MVP: Patrick Sharp
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This past weekend played host to an abundance of sporting events. We had X-Games 15, the 2011 Pro-Bowl and NHL All Star weekend. I put a pretty good groove in my couch watching the NHL All Star festivities. Our homegrown boys ended up going 4th (Duncan Keith), 15th (Patrick Sharp), and 16th (Jonathan Toews) overall in the inaugural Fantasy Draft.
Raleigh, North Carolina played host to this years All Star Game and SuperSkills Competition. The All Star game was MIA last year due to the collective bargaining agreement and the fact that it was the first time the Olympics had been hosted in an NHL market (since the NHL allowed the players to compete). As a result, the NHL was forced to bring something to new to the table to breath some fresh air into the weekend. The solution was a Friday night Fantasy Draft. Gone was the North America vs. The World and East vs. West format and instead a sticks in the middle format was implemented with two captains choosing their own rosters, which provided to be quite entertaining unlike the lack luster SuperSkills competition.
After a failed SuperSkills introduction for Patrick Sharp (who in fact does not play for Columbus) the tides turned and after all was said and done Sharp came through in the big game chalking up 1 goal and 2 assists locking up the keys to a new ride. Not too shabby considering he initially got the shaft from the NHL after being left off the initial voting ballet.
(Photo: Kevin C. Cox)