawa for Thursday night's second annual "Fantasy Draft" (8 pm, NBC Sports Network), we asked SI.com hockey scribes Adrian Dater and Darren Eliot to play the roles of captains Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson respectively and choose up the sides.
"I can still taste the sweet nectar of victory after my hand-picked team beat yours last year," Mr. Dater gloated at Mr. Eliot in a most unseemly manner that in no way reflects the beliefs of this website, "a decisive 11-10 triumph of Team Lidstrom/Dater over Team Staal/Eliot in Raleigh. The game was not as close as the final score would indicate. What's that? The teams we picked weren't the same as the ones that actually played the game? Nobody knows that, dude! Nobody has any idea how the NHL All-Star Game works anymore. They've had about 314 formats in the last 25 years."
On that note, let this year's Mock All-Star Fantasy Draft begin.
What? Bissonnette just canceled, too, citing laryngitis? Who is left to play in this thing? Hmm. With the first selection, Team Chara/Dater takes Daniel Sedin. And if Henrik is playing well and he's on your team, Eliot, he's already agreed to switch jerseys with Daniel after the first period. No one will know.
F Daniel Sedin
D Zdeno Chara
G Brian Elliott
F Daniel Alfredsson
D Erik Karlsson
G Henrik Lundqvist