NHL All-Star Game 2011: In the End, All-Star Draft Was a Bore

January 29th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
With millions of fans watching in anticipation, the NHL launched it's first ever NHL All-Star draft in Carolina last night.

For many NHL fans, there were really three or four story lines. Which player would be selected first? Would the Sedin twins be forced to play against each other? Where would their favorite player land? And, of course, which player would be selected last?

With Sidney Crosby out of the All-Star festivities many expected Alex Ovechkin to be selected first—which didn't happen. To the surprise of many, Carolina Hurricane captain Eric Staal (who would captain one of the All-Star teams) showed a ton of loyalty when he selected Hurricane teammate Cam Ward as the first overall selection.

The Sedin twins would end up on separate teams, which sets up what may very well be the first time these two players will be separated on the ice since they left the womb.

While there were a number of surprises along the way, few were surprised to see Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel selected last. Numerous mock drafts had the hard luck sniper being selected last, which probably didn't sit well with Kessel, or Maple Leafs GM ...

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