MOCK DRAFT: Kessel is Mr. Irrelevant
Minnesota D Brent Burns — Let’s hope he leaves his snake collection – including a yellow python named Banana – at home.
Minnesota RW Martin Havlat — If he plays half as well as he does against the Flames, he’s good for a passel of points.
Philadelphia RW Claude Giroux — Riding a career-high sevengame scoring streak. Bet he makes it eight in Raleigh.
Boston G Tim Thomas — The starter. For ad libbing theatrics alone, a must-see. Plus, enjoying a fantastic rebound season.
Anaheim G Jonas Hiller — Another Vezina candidate overlooked because he plays most of his games after the Eastern media goes to sleep.
Ottawa D Erik Karlsson — With those young legs, 20-year-old can chase puck around all afternoon. A perfect blueline bookend for Lidstrom, 40.
St. Louis RW David Backes — Threatened to throw his weight around if picked last. Best to have him on our side.
Pittsburgh G MarcAndre Fleury — And he thought 24/7 was an HBO series? Actually, that’s the score after 40 minutes.
New Jersey LW Patrik Elias — Five goals and nine points in his past seven games. Deserves a break from the misery in the Meadowlands.
Montreal G Carey Price — Last of the sacrificial netminding lambs. Get in there and limit the Hall Monitors to five or fewer goals.
Colorado C Paul Stastny — Let’s save the son of Peter from the dubious title of Mr. Irrelevant. Adds even more offensive punch.
Toronto RW Phil Kessel — Only player left.