This will be a fun, fascinating All Star Game to watch as a Blackhawks fan.
Team Lidstrom, with Patrick Kane serving as an alternate captain, selected every player in the Game that has ever played for the Hawks… except Patrick Sharp.
Joining Kane in the blue sweaters on Sunday will be second round pick Duncan Keith, seventh round pick Dustin Byfuglien, eighth round pick Jonathan Toews and 14th round pick Martin Havlat.
Sharp was selected by Team Staal between Byfuglien and Toews to begin the eighth round.
Despite being the only player to play for Chicago on Team Staal, Sharp won’t be alone; coaches Joel Quenneville and Mike Haviland will have to gameplan to beat five of their current and former players.
Another aspect of the game that could be interesting will be how the five former Hawks are handled by the coach of Team Lidstrom, Vancouver’s Alain Vigneault. Will be play Byfuglien at wing with Toews and Kane, or would that give his regular season goalie, Roberto Luongo, nightmares from last year’s playoffs?
For what it’s worth, Toronto’s Phil Kessel was the last pick of the Draft. By “earning” that honor, Kessel will give $20,000 of someone else’s money to the charity of his choice and receives a new car.
|Eric Staal||Niklas Lidstrom|
|A||Ryan Kesler||Martin St. Louis|
|A||Mike Green||Patrick Kane|
|1||Cam Ward||Steven Stamkos|
|2||Alex Ovechkin||Duncan Keith|
|3||Daniel Sedin||Henrik Sedin|
|4||Zdeno Chara||Shea Weber|
|5||Rick Nash||Tim Thomas|
|6||Henrik Lundqvist||Daniel Briere|
|7||Marc Staal||Dustin Byfuglien|
|8||Patrick Sharp||Jonathan Toews|
|9||Dan Boyle||Marc-Andre Fleury|
|10||Carey Price||Jonas Hiller|
|11||Jeff Skinner||Brad Richards|
|12||Kris Letang||Keith Yandle|
|13||Claude Giroux||Brent Burns|
|14||Erik Karlsson||Martin Havlat|
|15||Corey Perry||Anze Kopitar|
|16||Patrick Elias||Matt Duchene|
|17||David Backes||Loui Eriksson|
|18||Paul Stastny||Phil Kessel|
|Logan Couture||Evgeni Dadonov|
|Tyler Ennis||Oliver Ekman-Larsson|
|Michael Grabner||Cam Fowler|
|Jamie McBain||Taylor Hall|
|Tyler Seguin||Kevin Shattenkirk|
|PK Subban||Derek Stepan|