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2016 NHL Entry Draft – First Round

Here are the first 30 selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft


1 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Auston Matthews (ZSC Lions, NLA)
2 – WINNIPEG JETS – Patrik Laine (Tappara, SM-Liiga)
3 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
4 – EDMONTON OILERS – Jesse Pulijujarvi (Karpat, SM-Liiga)
5 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Olli Juolevi (London, OHL)
6 – CALGARY FLAMES – Matthew Tkachuk (London, OHL)
7 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Clayton Keller (US NDTP, USHL)
8 – BUFFALO SABRES – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga, OHL)
9 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor, OHL)
10 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Tyson Jost (Pentiction, BCHL)
11 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Logan Brown (Windsor, OHL) – (from New Jersey) (Traded Pk 12 ’16 to NJ for Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16)
12 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Michael McLeod (Mississauga, OHL) – (from Ottawa) (Traded Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16 to OTT for Pk 12 ’16)
13 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Jake Bean (Calgary, WHL)
14 – BOSTON BRUINS – Charles McAvoy (Boston, NCAA H-East)
15 – MINNESOTA WILD – Luke Kunin (Wisconsin, NCAA Big 10)
16 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, OHL) – (from Detroit) (Traded Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16 to DET for Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16)
17 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Dante Fabbro (Pentiction, BCHL)
18 – WINNIPEG JETS – Logan Stanley (Windsor, OHL) – (from Philadelphia) (Traded Pk 22 ’16 and Pk 36 ’16 to PHI for Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16)
19 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Kieffer Bellows (US NDTP, USHL)
20 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack, BCHL) (from Arizona) (Traded Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16 to ARZ for Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16)
21 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or, QMJHL)
22 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – German Rubtsov (RUS U18, MHL) – (from Winnipeg) (Traded Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16 to WPG for Pk 22 ’16, Pk 36 ’16)
23 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Henrik Borgstrom (HIFK Jr., FIN-Jr.)
24 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Max Jones (London, OHL)
25 – DALLAS STARS – Riley Tufte (Fargo Force, USHL)
26 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Tage Thompson (U-CONN, NCAA H-East) (from Washington) (Traded Pk 28 ’16 to STL for Pk 26 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
27 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Brett Howden (Moosejaw, WHL)
28 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Lucas Johansen (Kelowna, WHL) (from St. Louis) (Traded Pk 26 ’16 to WSH for Pk 28 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
29 – BOSTON BRUINS – Trent Frederic (USA U18, USHL)
30 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Sam Steel, (Regina, WHL)

Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars 2015-16 Bored Hockey Fan Season Preview

In two years, Jim Nill has turned the Dallas Stars, from a team always on the outside looking in, to a franchise on the up and up, with the potential of a deep Stanley Cup run.

Not since the 1-2 punch of Mike Modano and Joe Nieuwendyk, have the Stars had the talent down the middle of the ice. Tyler seguin and Jason Spezza, give Dallas the centres needed, to compete in the Western Conference, where strength down the middle of the ice is paramount to success.

Add to Seguin and Spezza, three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Sharp. Sharp was traded to the Stars, alongside defensive prospect Stephen Johns, for forward Ryan Garbutt and stalwart of the Stars D, Trevor Daley. The trade was Nill’s third blockbuster trade, in as many seasons, since leaving Detroit to become GM.

Nill’s recruitment drive for the upcoming season, started at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, when Dallas traded only a 7th rd pick, to the San Jose Sharks, for the rights of Goaltender Antti Niemi. Niemi was signed at 3yr-13.5 million, before his contract expired on July 1.

With a top 6 boasting Sharp, Seguin, Spezza and reigning Hart Trophy winner, Captain Jamie Benn, the Stars top forward core, match those of any top 6 in the National Hockey League. Add to that, a young defensive core, bolstered by another multi-Stanley Cup winner with Chicago in Johnny Oduya, give the Stars, on paper at least, a very strong chance of making their first Stanley Cup finals since 2000.

But not everything in Dallas, is full of sunshine and lollipops. The new recruits have to gel with their new team-mates quickly, to avoid falling behind early in a strong Conference. Sharp in particular, will need to hit the scoresheet early in the season, to be the support for Benn and Seguin, the Stars desperately need.

The main problem with the Stars, especially last season, was at the back end. Once known for having a very stingent defense during the days of Zubov, Sydor, Hatcher and then-GM Bob Gainey, in recent days, Dallas have been more known as the Allas Stars, due to the lack of D being played inside the American Airlines Center. Some of that could be put down to a young, inexperienced defense, still learning the trade of playing at a consistent level in the NHL, however, the major part of the Stars’ flaws in D, is their starting Goalie, Kari Lehtonen. Lehtonen, and his merry band of backups, had a season in which most people would describe as a shocker. Outside of Ben Scrivens at Edmonton, Lehtonen had the worst SV% (.903) of all Goaltenders who played at least 40 games or more, conceded the second most amount of goals (181), with Lehtonen’s backups last season, gathering a total of just eight wins.

