Chara explained the pick to TSN, saying that if Nicklas Lidstrom were there instead he would have been the first pick, but that he knows the way Datsyuk plays the game and that he's extremely deserving of the first pick. Nobody in the very pro-Ottawa crowd minded the pick, because it allowed Alfredsson to pick his teammate and countryman.
Erik Karlsson, the NHL's leading point scorer among defensemen, admitted that he lobbied Alfredsson's kids for the first pick, because they clearly have the most pull in that household. It worked, and
Spezza was picked fourth overall with Team Alfredsson's second pick.