Well that was fun-ish. As expected, the second-ever All-Star Player Fantasy Draft quickly degraded into an exercise of team loyalty and hating on rivals as Daniel Alfreddson selected every Senator (and practically every Swede) in the pool while Zdeno Chara picked every Bruin and adamantly refused to select any Canuck. He did select the only Canadien on the board, though.
As the lead indicates, Logan Couture was selected as this year's Mr. Irrelevant, while our beloved Corey Perry was selected before every forward except Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, and Marian Hossa. He ended up on Team Chara with Joffrey Lupul. There's also something truly delicious about a Shark getting picked last while a Duck (err Mighty Duck as Chara would call him) was picked so high in the draft. And lest there be any smack about how we have more All-Stars than you, the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks all ended up with one All-Star each. Though the bastard Red Wings did end up with two (stupid Jimmy Howard).
As for our reader contest, commenter Red8ball won with 14 total points, correctly picking Eric Karlsson as the first pick, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, and Tim Thomas as the first players in their positions, and Shark Logan Couture as Mr. Irrelevant. In case you somehow missed it, a Shark was picked last.
Join me after the jump for some general draft musings and observations.
Did you hear a Shark was drafted last? It was pretty awesome.
Did we really have to ask Tim Thomas about the Whitehouse stuff? Really? Regardless of your position, All-Star Weekend was not the time or place.
There needs to be a rule that you can't just pick your teammates. It gets old.
Joffrey Lupul cracked me up. The Sens fans were giving to him all night and I seriously thought we were going to get an FCC violation out of Loops. Good on him for handling the hate and giving it back as much as he could.
I do not appreciate that the dual language stage announcer guy failed to mention Perry winning the Hart while they pointed out that a Sedin won the Art Ross. Weak. [Ed. Note: Perry's "highlight" was winning the ASG skills competition last year or some crap like that. Weak, indeed.]
Is anyone else but me sick of the Canucks/Bruins thing? We get it. You don't like each other. Calling it the "best rivalry in the NHL right now" also seemed sort of patronizing to me.
We got into a lively discussion during the open thread about Star Wars and Bobby Ryan's review of Twilight. Seriously.
Someone should tell Logan Couture (who was drafted last, by the way) that when a camera is focused on you, it's a bad practice to lick your lips or generally have your tongue visible. It's creepy as hell.
Finally, shame on the NHL for managing to find a way to stretch something that should have taken a half-hour to more than 70 minutes. All of the filler was unnecessary recaps, awkward back-stage shots, and uncomfortable ad hoc interviews.