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Posted at 10:48 PM ET, 01/28/2011

Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green to suit up for 'Team Staal'

By Katie Carrera

Mike Green told Alex Ovechkin he would petition the other powers that be for Team Staal -- Eric Staal and fellow alternate captain Ryan Kesler -- to select Ovechkin early in the NHL All-Star fantasy draft. So even after he wasn't the first overall pick of the draft, Ovechkin didn't worry.

"I wasn't sweating; it's just fun," Ovechkin said. "I knew if they went No. 1 they were going to pick Cam [Ward], probably. It's going to be fun, you know. We made some good selections."

For Green's part, there wasn't too much extra coaxing needed to get the two-time Hart Trophy winner on his team.

"I told him I would lobby for him. I didn't know exactly how it was going to work out, but I didn't have to push too hard," said Green, who added that his team was picked not only for the game but the skills competition as well. Green also suggested that Team Staal pick up Zdeno Chara specifically to help out Saturday night in the hardest-shot competition.

As one might have imagined, Team Staal has strong Carolina ties with the addition of Cam Ward and rookie Jeff Skinner. Team Lidstrom, featuring alternate captains Martin St. Louis of the Lightning and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks, picked up Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos and several members of the 2010 Stanley Cup-winning Chicago squad in Duncan Keith, Jonothan Toews and Dustin Byfuglien.

Regardless of which team might come out on top in the skills competition or game this weekend, the players dubbed the first all-star fantasy draft a success in adding a new wrinkle to the festivities.

Ovechkin, who is accustomed to attending many of the NHL's premier events, said he would enjoy possibly being a captain and getting to select his own team if the league would conduct an all-star draft again.

"It was not long, like an hour, and just to be part of this process was pretty cool," Ovechkin said. "I think it's unbelievable."

This is Green's first all-star appearance and while he has nothing to compare the experience to, he said he enjoyed the added spectacle.

"I think it went well. I guess we'll see how the text messages go from the friends, what they thought," Green said. "I thought on stage it went well, it ran smoothly and hopefully people liked it....This is cool. It is special. I've been to drafts and other events but this is pretty special and I'm very honored to be here."

Final rosters

Team Staal
F Eric Staal (C)
F Ryan Kesler (A)
F Alex Ovechkin
F Daniel Sedin
F Rick Nash
F Patrick Sharp
F Jeff Skinner
F Claude Giroux
F Corey Perry
F Patrik Elias
F Paul Stastny
F David Backes

D Mike Green (A)
D Zdeno Chara
D Marc Staal
D Dan Boyle
D Kris Letang
D Erik Karlsson

G Cam Ward
G Henrik Lundqvist
G Carey Price

Team Lidstrom
F Martin St. Louis (A)
F Patrick Kane (A)
F Steven Stamkos
F Henrik Sedin
F Danny Briere
F Jonathan Toews
F Brad Richards
F Martin Havlat
F Anze Kopitar
F Matt Duchene
F Loui Eriksson
F Phil Kessel

D Nicklas Lidstrom (C)
D Duncan Keith
D Shea Weber
D Dustin Byfuglien
D Keith Yandle
D Brent Burns

G Tim Thomas
G Marc-Andre Fleury
G Jonas Hiller

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 10:48 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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Comments

first! go caps!!
yay!

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 28, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

first! go caps!!
yay!

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 28, 2011 11:52 PM

?!?!? you haven't been drinking have you? you seem overly chipper. :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 29, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I've definitely been drinking...

Posted by: sca187 | January 29, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Cool idea, but it was kind of weird to watch. I'm a huge hockey fan, but the whole coverage seemed a little odd and forced - kind of like the early ESPN shows.

Posted by: gs12 | January 29, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

A cool concept, but I agree with gs12 that it was odd, at times painful, to watch and it seemed like TSN spent all of 15 minutes on pre-production planning. The "behind the scenes" conversations were pretty much worthless and you could barely make out what the players were saying. Plus, none of the players seemed to have a clue that the host might want to talk to him after they were picked and Phil Kessel nearly needed to be pried out of his seat. Would it have been so hard for a PA to give him a heads up on the way to the stage that there might be something special for being the last player picked?

I was also a bit surprised that this was a TSN-branded event broadcast on Versus. Does Versus have its own talent?

Posted by: AlligatorArms | January 29, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"There needs to be an outright ban on any hits to the head period, regardless of if it's incidental contact," said Allan Walsh, whose clients include the Capitals' Jason Chimera.

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Chimmy's prolly like "dude, go out and tell em there oughta be an outright ban on hitting period! Then I can really play my game and make us even more money!"

Just kidding Chimmy. Your hitting has improved by about 5% this year. Mostly at home.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 29, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The draft was must-watch TV. Just as much watch as the Pro Bowl & NHL All-star game. No-check hockey & touch football, wow I can't wait.
A weekend off for football & hockey fans.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 29, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Chimmy's hitting has improved by about 5% this year. Does that mean he is hitting 5%of the time? Also, how do you know that Chimmy is hitting people at his home?
When 2 players in the NFL collide by accident & 1 gets hit in the head, it's not an illegal act. If 2 NBA players are diving for a loose ball & by accident 1 hits the other in the head, there isn't a suspension.
Hockey is a contact sport, sometimes people get hit by accident (ask Fehr). If hockey suspends all players for head hit regardless of intent, they should suspend a teammate for accidentally hitting other teammate.
How do you think the hockey fairy fans would like this: "Cindy Crysby was suspended for 3 games for a head hit on Malkin. Cindy responded, it was an accident, I never even saw him. The league states: That's no excuse for contact to the head." or
"Cindy Crysby was suspended 3 games for incidental contact to Steckel's head." Yea, the press in Canada wouldn't scream bloody murder about how unfair that was.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 29, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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