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Dallas' goal in NHL draft's 1st round is picking player who can become a star of Stars ... can GM Nill get it done?

The Stars plan on taking another big swing with their first pick in the NHL draft Friday night at American Airlines Center.General manager Jim Nill, entering his sixth draft with the club, favors that high-risk, high-reward approach. The goal with pick No. 13 overall is to grab a high-upside talent, not a plugger."You're hoping to get someone who's going to be a star," Nill said Thursday evening. "You can always trade for or sign a depth player. We're looking for a guy that can come in and make a difference."It takes three to five years to fully judge a draft. So far, Nill gets an incomplete...

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Karlsson, Kessel the big trade bait at NHL draft

Ottawa captain and No. 1 defenceman Erik Karlsson, Montreal winger Max Pacioretty, Buffalo centre Ryan O'Reilly and Pittsburgh winger Phil Kessel are among the stars being bandied about in trade talk that could come to a head at or before the first round of Friday night's NHL draft.

Defending Big D

Who Could the Stars Trade Up With at the Draft?

Many fans want Dallas to make a big splash on draft day by trading up in the first, but which teams would be willing to trade down? The first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is tomorrow (Friday, June 22), and the Dallas Stars are set to select at 13th overall. Given the deep nature of this draft, both throughout the rounds and at the top of the board, the Stars should get a good quality prospect at No. 13, and the team seems content at staying put. But what if the Stars have their eyes on a bigger prize? What if one of the top forwards, such as Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Oliver Wahlstrom, or...


Dallas Stars have drafted a big goalie under Jim Nill every year, 2018 brings several more candidates

Goaltending used to be a strength of the Dallas Stars. At one time Ed Belfour, Roman Turek, Manny Fernandez, Marty Turco, and Dan Ellis were all either in the system together or tightly bunched together. The astounding amount of success that group had is unlikely to happen again, but the inability to draft and develop goalies consistently has cost the Stars a lot of games and money.Under Jim Nill the Stars have drafted a goalie every single year. They used a late first round pick on Jake Oettinger last year, otherwise all of the other picks have been from the fourth round or later since the...


Whom might Stars target in first round of NHL draft? Here are nine possibilities

Special contributor Josh Lile looks at nine players the Stars could target in the first round.Forward Joel FarabeeFarabee, a Boston University pledge, is obviously on the smallish side at 5-11. But he certainly produces. His linemates Oliver Wahlstrom and Jack Hughes are expected to be high first-round picks this year and in 2019, respectively. Farabee had 40 points in 26 games for the U.S. National Team Development Program playing with Wahlstrom and Hughes.Forward Barrett HaytonHayton wouldn't be the most exciting pick, but he is one of the more likely prospects in this draft to have a long,...

Defending Big D

Thursday Links: Texas Hockey Day To Kick Off 2018 NHL Draft Weekend

The Stars will celebrate homer history in an international spotlight. Plus, the prospects head for Dallas, and the NHL Awards deliver the hardware. The Dallas Stars clearly want to play their Texas connections for all they’re worth during the 2018 NHL Draft. They’ve picked a great way to start with Texas Hockey Day, which will serve as the official kickoff event for draft weekend, on Thursday, June 21. The highlight of the free event is an NHL Top Prospects Clinic, in which 20 local youth players will get to jam with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Ben Bishop. The team will also present...


Homegrown: How this Southlake Carroll goalie became Texas' top NHL draft prospect in a football state

The eyes of the hockey world will be on Dallas during the NHL draft, which is Friday and Saturday at American Airlines Center.Ryan O'Reilly, the top Texas prospect in the draft, hopes the focus can stay in North Texas."I think a lot of people view Dallas as a place that's not a traditional hockey place," O'Reilly said. "But the hockey culture is growing every year, and the Dallas Stars Elite program treated me extremely well. I give everything to them for the player that they've made me."O'Reilly, 18, from Southlake, is No. 58 on a list of North American non-goalie prospects as ranked by NHL...

