By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was gym class all over again in Ottawa, as the NHL picked teams for Sunday’s All-Star game. Instead of worrying avoiding being picked last for kick ball after third period study hall, the best in the league waited to find out where Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul for Team Chara, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist for Team Alfredsson, think they rank.
The first Flyer selected was Claude Giroux in the fourth round by Team Alfredsson.
We didn’t have to wait long to find out if we’d see a Flyer face another Flyer in the game, as Kimmo Timonen was selected in the fifth round by Team Chara.
The third and final Flyer selected for Sunday’s game was Scott Hartnell, who became an All-Star on Wednesday when he replaced Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who was placed on injured reserve and won’t play. Harntell went in the 17th round, and will join Giroux on Team Alfredsson.
Two Flyers rookies, Matt Read and Sean Coutourier, will compete in Saturday’s skills competition.
So what do you think? Did Giroux and Timonen go too early? Did Hartnell go too late? Or did everyone go in just the right place? Let us know in the comments.