Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara split up the Nashville Predators' All-Star defensive pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter on Thursday. In the draft of players to determine the rosters for Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, Alfredsson selected Weber, a two-time All-Star, with the eighth pick. Chara immediately grabbed Suter, making his first All-Star appearance, with the next pick. Alfredsson stuck close to home — both his native Sweden and his adopted home of Ottawa — in making his selections. His opposing team captain, defenseman Chara, took a more offensive approach as the two rosters — Team Alfredsson and Team Chara — were formed. They will face each other in the skills competition on Saturday. Chara, the Bruins captain, earned the right to pick first after winning the "puck flip." Leaving two teammates on the board, Chara went with Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk. "I love the way he plays the game," Chara said. After picking Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with his second pick, Chara then went with Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, the NHL scoring leader.
Shea Weber, Ryan Suter split up for NHL All-Star Game
Tennessean | Jan 27