Hurricanes G Ward goes No. 1 in NHL All-Star draft

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Each roster had to consist of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards. The only six players not subject to the draft were those chosen as captains. Twelve rookies were also up for bids to participate only in the skills competition.

Both teams had to fill their allotment of goalies by the 10th round and the defensemen by round 15. The All-Star game is mostly about the forwards in the typically free-flowing style that almost never produces a body check.

Staal is assured to have the home fans squarely on his side, first with the pick of Ward and then of 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner, the third Hurricanes representative. Skinner joins former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman as the only 18-year-old players to be NHL All-Stars.

“We figured he was going to go first. No surprise really,” Lidstrom said of Ward. “We were thinking about him but we thought he was going to go right away.

“I know he’s a fan favorite here. I talked to Eric afterward about him, and he said he is probably the biggest player here. So we’ll let him slide and let him play for his home team.”

(This version CORRECTS Updates with quotes and details and corrects to after 32 players had been selected in the 15th paragraph)

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