Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

No Surprises: Ovechkin Joins Team Staal With Green

Ovie was selected in the 2nd round for Team Staal, behind
goalie Cam Ward (R) and before winger Daniel Sedin (L).
Alex Ovechkin was picked third overall in last night's NHL All-Star fantasy draft, behind Carolina goaltender Cam Ward and Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos. Ovechkin was picked in the second round of the draft by teammate Mike Green, an alternate captain on Team Staal, and will join Daniel Sedin, Rick Nash, and Patrick Sharp, along with Green, on a loaded squad.  The other members of Team Staal are Ryan Kesler, Zdeno Chara, Henrik Lundqvist, Eric's brother Marc, Dan Boyle, Carey Price, Jeff Skinner, Kris Letang, Claude Giroux, Erik Karlsson, Corey Perry, Patrik Elias, David Backes, and Paul Stastny.  Detroit captain Lidstrom and his two alternates, Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis, added Duncan Keith, Henrik Sedin, Shea Weber, Tim Thomas, Daniel Briere, Dustin Byfuglien, Jonathan Toews, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonas Hiller, Brad Richards, Keith Yandle, Brent Burns, Martin Havlat, Anze Kopitar, Matt Duchene, and Loui Eriksson.  Toronto's mercurial star Phil Kessel was Mr. Irrelevant, being picked last by Team Lidstrom.  His pain was eased, however, by a $20,000 donation to a charity of his choice and a brand new Honda CR-Z.  Hey, at least he won something as a Maple Leaf.  That won't happen again for a long, long time.
The SuperSkills competition, presented by Honda, is tonight's showcase.  The traditionally goofy event is scheduled for 7 P.M., and can be seen on Versus.

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