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Wednesday Links: Possible Targets At No. 13

Who might be available for the Stars at 13? Honestly, I’m not sure anybody knows. Plus, more draft discussion, Mike Hoffman was involved in two separate trades yesterday, and more. In a draft that where no one seems to know what’s going on after the first two picks, there’s no telling who might be available when the Dallas Stars pick at No. 13 overall. For instance, rather than go for one of the typical suspects — Joe Veleno, Barrett Hayton, or Joel Farabee — the Stars could reach a little bit and go for Finnish center, Rasmus Kupari: Kupari started the year with seven points (two...

The Hockey Writers

Botterill’s Draft Blueprint Beyond Dahlin

It’s a foregone conclusion that after stepping up to the podium and exchanging pleasantries with the Dallas Stars organization for hosting the event, Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill will utter some version of the following: “The Buffalo Sabres select Rasmus Dahlin.” Dahlin, a Swedish defenseman, has been on top of the draft board all […] The post Botterill’s Draft Blueprint Beyond Dahlin appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Defending Big D

Your Definitive Visitor’s Guide To Dallas Is Here!

Make the most of your weekend visit for the NHL Draft by hitting some of Dallas’ hottest spots to eat, drink, and be merry. Welcome, NHL fans, to Dallas! We’re glad you decided to visit our fair city as you boo Gary Bettman and see what future superstar your team will draft in the 2018 NHL Draft hosted in the home city of the Dallas Stars. While we know that your main purpose here is hockey related, we hope you’ll get a chance to check out some of the great food and culture Dallas has to offer. We’ve put together a guide of some of our favorite go-to places to go in the following...

Defending Big D

Should The Stars Trade For Artemi Panarin?

Contract talks have stalled for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Artemi Panarin, which has ignited trade rumors about the star forward. The Dallas Stars could bake a whole new ingredient into their game if they choose to pursue Panarin, but should they? The season of trade rumors in the hockey world is upon us, that time of year right before the draft and free agency where the slightest whisper fuels widespread rumors across the hockey world. Look no further than the player switcheroo that ensued on Tuesday that arguably kicked off the player movement season of 2018. Mike Hoffman woke up on...

Union and Blue

Columbus Blue Jackets 2018 Development Camp Details

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host their annual development camp at Nationwide Arena from June 25th until the 28th. Just two days following the NHL Draft the Columbus Blue Jackets will host their annual development camp at Nationwide Arena. The three day on-ice camp will showcase some of the Jackets brightest stars in their farm […] Columbus Blue Jackets 2018 Development Camp Details - Union and Blue - Union and Blue - A Columbus Blue Jackets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


NHL draft profile: Joe Veleno has what the Stars need. Biggest question — will he last until the 13th pick?

The Dallas Stars' focus at this draft needs to be acquiring as much skill as they can. Centers are always in demand. A high end playmaking center could be available for the Stars at 13. Joe Veleno from Drummondville of the QMJHL would be a quality addition to a Stars system needing to add dynamic ability.Veleno is known for his skating and his hockey IQ, two qualities Jim Nill and his crew always value. Those traits really stood out this season after Veleno was traded from Saint John to Drummondville Voltigeurs. With the Voltigeurs, Veleno had 48 points in 33 games, and another 11 in 10...


Where are they now? Only one true NHL bust to be found in Stars' last 10 first-round draft picks

The Stars struck lottery gold last year moving up from the eighth spot to No. 3 and were able to select defenseman Miro Heiskanen, which made him the highest pick taken by the franchise since Mike Modano in 1988.The team had no such luck this year in the lottery. As of now, they are slated to pick 13th when the draft is in Dallas June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center.Let's take a look at how the Stars' last 10 first-round picks have fared:2017: Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall)Position: Defenseman NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars Current NHL team: Dallas StarsThe last year for Heiskanen has...


