The 2011 NHL All-Star Game is set to be played Sunday afternoon, and the rosters for the exhibition were established Friday night. The first ever NHL Fantasy Draft was held in Raleigh, the site of this year's All-Star Game, and involved team captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal putting together their rosters via a draft.
Staal's team got the first pick and he selected Hurricanes goalie and teammate Cam Ward. Lidstrom went with Steven Stamkos for his round one selection and then opted for defense in round two, picking Duncan Keith from the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the Red Wings' biggest rivals. Lidstrom already had one Blackhawk on his team before the draft, as Patrick Kane was picked as one of his assistant captains. (Lidstrom also later picked Chicago's Jonathan Toews, giving him three Blackhawks on his roster.) Martin St. Louis is the other player that will wear an A on his jersey for Team Lidstrom on Sunday, and Ryan Kesler and Mike Green will do the same for Team Staal.
Below is a full look at the results from the 2011 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft (via NHL.com).
1. Cam Ward, G, Team Staal
2. Steven Stamkos, C, Team Lidstrom
3. Alexander Ovechkin, RW, Team Staal
4. Duncan Keith, D, Team Lidstrom
5. Daniel Sedin, W, Team Staal
6. Henrik Sedin, C, Team Lidstrom
7. Zdeno Chara, D, Team Staal
8. Shea Weber, D, Team Lidstrom
9. Rick Nash, W, Team Staal
10. Tim Thomas, G, Team Lidstrom
11. Henrik Lundqvist, G, Team Staal
12. Daniel Briere, C/W, Team Lidstrom
13. Marc Staal, D, Team Staal
14. Dustin Byfuglien, D, Team Lidstrom
15. Patrick Sharp, LW, Team Staal
16. Jonathan Toews, C, Team Lidstrom
17. Dan Boyle, D, Team Staal
18. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Team Lidstrom
19. Carey Price, G, Team Staal
20. Jonas Hiller, G, Team Lidstrom
21. Jeff Skinner, C, Team Staal
22. Brad Richards, C, Team Lidstrom
23. Kris Letang, D, Team Staal
24. Keith Yandle, D, Team Lidstrom
25. Claude Giroux, RW, Team Staal
26. Brent Burns, D, Team Lidstrom
27. Erik Karlsson, D, Team Staal
28. Martin Havlat, RW, Team Lidstrom
29. Corey Perry, RW, Team Staal
30. Anze Kopitar, C, Team Lidstrom
Team Staal: Logan Cuture, C; Tyler Ennis, LW; Michael Grabner, RW; Jamie McBain, D; Tyler Seguin, C; P.K. Subban, D.
Team Lidstrom: Evgeny Dadonov, RW; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D; Cam Fowler, D; Taylor Hall, LW; Kevin Shattenkirk, D; Derek Stepan, C.
31. Patrik Elias, LW, Team Staal
32. Matt Duchene, C, Team Lidstrom
33. David Backes, RW, Team Staal
34. Loui Eriksson, LW, Team Lidstrom
35. Paul Stastny, C, Team Staal
36. Phil Kessel, RW. Team Lidstrom