Nick Wass, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2011, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during warm ups before an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Washington. Ovechkin is skipping the NHL All-Star game, announcing that decision a day after getting a three-game suspension from the league for a hit on an opponent.

When the NHL hatched the plan for an All-Star game draft, it seemed like a can't-miss way to generate buzz for the weekend.

Who would you pick first if starting a team from scratch?

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby? Washington's Alex Ovechkin? Chicago's Jonathan Toews? Maybe Edmonton rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? Surely, they'd go 1-2-3 in some order.

The suspense was guessing where the MVPs and Stanley Cup champs would go.

Time to dig deeper in the roster for that No. 1 pick.

The draft has turned into pure fantasy for this weekend's game in Ottawa. With none of those four players available, the All-Star game has turned into the Missing Stars game, extracting some of the fun out of the showcase weekend. Injuries are the main culprit for the All-Star withdrawals, though Ovechkin pulled out this week because the game fell during his league-issued three-game suspension.