Mock draft: Who does Alfredsson take first?
Former NHLers Todd White and Jason York pick their all-star teams
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|Daniel Alfredsson will choose his side tonight in a draft format, going against former teammate Zdeno Chara. (File photo)
OTTAWA - They rolled the dice, the picks are in and Toronto’s Phil Kessel is projected to go second-last in our mock draft (though you’d have to think Team Chara assistant Joffrey Lupul will make sure he goes earlier).
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Boston’s Zdeno Chara will make the real selections for Team Alfredsson and Team Chara Thursday night at the Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau, but the Ottawa Sun took a look in its crystal ball.
Former Senators defenceman Jason York and centre Todd White were enlisted to come up with what the rosters will look like once Alfredsson and Chara have put together their teams for the all-star weekend. “Pretty tough to make a bad pick with this group,” said White.
We gave White the No. 1 selection. The same rules applied as in the real draft: All goalies gone by the No. 10 selection and all blueliners taken by No. 15. Here is what White and York came up with:
TEAM ALFREDSSON (by TODD WHITE)
Assistant: G Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
- 1. D Erik Karlsson, OTT: This should keep Alfie’s kids happy.
- 2. F Jason Spezza, OTT: Will put on show for hometown fans.
- 3. F Claude Giroux, PHI: Have to take former training partner.
- 4. F Evgeni Malkin, PIT: Elevated his game without Crosby.
- 5. G Carey Price, MTL: Gotta satisfy the Habs’ fans in Ottawa.
- 6. F Steven Stamkos, TB: Great game for a sharpshooter.
- 7. F Henrik Sedin, VAN: Need to have a guy to feed Stamkos
- 8. F Daniel Sedin, VAN: Keep the twins together in this game.
- 9. F Marian Gaborik, NYR: Two-time former teammate of mine.
- 10. G Jimmy Howard, DET: Is the NHL leader in wins with 30.
- 11. D Brian Campbell, FLA: Great year and leads the rush.
- 12. D Kris Letang, PIT: Was having Norris season until injury.
- 13. D Alex Edler, VAN: Second in scoring among blueliners.
- 14. D Dan Girardi, NYR: Expect him to block shots Sunday.
- 15. D Dion Phaneuf, TOR: Let’s forget the Battle of Ontario.
- 16. F Corey Perry, ANA: Wonder how he is still available?
- 17. F Tyler Seguin, BOS: Top young player in the game.
- 18. F Jarome Iginla, CGY: A steal if he’s still here at this point.
- 19. F Phil Kessel, TOR: Have a heart ... can’t let him go last.
TEAM CHARA (by JASON YORK)
Assistant: F Joffrey Lupul, TOR
- 1. G Tim Thomas, BOS: Love a man with an opinion.
- 2. F Milan Michalek, OTT: Whitey sucking up to Ottawa fans.
- 3. D Shea Weber, NSH: My son has his jersey hanging in his room.
- 4. F Marian Hossa, CHI: One of all-around best in the game.
- 5. D Ryan Suter, NSH: Got the best ‘D’ pairing in the NHL.
- 6. F Pavel Datsyuk, DET: Best stickhandler in the NHL.
- 7. F Scott Hartnell, PHI: Deserved to be here in first place.
- 8. F Patrick Kane, CHI: Need to liven the up the room.
- 9. G Jonathan Quick, LA: Best name of any goalie in league.
- 10. G Brian Elliott, STL: The best comeback story this year.
- 11. D Kimmo Timonen, PHI: My old ‘D’ partner in Nashville.
- 12. D Keith Yandle, PHX: One of best-kept secrets in NHL.
- 13. F James Neal, PITT: Has 27 goals, deserves to be here.
- 14. D Dennis Wideman, WASH: Leave Phaneuf for Team Alfie.
- 15. F Logan Couture, SJ: Former Ottawa 67 is good two-way player.
- 16. F John Tavares, NYI: A 100-point player on any other team.
- 17. F Jordan Eberle, EDM: Scored a huge goal in Ottawa.
- 18. F Jamie Benn, DAL: Has been the Stars’ top player.
- 19. F Jason Pominville, BUF: He was just kind of there.