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Mailbag: Surprises at the All-Star draft

Updated: January 27, 2012, 12:03 PM ET
By Craig Custance

OTTAWA -- A few things went as scripted during Thursday's All-Star fantasy draft. Daniel Alfredsson loaded up on Swedes and Senators. Zdeno Chara avoided Canucks.

But there were certainly surprises. Starting immediately.

Considering there wasn't a Russian captain or a Red Wing making picks, Pavel Datsyuk was surprised to go first.

"It looked like too many players [picking players from] same team, same country," Datsyuk said. "[Chara] picked a team to win."

For Chara, it was easy to explain picking the talented Russian center as the first pick in the NHL All-Star fantasy draft.

"Why Pavel first? I think it's pretty obvious; he's an unbelievable player," Chara said. "I really admire the way he plays the game and the way he acts on and off the ice. Absolutely it was my individual goal to get him first, and I was happy I could do it."

Datsyuk wasn't the only one surprised during the draft. Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was the first goalie taken by Team Alfredsson, which caught him off guard.

"It's all part of their strategy -- they were trying to get mediocre goalies off the board early," Quick said. "I know Alfie scored on me the other night. Maybe that pushed him over the edge."

Considering a Swede was picking one of the teams, Daniel and Henrik Sedin surprisingly slipped in the draft, but Daniel said he was never worried. He got a look from Alfredsson that eased any concern.

"I had a feeling Alfredsson was going to pick all Swedes," Sedin said. "I was pretty calm."

And now, the Friday mailbag:

The New York Islanders have a bunch of young forwards with potential coming up through the AHL, but they lack depth on defense at the NHL level. Do you think that Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators is a good fit or if he'll even be moved? If so, do you think the Islanders have enough to make an attempt to acquire him? --Joe, Albany, N.Y.

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