Two guys who think very, very much about hockey did a mock draft today for the NHL All-Star game this weekend. Chip Alexander, our sports writer who covers the Carolina Hurricanes, and sports columnist Luke DeCock, who may know more about the Canes than anyone who is not an employee of Peter Karmanos.
Here is a link to the transcript of the draft. When it started, I went down to the second floor to watch Chip, who was doing some kind of instant messaging thingie that fans could watch live on our web site. He was on the phone with Luke, who was doing the same somewhere else. I'm guessing his home.
The way I understand it, the NHL has two captains for the game, one of them being the Canes' Eric Staal, and they will pick players just like Luke and Chip did today. Chip's first pick, by the way, was the Canes' Jeff Skinner, a late addition to the All-Star lineup. The 18-year-old Skinner, I am told, is on his way to becoming the most popular member of the Hurricanes.