Enter Antti Niemi. Ironically, another previous Cup winner with the Blackhawks. Niemi answers the problem that the Stars have had for years, solid goaltending to help Lehtonen, or to jump in when Lehtonen’s groin decided it doesn’t want to work anymore. Even though last season, was the first in many, where’s Lehtonen’s groin didn’t play up, he was still nowhere near his best.

So, where will the Stars end up next season?

With franchises such as Chicago, and the Los Angeles Kings, looking like taking a step back this season, and the likes of Winnipeg and Calgary, looking to prove to the world that they aren’t one-hit wonders out West, Dallas will be looking to be back in the playoffs, after missing out last term. Sharp should add to the scoring depth from the top 6, but they are still missing a top 6 right wing, which would allow Ales Hemsky to go on the third line and add more depth alongside Cody Eakin.

Scoring wasn’t the issue last season, nor will it be in the upcoming season. However, defense and goaltending will have two big question marks hovering over it the entire season. If the young core doesn’t take the next step in 2016, I don’t see Oduya or Alex Goligoski or Jason Demers becoming that elite guy, that the Stars are hoping John Klingberg becomes. If there are still struggles on the back end, then they need to hope that Niemi is the solution to their problems in net, otherwise Jim Nill will have to pull out another blockbuster, in order to bring in that elite top 2-4 defensemen that the Stars will need to be successful in the Western Conference.

If the Stars can have more 4-1 victories, as opposed to scraping away with a 5-4 win, the confidence of the young Stars will skyrocket, which will take the pressure off the front end to score, allowing them to relax and do what they do best, then they will be contenders in the West. A lot of things have to gel and go right straight away in order for the Stars to contend, but there is no reason to believe that the Stars won’t miss the playoffs. Perhaps even a Cup run.


Dallas Stars

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Dallas Stars

INS: Denis Guryanov (Pick 12, Togliatti 2, RUS-JR.), Roope Hintz (Pick 49, Ilves, FIN), Chris Martenet (Pick 103, London, OHL), Joseph Cecconi (Pick 133, Muskegon, USHL), Markus Ruusu (Pick 163, JYP JR. FIN-JR.), Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks)


Finally! After years of preaching for decent help for Kari Lehtonen, Jim Nill only trades away a seventh round pick for the rights to Antti Niemi form San Jose. The two-headed Finnish Goalie monster in Dallas looks to be a menacing shot-stopper.


Dallas Stars

2014 NHL Entry Draft – Dallas Stars

These are the players drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Round – Pick – Player Chosen – Junior/Club/College Team

ROUND 1 – PICK 14 – Julius Honka – Swift Current (WHL)
ROUND 2 – PICK 45 – Brett Pollock – Edmonton (WHL)
ROUND 3 – PICK 75 – Alexander Peters – Plymouth (OHL)
ROUND 4 – PICK 105 – Michael Prapavessis – Toronto Lakeshore (OHL)
ROUND 4 – PICK 115 – Brent Moran – Niagara (OHL)
ROUND 5 – PICK 135 – Miro Karjalainen – Jokerit U18 (FIN-JR. U18)
ROUND 6 – PICK 154 – Aaron Haydon – Niagara (OHL)
ROUND 6 – PICK 165 – John Nyberg – Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR.)
ROUND 7 – PICK 195 – Patrick Sanvido – Windsor (OHL)

Dallas Stars, That Damn Hockey Blog

That Damn Hockey Blog: Free Aaaaaaaaaaaagent Frenzy! Dallas Stars Edition

How would one rate the Dallas Stars’ free agency period? Let’s start by what they needed going in.


Dallas were a 2-man force last season in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Sure, the likes of Valeri Nichuskin and Alex Chiasson chipped in, but primarily, it was Benn and Seguin. That all changed with the acquistion of disgruntled Ottawa Senators captain, Jason Spezza. Spezza brings not only experience, offensive class and skill, but the biggest reason is a dominant second line center. Management is confident that Cody Eakin will be that guy in the future, but right now, why not take a chance on Spezza? He has one year left on his contract, and even though it is a 7 million dollar cap hit for this season, Dallas only traded away Chiasson, 2 prospects and a 2nd rd pick in 2015, in exchange for Spezza and prospect Ludwig Karlsson. If it works, then you have a dynamite 1-2 punch in the middle, possibly only matched by the Cup-winning duo of Modano-Nieuwendyk. Adding Spezza allows players like Eakin to learn and master their craft from a leader and a star player, taking the pressure off him, if he re-signs with the Stars, after being offered an offer sheet by the Stars this off-season.

The center is solved, and Dallas finished off proceedings, by signing a former-now-current team-mate of Jason Spezza, in Ales Hemsky. Hemsky (3yrs/$12mil) played alongside Spezza in Ottawa last season, after arriving there in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. This familiarity between the two will make the second line in Dallas, just as potent as the first, if they can gel from the beginning of the season, and keep it up until what could be a deep playoff run.


