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The Big Question: Who would you pick first in the All-Star draft?

Jan 23, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

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The Big Question will be a weekly feature on PHT where we ask a question, provide some background and ask you, the reader, to weigh in with your opinions.

Today’s question: Who would you pick first in the All-Star draft?

Daniel Alfredsson is already on the record as saying he’s going to pick teammate Erik Karlsson if he gets the first selection in Thursday’s All-Star Fantasy Draft, but let’s say you’re the captain. You’re not in the NHL, so you don’t have to do the politically correct thing. You could pick who you think is the best player. You could pick who you think is the worst player, just for shock value. For the ladies out there, you could pick the dreamiest.

A few suggestions:

Evgeni Malkin – Nobody’s playing better right now. The leading candidate to win the Hart and Art Ross.

Shea Weber or Ryan Suter – Just to see David Poile’s face. “Great, now I gotta sign the first overall pick in the all-star draft.”

Phil Kessel – So he could get up on stage and take a picture of Alex Ovechkin.

Jason Pominville – Might break down and start sobbing.

Scott Hartnell — To make a statement to the All-Star selection committee.

Keith Yandle – Because it would be awesome to pick Keith Yandle with the first selection.

OK, here’s the roster, go make your pick…

  1. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    sidney crosby out of respect

    • emoser - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      For what, being injured? You act like he’s some war vet.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Don’t get the Pommer joke?? Did he weep after another loss or something?

    • Jason Brough - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      In hindsight, it was a bit vague. I just feel like every Sabre is on the verge of an emotional breakdown.

  3. mojosmagic - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Since there is no defense I go with an offensive guy like Claude Giroux who excels in open ice.

  4. mojosmagic - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Oh and anybody not on Ottawa who stuffed the ballot box because Canadian fans are so knowledgeable.

  5. sknut - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Stamkos or Giroux

  6. 808pensfan - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    James Neal. Oh wait…somehow still not in the game

  7. hockinj25 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM


  8. bensawesomeness - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    i know this isnt really helpful for conversation, but i laughed out loud after reading the reason behind picking Weber or Suter first

  9. stakex - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    You would have to take Malkin first. While he might be a very up and down player at times, hes up a whole lot more then anyone else right now… hard to ignore that.

  10. pastabelly - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If Chara gets the pick, I would hope that it’s Stamkos and get him on a line with Bergeron and Seguin.

  11. comeonnowguys - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    That all depends on if Jonathan Toews is playing.

  12. spokedjackets - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Giroux or Malkin and its not even close. Two of the hottest in the game right now and they will be magic with the relaxed defense.

  13. zestypickles - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Pavel Datsyuk all day ‘erry day. Even with the substantial attention he gets, he deserves more. No one in the NHL plays a more complete game. In my eyes Hank should get less credit, and Pavs should get considerably more for how the wings compete day in and day out.

  14. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    girioux couldn’t hold malkins jock. pick sidney crosby out of respect

  15. agc99 - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:17 PM


  16. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Malkin. Hands down.

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