The Fantasy Draft was a fun hour-and-a-half. There was a bit of trash talk going on. The teams traded Tyler Seguin for Phil Kessel, which I found hilarious. Fashion was a theme of the night. Apparently Seguin and Steven Stamkos wore the same really flashy shoes to the event, and it was an interview subject during the night. Carey Price quipped "Is the NHL Network or E!?". Fashion was a subject when Dustin Byfuglien was selected, with Buff being asked about the skates he'd be wearing for the All-Star Game, coloured with neon green to match the jerseys. Mention was made of Oliver Ekman-Larsson's men's fashion line as he went out onto the stage following his selection. The whole time, Alex Ovechkin wouldn't shut up about how he wanted to be picked last so he could win the free car. He ended up going third-to-last, only for the last two picks, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, to be added to the teams by a fan vote and both of them win free cars as the last picks.
The final rosters for the two All-Star teams, as well as any important notes, are below. I am merely guessing the numbers players are using.
Team Jonathan Toews
No.13 - L-Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) - Rookie
Team Nick Foligno
No.35 - G-Jimmy Howard (Detroit) - replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury
No.35 - G-Pekka Rinne (Nashville) - replaced by Jaroslav Halak
No.72 - G-Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus) - replaced by Brian Elliott
No.71 - C-Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) - replaced by Filip Forsberg
No.87 - C-Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh) - replaced by Johnny Gaudreau
No.06 - D-Erik Johnson (Colorado) - replaced by Aaron Ekblad
No.70 - L-Tanner Pearson (Los Angeles) - rookie - replaced by Jiri Sekac
In the last All-Star Game, there were six rookies per side. This year there were only six rookies altogether, and injuries forced three rookies, Filip Forsberg, Aaron Ekblad, and Johnny Gaudreau.upgraded to full All-Stars as injury replacements.
The SuperSkills Competition is tonight. The All-Stars will compete in a variety of challenges designed to highlight their various skills. The format is as follows.