From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 29 Jan 2011

Going to start off this mornings From Abdelkader to Zuccarello a little different; because lets face it with the All-Star Weekend everything is a little different right now. So here is with my music choice of the morning: Bleak – What You Are:

Now let us dive in as the NHL All-Star Weekend kicks off with a state-of-the-art unveiling at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital – No it’s not the Guardians.

RBC Center (Tom Turk/THW)

In case you missed the NHL All-Star Draft last night be sure to check out some of the sounds of the draft as players were mic’ed on and off stage.

A look at some of your 2011 NHL All-Stars (Tom Turk/THW)

All-Star Draft results
In white – Team Staal: Eric Staal, Mike Green and Ryan Kesler
In blue – Team Lidstrom: Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin St. Louis and Patrick Kane

Round One: Cam Ward (Team Staal); Steven Stamkos (Team Lidstrom)
Round Two: Alexander Ovechkin; Duncan Keith
Round Three: Daniel Sedin; Henrik Sedin
Round Four: Zdeno Chara; Shea Weber
Round Five: Rick Nash; Tim Thomas
Round Six: Henrik Lundqvist; Daniel Briere
Round Seven: Marc Staal; Dustin Byfuglien
Round Eight: Patrick Sharp; Jonathan Toews
Round Nine: Dan Boyle, Marc-Andre Fleury
Round Ten: Carey Price; Jonas Hiller
Round Eleven: Jeff Skinner; Brad Richards
Round Twelve: Kris Letang; Keith Yandle
Round Thirteen: Claude Giroux; Brent Burns
Round Fourteen: Erik Karlsson; Martin Havlat
Round Fifteen: Corey Perry; Anze Kopitar
Round Sixteen: Patrik Elias; Matt Duchene
Round Seventeen: David Backes; Loui Eriksson
Round Eighteen: Paul Stastny; Phil Kessel

They say good things happen to those that wait. Well Toronto Maple Leaf Phil Kessel did a lot of waiting last night as we went last in the first ever NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft – but it was for a good cause. For being the last pick in the draft a charity of his choice will receive a $20,000 donation.

Is Nicklas Lidstrom the perfect hockey player?

Nashville Predators Shea Weber speaks about the All-Star draft and being picked by central division rival Nick Lidstrom.

As part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative First lady Michelle Obama had teamed up with USA Hockey and the National Hockey League to produce a public service announcement. “Let’s Move!” encourages children to be healthy and active by playing hockey.

A look back at some of the biggest news from the last NHL All-Star game back in 2009

New to hockey? Know someone who is? Check out the book review for the second edition of the A to Z Guide to Hockey Terms.

Frank Rekes from The Rat Trick debates if there is enough for the Florida Panthers to make a playoff push this year.

Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury after being drafted for Team Lidstrom. (Tom Turk/THW)

For all of those goalies in training out there: The Goalie Guild has a great piece on Casual vs. Attentive goaltending.

With so many Swedes on the All-Star roster it should not come as a surprise all the coverage in Sweden about the fantasy draft last night.

Speaking of Swedes… Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy has video of “The Twins” speaking of their first ever split.

When it comes to winning the Cornell Women’s ice hockey team knows how to do it. In an 8-0 win over Union they have extended their winning streak to 17 games.

The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell weighs in on the results of the first ever NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.


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