Edler and the Sedins join Team Sweden at the NHL All-Star Game

A Canuck didn’t get picked until Round 9 and, unsurprisingly, he wasn’t picked by Zdeno Chara. Daniel Sedin, the defending Art Ross winner and 9th in scoring this season, was the 18th pick of the draft. Including the Captains and Alternates, Daniel was the 22nd player to join one of the All-Star teams.

If that seems odd, his brother Henrik is higher in league scoring and went 8 picks later in the 13th round, also to Team Alfredsson. Despite getting picked later than his brother, he managed to chip in a Grade-A chirp when asked about playing against his brother in the last All-Star Game: ”It was nice to play with some good players last year, finally.”

Alex Edler, fifth in scoring amongst defencemen, was the last blueliner picked in the draft, having to wait until round 15 before getting picked by – surprise, surprise – Daniel Alfredsson.

This isn’t the least bit surprising, of course. With Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins captaining the other team, there wasn’t much chance that he would pick any Canucks at all. It was almost certain that Alfredsson would end up picking all three Canucks, particularly since he’s one of the few NHL players who is on the record as not hating them.

Not being hated is about the best the Canucks can hope for at this point.

So Alfredsson played it smart, waiting to pick the Canucks until later in the draft in order to pick up all of his Senators teammates and build a stronger team. In the process, he also ended up with all of the Swedes in the All-Star Game, including himself and his Alternate Captain, Henrik Lundqvist.

Not everything went according to plan, however, as both Cody Hodgson and Senators rookie Colin Greening ended up on Team Chara, though not by choice. The rookies were split into two teams prior to the draft, likely so they’d be properly split for participating in the skills competition. It wouldn’t make much sense to have the two fastest skaters or the two players with the hardest shot on the same team, as only one rookie will be participating in each of those competitions.

The other group of rookies, however, won the puck toss and Sean Coutourier picked Team Alfredsson, leaving the Canuck and Senator rookies to compete for Team Chara. With Greening likely to be the rookie competitor for Team Chara in the hardest shot competition, we won’t get a chance to see Hodgson’s beautiful slap shot go up against the best in the NHL.

Instead, Hodgson will participate in the breakaway challenge, accuracy competition, skills challenge relay, or elimination shootout. My money’s on the accuracy competition.

The really highlight of the All-Star Fantasy Draft is seeing and hearing the NHL’s best laughing and joking with one another. The best of the best was definitely Jason Spezza, followed closely by Erik Karlsson. The two had some golden moments, right from when Karlsson was picked prior to Spezza, joking “Spezza is pissed” while Spezza shook his head and stared into the camera with a near-perfect straight face.

Their best exchange, however, was all about the Sedins.

Spezza: “I wonder if him and his brother will have any chemistry in the game?”

Karlsson: “Doubtful.”

“Doubtful.”

“Aliens.”

“They don’t even have to talk and they know how to pass the puck to each other, eh?”

“They have a secret language inside their heads.”

“It’s unfair.”

Gold.

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20 comments

  1. Gadsby
    January 26, 2012

    That jersey in the picture at the top reminds me a bit of that maroon and white one we used to wear earlier in the previous decade.

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  2. Zach Morris
    January 26, 2012

    3 reasons I’m excited for the All-Star Game:
    -The prep work is done
    -The teams seem split along natural divides, and I already have a team I can clearly identify with
    -This is the only team where we have a chance to see the fabled Webler D-man pairing

    If I don’t have to hear that music again, this will be a good weekend.

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    • Hips
      January 26, 2012

      WHAT? OF COURSE WE’LL SEE THE WEBLER PAIRING! IT’LL BE OUR TOP D FOR THE NEXT 26 DECADES!
      -sobs in a corner-

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  3. Nee
    January 26, 2012

    Chara didn’t choose any Canucks?

    I AM OUTRAGED.

    Actually, just secretly happy that the ginger wizards can work their magic together.

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    • J21
      January 27, 2012

      In all seriousness, though far from outraged, I think it comes off as pretty petty that Chara seriously wouldn’t pick a Canuck for fun/irony purposes. I mean, it’s not exactly Lapierre and Burrows sitting there — it’s three soft-spoken Swedes. If he honestly has anything against them, it reflects pretty poorly on him.

