All-Star weekend has been pretty cool thus far. Last first ever live fantasy draft was last night, and tonight was the Superskills competition.
I have to admit that the draft wasn’t anything too special. They tried to play it up as if it was much more exciting than it really was. While it was cool to see, it was a bit corny to be honest.
I won’t go through all the draft picks since there was so many, but I will go through what pertains the Ducks. Hiller was the 20th pick of the draft, and went to Team Lidstrom. They had a rule that made the captains choose a goalie by round 10, which is why Jonas went in that round. I think if that rule wasn’t in place, he would have been picked much lower, even though he’s more talented than some of the other goalies. But just being at the All-Star game period is a big acheivement, so can’t complain too much. I had actually thought that Perry was going to be one of the last ones picked since the Ducks always get sort of shunned, but surprisingly, he was the 29th pick, which put him on Team Staal. Should be interesting to see if he can score on Hiller during the game. The rookies were split into two groups, and Taylor Hall was the “leader” of the group that Fowler was in, and he chose to be on Team Lidstrom. I kind of wished he would have picked Team Staal since that’s who I’m rooting for, but the rookies were only in the Skill competition, so no biggie.
There were six different events in the Skill competition. Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot, Elimination Shootout. The captains choose who goes in each event, and neither of our Ducks were in the Fastest Skater event. Perry was in the Breakaway Challenge though. Each player did a sort of fancy move to try and score on the goalie, and the fans voted for the best one. Perry only got 11.9% of the vote, so he didn’t win. But I heard his shot was pretty nice though (I was at work, so I didn’t see it). Neither of the guys were in the Accuracy Shooting either. Perry was in the Challenge Relay and had to knock the four targets down in the net as fast he could. I think I heard on Twitter that he didn’t do as well as he did at the Ducks Skills Showdown earlier this month. Fowler was in the Hardest Shot event and got a 93.8 mph shot. His wasn’t the slowest though. That went to Rick Nash with a 91.4, so Cam shouldn’t feel too bad. The final event was the Elimination Shootout. Every player from both teams participated in this one. Perry was the overall winner of the event going 3/3 on all his shots! He scored on Hiller, Marc-Andre Fleury from the Penguins, and Tim Thomas from the Bruins.
So all in all, it’s been a pretty fun weekend so far. I’m looking forward to the actual All-Star Game tomorrow as it should be entertaining. I may or may not do a mini recap of it on Monday. Just check back to see.