Kari Lehtonen, good goaltender, but the word injury-prone could not describe him better. Realizing that they don’t need an ordinary back-up and more of a mini-starter, Dallas signed Anders Lindback, formerly of the Tampa Bay Lightning, to serve as the backup for the upcoming season. Losing his starting gig to Vezina candidate Ben Bishop, Lindback brings a .904% and 2.74GAA to potentially start as many as 25-30 games next season, if Lehtonen continues his injury-riddled seasons of past.


The only other free agent signing on Day One was depth forward Patrick Eaves, leaving the D untouched as of now for the upcoming season. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the defensive crop is plentiful. Players like Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth and first-round pick Julius Honka could be a chance, and current Star RFA Brenden Dillon could be a great D man if his progress continues as much as it did this past season. One more solid defensive defensemen wouldn’t hurt, but the Stars could live without it, if some of the younger players can step up to the next level and become a solid unit led by Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski and Sergei Gonchar.

In the past 12 months, Jim Nill has changed the Dallas Stars from that team that would always just miss the playoffs, to potentially challenging for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The future of hockey is bright in Texas, and with the Texas Stars winning the Calder Cup this past season as well, the future looks very bright. Could we see a return to the days of the late 90’s? Let’s just say, the future is in the Stars.

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The Flock Presents-The NHL After Draft Special

On Sunday evening, members of the facebook group, “The Flock” joined forces to discuss the fallout from the 2013 NHL entry draft. We discussed the Seth Jones situation, the Vancouver bombshell, and the future, and so forth. Needless to say, it was a “happening.” With Free Agency Frenzy on our doorstep, this is a must listen for the for the fan’s, by the fan’s perspective on the future of the NHL.


Dallas Stars

2013 NHL Entry Draft – Dallas Stars

Here is a look at whom the Dallas Stars drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 10 – Valeri Nichuskin (RW) – Russia – Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
1 – 29 – Jason Dickinson (C) – Canada – Guelph Storm (OHL)
2 – 40 – Remi Elie (LW) – Canada – London Knights (OHL)
2 – 54 – Philippe Desrosiers (G) – Canada – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
3 – 68 – Niklas Hansson (D) – Sweden – Rogle (HockeyAllvenskan)
4 – 101 – Nicholas Paul (LW) – Canada – Brampton Battalion (OHL)
5 – 131 – Cole Ully (LW) – Canada – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
5 – 149 – Matej Paulovic (LW) – Slovakia – Farjestad J20 (SuperElit)
7 – 182 – Aleksi Makela (D) – Finland – Ilves (SM-liiga)

Dallas Stars

The Super Awesome Ultimate Mega Dallas Stars Season Preview Prediction Column Blog

Ah, Dallas. The team that, like Buffalo, seem to narrowly miss the playoffs every year, and like nobody, seem to lose their star Center to Free Agency because we refuse to accept any trades. But in this, a shortened season, could luck change for the Stars, and give their fans a playoff run?

Dallas weren’t shy in Free Agency, signing veteran wingers Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, as well as signing defensemen Aaron Rome and Tyler Sloan to cover for losing forwards Adam Burish (San Jose), Jake Dowell (Minnesota), and veteran Sheldon Souray (Anaheim). But the big impact was made by Dallas in trading. Their leader of sorts on the ice, Steve Ott, was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, along with D Adam Pardy for C Derek Roy. Roy should help with an offense that was 30th on the PP last season, but losing Ott shows that the Stars may be leaning away from the toughness mentality they’ve developed over the past few seasons.

Also departing was Mike Ribeiro. The 60-point scorer from last season, was sent to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for C Cody Eakin and a 2nd Round pick (Mike Winther). Ribeiro hadn’t scored less than 50 points in the last eight seasons, but was traded in a shake-up that not only affected the Forwards. D Mark Fistric was also traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a Third Round pick in the 2013 Draft. This leaves Dallas with a somewhat inexperienced defensive core, centred around Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski and the oldest defensive player on the roster at 35, Stephane Robidas. Dallas need upcoming players like Jordie Benn, Philip Larsen and Brendon Dillon to step up and make it to the next level, and aspiring stars like Jamie Oleksiak to be ready in the wings when called upon.

The Goaltending however, is something that the Stars won’t have to worry about for years to come. Kari Lehtonen may be 29, but he is in that group along with Jimmy Howard (Detroit), and Antti Niemi (San Jose) of great Goalies, but not as elite as the likes of Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles). Richard Bachman is a more than capable Backup, and with arguably the replacement G for Ryan Miller in Team USA in Jack Campbell applying his trade at the AHL-Affiliate Texas Stars, the Goaltending looks locked in for the next ten to fifteen years.

The big question remains, can the Stars, with all the moves made in the off-season, make the playoffs? The inclusion of Jagr and Whitney should improve the Stars offensively, especially on the Powerplay where they were ranked last overall last season, but can the up and coming defensive unit of the Stars, help them get across the line? The Stars will be one of those teams fighting for that seventh and eighth spot come playoff time, but it all depends on one thing. Re-sign Jamie Benn before the season starts, and they make it. Don’t re-sign Jamie Benn before the season starts, and I’m afraid the Stars may just miss out again.

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