How Jim Montgomery could bring some old-school Cowboys draft strategy to the Dallas Stars

FRISCO -- Will new Stars coach Jim Montgomery bring the Jimmy Johnson Effect to the Stars' work in the NHL draft?Johnson moved from a championship run at the University of Miami to take over as the Cowboys' head coach in 1989. Johnson gave the Cowboys an extra asset in their drafts early in his tenure with his fresh and in-depth knowledge of college players.Montgomery comes from a similar background: coaching powerful University of Denver for the last five seasons, winning an NCAA title in 2017. Montgomery knows the college game.The NHL draft, which begins Friday, differs from the NFL because...


Stars mock draft roundup: Experts think Dallas will pick a center, but which one?

Need some mock drafts? You've come to the right place. We've got more than 10 all in one spot.The Stars will pick 13th overall in the first round this year after missing the playoffs. This will be the ninth time in the last 10 years that Dallas has a pick in the top 15. Here's a quick breakdown of whom draft experts have going to the Stars in the first round.[Updated June 18]Joe Veleno, C, QMJHLChicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus [June 17]: "A playmaking center with terrific speed, Veleno also brings a solid defensive game and the intangible leadership skills scouts love."NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty...


Stars 2017 draft review: Elite defender potential, and a pick that made NHL playoff roster on another team

Draft review: 2017We're going to be taking a look at how the Dallas Stars have drafted from now until the 2018 NHL draft on June 22 and 23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.SportsDay is going to be taking a look at every draft under general manager Jim Nill from 2013-2017.More reviews 2013: Is this one of Jim Nill's better classes? 2014: Julius Honka, a whole lot of defensemen, and a promising LW who was traded for more defense 2015: How confident should Dallas be in Guryanov, Hintz?2016: Is there a future star in this class filled with national champions?Here are the picks he made...

Defending Big D

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Rounds 4-7

With enough hard work and a little bit of luck, hidden gems can be found in every round of the draft Draft week is finally upon us. By this point, after weeks (and months) of widespread coverage, you’re probably sick and tired of reading about Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov and many other prospects who are projected to go in the 1st round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. However, every year the draft goes far, far beyond just the opening round. Sure, the later the draft goes, the less likely that any of the players picked will go on to long, successful NHL careers. That doesn’t mean,...


NHL draft profile: If there is a run on centers, this quality defenseman could be best available for Stars at 13

Oh, a defenseman. You may have thought there were literally none in this draft due to our complete lack of profiles of defenders. Alas, there are many. The Dallas Stars really need to find dynamic talent up front so our focus has been on the forwards. Many quality blueliners will likely be available at the 13th pick, including Ty Smith of Spokane in the WHL.With Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic NHL reporting that teams might be focusing on centers at the draft, it's entirely possible that the Stars are staring square in the face of a quality blueliner being the best available player. Ty Smith...

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2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Round 3

As we continue our coverage leading up to the draft, let’s take a look at what the Stars could do with the 75th overall pick. With the 2018 NHL Entry Draft fast approaching, we here at Defending Big D are starting to wrap up our pre-draft content and get into the nitty-gritty of things. The other day I compiled a list of potential good fits for the Dallas Stars with their second round pick, the 44th overall selection, and today I’ll next focus on Dallas’ pick in the third-round (75th overall), with one last article examining rounds four through seven also coming soon. Below you’ll...


How last 10 picks at No. 13 have fared from NHL draft: Stars struck gold with Radek Faksa. Can they do it again?

Editor's note: This originally ran April 30.The Stars struck lottery gold last year moving up from the eighth spot to No. 3 and were able to select defenseman Miro Heiskanen, which made him the highest pick taken by the franchise since Mike Modano in 1988.The team had no such luck this year in the lottery. As of now, they are slated to pick 13th when the draft is in Dallas June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center.Let's take a look at how the last 10 picks at No. 13 overall have fared.2017: Nick SuzukiPosition: CenterNHL team taken by: Vegas Golden KnightsCurrent NHL team: Vegas Golden...

