ASG 2012: Johnson, Westgarth, Penner take on The Mayor

Later tonight, Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara will draft their All-Star teams from a group of 38 NHL players, live on TV. After watching the inaugural event last season, it definitely put a unique twist on things. No other sport does such a thing. And for a change, that’s a good thing for the NHL.

By now, you’ve probably already read the mock draft we did with Alfredsson earlier this week. Here, we turn to a few of the Kings players.

First up, Jack Johnson. The rules in drafting our teams were simple. Jonathan Quick was ineligible and we alternated selections, with Johnson getting the first pick. Here’s how it went down…

Team Johnson
Team Mayor
Pavel Datsyuk
F
Steven Stamkos
Patrick Kane
F
John Tavares
Phil Kessel
F
Claude Giroux
Ryan Suter
D
Kimmo Timonen
Dion Phaneuf
D
Shea Weber
Tim Thomas
G
Henrik Lundqvist

Next up was Dustin Penner, who apparently wanted to sneak in as many of his former Ducks teammates as possible…

Pennermaniacs
M.W.O.
Joffrey Lupul
F
Steven Stamkos
Patrick Kane
F
Jonathan Toews
Corey Perry
F
Pavel Datsuyk
Dustin Byfuglien
D
Kimmo Timonen
Shea Weber
D
Dion Phaneuf
Henrik Lundqvist
G
Tim Thomas

After we finished picking the above teams, Penner asked – “Are we going to put that on NHL 12 and then have somebody play it? Five-on-five, no line changes. I’d like to see who wins, who picked the better team.”

Hmmm, hadn’t thought about that one.  Looks like we’ll have to add a new wrinkle for next year. 

Moving right along, we’ll wrap things up with Kevin Westgarth

Westy’s Warriors Hoven’s Hitters 
Jonathan Toews F Alex Ovechkin
Pavel Datsyuk F Phil Kessel
Steven Stamkos F Claude Giroux
Shea Weber D Dion Phaneuf
Brian Campbell D Keith Yandle
Brian Elliott G Tim Thomas

Like Penner’s choice of Byfuglien on D, Westgarth at first seemed to be coming out of left field with his goalie choice. Then he offered an explanation for the Elliot pick, “He’s a friend of a friend. He’s actually Davis’ [Drewiske] cousin-in-law. He married his cousin. So, I guess they’re cousins now, right?”

I don’t know, are they?

I’m too busy trying to figure out how Phaneuf ended up on two of my three teams.

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