Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dallas Stars Draft Preview

First Round Position: 8th

Best Picks in last 3 Years:

Jamie Benn-LW-5th 2007
Ondrej Roman-LW-5th 2007
Colton Sceviour-RW-4th 2007
Ivan Vishnevskiy-D-1st 2006
Richard Bachman-G-4th 2006

Coming Down the Pipe - Dallas hasn’t drafted in the first round for the past 2 years, but last year considered Fabian Brunnstrom as their first round pick. The Stars did really well in the mid to late rounds of 2007 with Jamie Benn and Ondrej Roman and were also impressive grabbing Richard Bachman in the 4th round of 2006. The big goalie had a monster year with Colorado College in 2007-08 and followed it up with another solid outing this past year.

Draft Trends - Dallas has drafted just one QMJHL player in 3 years and Ivan Vishnevskiy originally hails from Russia. Of their last 18 picks only three came from outside of North America.

Millard: -Dmitri Kulikov-With Sergei Zubov’s career winding down, Dallas could use a replacement. The elder Russian can teach the younger one, who plays a similar smart style as Zubov, and it could happen as early as next year.

Flaming: Dmitri Kulikov – Dallas has had the luxury of Sergei Zubov on their back end for over a decade. With his career winding down it just looks like Kulikov would be the perfect student to learn and eventually take the baton from Zubov.

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