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Paul Connors, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2012, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos controls the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes in an NHL hockey game in Glendale, Ariz. In the absence of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, the NHL All-Star game is not bereft of star players _ particularly the young and up-and-comers such as Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, Chicago's Patrick Kane and New York Islanders' John Tavares.

OTTAWA — Three first overall NHL draft picks. Two Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik. And don't forget Pavel Datsyuk, who is regarded by his colleagues as one of the game's best all-around players.

In the absence of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's All-Star festivities in Ottawa this weekend aren't exactly bereft of talent. Instead, there are plenty enough stars gathered in Canada's capital to capture the imaginations of the young, old and even most casual fans.

Just don't ask Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien to guess who might grab the limelight in the skills competition Saturday or All-Star game Sunday.

Declining to throw out any names, Julien is eagerly awaiting to find out on his own in preparing to coach Team Chara.