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Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings are out; let’s look at no. 25

There’s some falling stars and rockets charging up the list. And one Wilde choice at 25th. Last year, Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings had Timothy Liljegren at 16th, and we know where he ended up. (Any old top draft pick can win the Calder Trophy his first year, it’s a much more difficult feat to win the Calder Cup.) This year, the famous list is out for your perusal, and he has a few interesting names in the Leafs’ range. 23. Ty Dellendrea - C - OHL 24. K’Andre Miller - D - USHL 25. Bode Wilde - D - USHL 26. Jared McIsaac - D - QMJHL 27. Rasmus Sandin - D - OHL That’s a lot...


NHL draft profile: Will off-the-charts IQ, high floor be enough for Stars to consider taking Barrett Hayton?

Defensive-minded forwards can certainly be useful. Dynamic skill can be found at the top of the draft, but what if that top end skill is there? Two-way forwards with questions about their ultimate offensive upside come up. Barrett Hayton fits that mold.That isn't to say he isn't skilled. He certainly is. He hasn't produced like a guy who is going to come in and knock the socks off of a franchise offensively yet though, but there's at least a reason for that.Hayton played for a stacked Soo Greyhounds team that rattled off a massive winning streak in the middle of their season. He wasn't going...


Ex-Star and current Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill expected to take Swedish defender with first overall pick

In 1994, the Stars selected a hulking winger from the University of Michigan with the 20th pick in the NHL draft.On Friday, Jason Botterill returns to start the Rasmus Dahlin draft at American Airlines Center.Buffalo, with Botterill as general manager, is expected to use the first pick to select Dahlin, the 18-year-old puck-moving Swedish defenseman. The Stars have the 13th choice.Mats Sundin, to Quebec in 1987, is the last Swede to go first in the draft. Sundin had 420 goals in an 18-year NHL career.Dahlin is viewed as a generational-type player along the lines of Edmonton center Connor...

Defending Big D

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Round 2

The Stars hold the 44th overall selection in this year’s draft. Which prospects might be good options with that pick? The first round of each year’s NHL entry draft is always the most important for teams, but the decisions that each team makes in the following six rounds can also play an enormous role in separating the league’s top contenders from its struggling basement dwellers. Simply put, the more impact players you find outside of the first round, the better off your organization is as a whole. We here at Defending Big D have spent the past month introducing our readers to the...


Stars 2016 draft regrets: One thing this class has plenty of is lack of immediate impact

Draft regrets: 2016While breaking down each draft class under GM Jim Nill, SportsDay is also going to be taking a look at some prospects Dallas probably regrets passing We'll go through every draft under general manager Jim Nill from 2013-2017 up until the 2018 NHL draft, which is taking place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.Note: This isn't a re-draft. The players examined at each pick were taken around the time the Stars drafted in that round. Scroll to the bottom to vote on which player you'd like to have drafted the most.More regrets 2013: Dallas missed on a...


Miro Heiskanen brings a level of elite talent that comes with being drafted third overall

Editor's note: This story was originally published on July 7, 2017.FRISCO -- Miro Heiskanen is a rare player, as far as the Stars are concerned.He was the third overall selection in the 2017 draft, the highest for this organization since Mike Modano went first overall in 1988 to the Minnesota North Stars, and that means something. Despite not turning 18 until July 18, Heiskanen, who's 6-1, 172 pounds, already is the team's top prospect and is earmarked for greatness.It's a tough expectation but one that comes with the position."It is different," said Stars assistant general manager Scott...

Stars acquire defenceman Methot from Golden Knights

The Dallas Stars have acquired former Senators (and Golden Knights) defenceman Marc Methot from Vegas in exchange for a draft pick and goaltender Dylan Ferguson.

Stars take first goalie in draft, Oettinger at 26

Dallas Stars trade up to number 26 and take the first goalie off the board, Jake Oettinger from Boston University.

Heiskanen goes No.3 to the Stars

The Dallas Stars use the third pick in the 2017 NHL draft to take the first defencemen off the board, Miro Heiskanen.