Let the posturing for draft position begin.
Now that Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and Carolina center Eric Staal have been named as the two captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, they may be hearing from a lot of friends and making some new ones in the days leading up to the Jan. 28 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco where they, along with two alternates named a later date, will be in charge of filling out their rosters for the Jan. 30 game at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
"I've had a few texts from my brother [Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, also an All-Star], and a fellow Thunder Bay, [Ontario], boy, Patrick Sharp up in Chicago, sent me a text saying he wanted to be picked early," Staal said on NHL Network. "It has been some good ribbing, but it will be fun when it comes down to it on that Friday."
Sharp told reporters in Chicago, "Staal is from my hometown, so he better be drafting me, but I have a feeling he's going to make me wait it out."
Staal will have some interesting decisions to make. Does he select his brother? What about his goaltender, Cam Ward, in a move that would put both of the hometown players on the same team?