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NHL All-Star Draft 2015: Time, TV schedule, rules and live stream

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Hello, and welcome to the most-important day on the NHL calendar. That's right, tonight we get to see the 2015 NHL All-Star Game Fantasy Draft! I know, you're probably telling yourself that there are something like 250-350 days more important than this one for the NHL in a year, but I'm here to tell you that you're probably right, but I'm going to watch this thing anyway because it entertains me.

Here are all the pertinent details on the when and how to watch this thing:

Time 8:00pm EST
Place Columbus, OH
Television NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

All we're doing tonight is picking the teams. The format is a fantasy draft where the two captains and their assistants take turns selecting players to fill out their rosters of three goalies, six defensemen, and twelve forwards. With three people already on each team, there will be 18 rounds. Teams are required to have all three goalies selected by the end of round 10 and have to have all six D-Men chosen before the end of round 15, guaranteeing that a forward will once again be the very last All-Star player picked. First selection will be determined by a puck flip. One trade will be allowed between the captains as well.

For the rookies, the league is going to split them into two groups of three and then the captains will choose their group between the 11th and 12th rounds. A new puck flip will determine who gets to choose first there. This only matters for the Skills Competition though.

The Teams

It was very nice (and smart) of the NHL to put Rick Nash on a team already and to put him against the hometown captain. It would have been awkward to have the guy who defined the Columbus franchise before demanding to be traded away sitting in the draft pool essentially unselectable by one of the captains. To make up for the advantage of having Nash already assigned to Toews' team, they also not only split Toews from Patrick Kane, but gave Team Foligno one of their six defensemen early.

Nick Foligno Team Captain Jonathan Toews
Black Ugly Jersey Color White
Drew Doughty Alternate Captain Ryan Getzlaf
Patrick Kane Alternate Captain Rick Nash

Seriously though... All-Star Captain Nick Foligno. LOL

The Draft Pool: Forwards

Name Position Team
Claude Giroux C Flyers
Patrice Bergeron C Bruins
Jakub Voracek RW Flyers
Johnny Gaudreau LW Flames
Ryan Johansen C Blue Jackets
Tyler Seguin C Stars
Vladimir Tarasenko RW Blues
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C Oilers
Steven Stamkos C Lightning
Anze Kopitar C Kings
Tyler Johnson RW Lightning
Patrik Elias LW Devils
Phil Kessel RW Maple Leafs
John Tavares C Islanders
Radim Vrbata RW Canucks
Alex Ovechkin RW Capitals
Bobby Ryan RW Senators
Zemgus Girgensons C Sabres
Filip Forsberg LW Predators

The Draft Pool: Defensemen

Name Team
Duncan Keith Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook Blackhawks
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Coyotes
Ryan Suter Wild
Mark Giordano Flames
Shea Weber Predators
Justin Faulk Hurricanes
Brent Burns Sharks
Aaron Ekblad Panthers
Kevin Shattenkirk Blues
Dustin Byfuglien Jets


The Draft Pool: Goalies

Name Team
Brian Elliott Blues
Carey Price Canadiens
Jaroslav Halak Islanders
Marc-Andre Fleury Penguins
Roberto Luongo Panthers
Corey Crawford Blackhawks