First and foremost, I am very disappointed to point out that fan vote winner John Scott will not have a chance to get five minutes at center ice, pummeling Commissioner Gary Bettman. That would have been epic. Unfortunately, you can't always get what you want. But you get what you need and that's hard shots, fast skating, breakaway hijinks and just old fashioned fun.
The Skills competition is like the Golden Globes, where the hosts are edgier, the participants are looser and it's not a stiff board affair. Sunday's 3 on 3 Game will be entertaining for exactly five minute and then bore the shit out of people.
So what's on tap for this weekend's skills extravaganza?
Captains Jonathan Toews and Scott had some fun here.
The events are:
*Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
*Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge
*Draft Kings NHL Accuracy Shooting
*Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay
*AMP NHL Hardest Shot
*Discover NHL Shootout
The Fastest skater competition will feature guys like Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Six points will be available here. Each team features four skaters. In addition to those four points, the fastest skater on each team can score an addition point and if they break a record, another point comes into play.
The Breakaway challenge will feature Larkin, Saad, and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche. Fans will get to vote on this one. After a series of shots from each on goal, fans around arena will vote on a winner and that player will get his team ONE point.
The Accuracy shooting can net a team five points. Four shooters from each team go for the four available points. Whoever hits all four targets in the fastest time gets an additional point. The likes of John Taveras(Islanders) and Patrice Bergeron(Bruins) will have some fun here while getting passes from Drew Doughty(Kings) and none other than Vladimir Tarasenko.
The NHL skills relay can bring a team three points and the team who finishes all four parts of the event(one timers, passing, stick handling, and goalie goals) gets the points.
The Hardest Shot competition is the one people want to watch the most. One guy, one stick and the sheer velocity with which he can fire the puck on net. Shea Weber is the unanimous favorite and has won it before. Each player gets two shots and the highest mph shot gets counted. Watch out for dark horse P.K. Subban. A team can score five points in this competition.
The shootout involves three rounds, a ton of players and various silly and slick attempts on goal. Players can score one point for their team with every goal and two points if they score with a special Discover puck.
At the end, one team wins and another loses yet smiles like they liked being there. John Scott will get TONS of camera time and I hope he finds a way to fire a shot off the post and into an NHL upper brass suit's forehead.
Tune in on Saturday at 7p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports/NBCSN at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.