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All-Star Draft Sees Richards And Eriksson Stay Together

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DALLAS TX - JANUARY 26:  Center Brad Richards #91 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck past Theo Peckham #49 of the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center on January 26 2011 in Dallas Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS TX - JANUARY 26: Center Brad Richards #91 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck past Theo Peckham #49 of the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center on January 26 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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They have wrapped up the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.  Rosters are now all filled out and all that's left is to see these men spend the next two days playing inspired hockey that will no doubt capture the imagination of sports fans worldwide at half to maybe at most three-quarters pace so as to not hurt themselves before the real intense hockey starts next week.

Richards went the moment all six goalies needed to be picked and it seems predictably it was Lidstrom teammate Martin St. Louis that lobbied to bring Richards into the team as he quipped "I just sent him a text message and he agreed to go to wing." Loui however wasn't quite as in demand being the league-wide underrated talent he is as he waited until the second last round of the draft before being picked by fellow countryman Nick Lidstrom.

This makes things easy for Dallas fans as it's clear we will (or at least should) be throwing our support behind the Blue team.

Overall the whole draft presentation and execution wasn't too bad save for the likes of "famed" hockey analyst Pierre McGuire taking it way too seriously. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing something like this draft format carry on in the future for the NHL as it's bound to be better and have more polish over the years.  As the case seems to be with most "first times" it felt a little awkward and we'll probably look back at it with a little red faced embarrassment.

After the jump, we go over both rosters in the order they were picked...  Don't forget that tomorrow night for the skills competition and Sunday afternoon during the actual game we here at Defending Big D will have live game day threads for everyone to chat away and share in, so be sure to join us!
Team Staal Team Lidstrom
Eric Staal (C) Nicklas Lidstrom (C)
Mike Green (A) Patrick Kane (A)
Ryan Kesler (A) Martin St. Louis (A)
Cam Ward Steven Stamkos
Alex Ovechkin Duncan Keith
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin
Zdeno Chara Shea Weber
Rick Nash Tim Thomas
Henrik Lundqvist Danny Briere
Marc Staal Dustin Byfuglien
Patrick Sharp Jonathan Toews
Dan Boyle Marc-Andre Fleury
Carey Price Jonas Hiller
Jeff Skinner Brad Richards
Kris Letang Keith Yandle
Claude Giroux Brent Burns
Erik Karlsson Martin Havlat
Corey Perry Anze Kopitar
Patrik Elias Matt Duchene
David Backes Loui Eriksson
Paul Stastny Phil Kessel