Daniel Alfredsson stuck close to home -- both his native Sweden and his adopted home of Ottawa -- in making his selections in the NHL All-Star draft on Thursday night.
His opposing team captain, defenseman Zdeno Chara, took a more offensive approach as the rosters of Team Alfredsson and Team Chara were formed. They will face each other in the skills competition on Saturday and the All-Star game on Sunday.
Chara, the Boston 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.
The hulking defenseman also acknowledged he would have considered picking another Red Wings player, Nicklas Lidstrom, had the seven-time Norris Trophy winner been an All-Star. Lidstrom asked the NHL in advance not to select him.
After picking Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with his second pick, Chara then went with Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin,...