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      • Reality Check
        January 27, 2012

        Even Alfie a fellow Swede didn’t pick a Sedin until the 9th round – show ‘s how much the Sedins and the Canucks are thought of outside of Vancouver.

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        • John in Marpole
          January 27, 2012

          Take a deep breath and let lpoose with the silly hate, dude.

          As was pointed out in the blog post, the Sedins were choosen late because it was known that Chara wouldn’t pick them, so Alfredsson used the earlier picks to select his teammates. Why take someone #3 when he’s still going to be available at #18 for certain.

          I can’t imagine just how much more childish Bruin fans would have been had their team not won the Cup last spring. Y’all carry on like a bunch of losers as it is 7 months after a victory.

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      • PeeSeeGee
        January 27, 2012

        Really, I kind of thought it added to the humour. Same as Gaborik going to the white bench.

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    • bergberg
      January 27, 2012

      I agree, I thought it would have been a great gesture for Chara to pick a Canuck. It would have demonstrated that much of this animosity is media driven and that good players have nothing but respect for other good players. But maybe Chara really does hate the Canucks, which knocks him down a couple notches in my books.

      But all that said, I am very happy about how the teams worked out. Team Sens/Canucks/Swedes should be awesome! Too bad I didn’t get tickets for any of the events, but I will be heading downtown tomorrow to check out the All-Star mania!

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  4. obituary mambo
    January 26, 2012

    OMG! I’m actually excited about seeing this thing! I’ll have to consult the rage scale to see where exactly my ire should be right now. Alas, that will have to wait until after work. Go team Alfredson! And while I’m sad to see ‘Silent G’ will have to suit up with the opposition, I can’t really blame Courturier for not wanting to be part of that freak show.

    Shea will likely be so dazzled by playing on a line with Edler, he’ll request (dare I say demand?) a trade to Vancouver at the soonest possible convenience.

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    • obituary mambo
      January 27, 2012

      Having consulted the handy-dandy rage chart, it seems we should be passing livid and well on our way to aneurysmal. In actuality, although I think Chara’s refusal to pick one of our classy Swedes simply out of spite reflects poorly on his character, I’m tickled pink the three will be on Alfie’s team. I’m still worried about Coho over there on Chara’s team, though. With any luck, he’ll be able to defeat any attempts at brainwashing. ~__^

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  5. tom selleck's moustache
    January 26, 2012

    Outrage-O-Meter officially set to outraged.5: Chara selects zero Canucks.

    What a jerk! He’s biased! He can’t even lay aside his grudges for a meaningless All-Star Game!? Typical Bruin! Classless and petty!

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  6. Geoff-C-
    January 26, 2012

    Draft went pretty much how I expected, although I was a bit shocked that Chara didn’t try and trade” Silent G” off of his rookie team, perhaps those 3 suns that heat his home world aren’t so hot after all… who am I kidding tar and feather his over-sized ass.

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    • PeeSeeGee
      January 27, 2012

      Now that trade would have been funny. I was dying for that to happen.

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  7. Winsy
    January 27, 2012

    OMG!! I never thought about the Webler pairing as it was happening!! I CANNOT WAIT to see this!! Might be the best thing to ever come out of an All-Star game! Wishful thinking that Webler will ever play together other than in All-Star games, but a girl can dream, right??? I’m talking hockey-wise here, folks! I love this game! Wish our little Chinook was on our team, though. :( I think we have the better goalies and the better team all-around. Go Team Alfie!

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    • J21
      January 27, 2012

      I doubt they will play together, though. Edler was the lowest-profile guy selected and Weber is one of the highest. I imagine he gets put with Karlsson for the hometown fans.

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      • Zach Morris
        January 27, 2012

        way to crush our dreams there

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        • Harrison Mooney
          January 27, 2012

          I meant forward. It’s been fixed, dream-crusher.

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  8. Chicky
    January 27, 2012

    Whew, what a dodged bullet. Am I the only one ridiculously happy that Chara left the Canucks alone? Except for Silent G that is… poor bugger’ll be exposed to Chara’s Puppy Soul Sucking ways.

    Someone be sure to have eye bleach handy for him when he returns.

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  9. SteveB
    January 28, 2012

    Fortunately, the Good Guys beat the Bad Guys 21-12.
    My outrage has diminished to an inchoate huffiness.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/articles/2012/01/28/team_alfredsson_beats_chara_in_skills_competition/

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