The Dallas Stars select Devin Shore with the second rounds' last pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
|2011 - Whitby OJHL
The Dallas Stars continue to rack up centers in this draft with the acquisition of Devin Shore late in the second round, making three of the first four picks pivot men for Joe Nieuwendyk.
Shore played in the OJHL last year, becoming the top rookie in that league, rocketing to his team's top line instantly and producing well (58 points in 41 games played). He has been drafted into the OHL but has committed to Maine and has made no secret that the NCAA has been his preferred destination. Joe Nieuwendyk, as we all know, has a fondness for college players.
Shore is described by most as a play making center - A guy with a better pass than a shot. He's young, still growing, but has decent size for someone at this stage of his career. Hockey's future says his "two-way game could use some work, but he isn't a major defensive liability." Plenty of time to work on that.
Depending on his chosen path (NCAA or OHL) he'll likely take three to four years to come to the professional level, and will be someone we keep an eye on in this space for years. His high offensive upside could pay dividends for the Stars down the road.
Quotes from scouting services after the jump...
FC's Draft Guide...
A super talented playmaking forward with a good head on his shoulders. Skates with decent top speed but needs to work on his first few steps. Has fine agility and lateral mobility, especially with the puck on his stick. Reads the developing play in the attacking zone very well and makes snap decisions which usually lead to offensive chances. Has very quick hands and the ability to consistently carry the puck into the offensive zone and the elusiveness to maintain possession until he can dish off a pass to an open teammate. Knows where to be on the ice in each situation. Will go into traffic or take the puck to the net from time to time but he usually gets knocked off the puck when he tries to make a strong power move due to his lack of strength. A playmaker with high-end vision, a whole basket of passing tricks who does a good job anticipating his opponents and makes consistently strong passes. Also has a bit of that ’nose for the net’ but needs to improve his shot velocity to be a more consistent scoring threat. The University of Maine recruit’s offensive creativity and hockey sense will take him far.
Shore is a hard-working player with good offensive skill set. His passing, vision, and smarts are probably his strongest attributes, and he does have a finishing touch around the net. As with any offensively oriented player, Shore's two-way game could use some work, but he isn't a major defensive liability. Shore has the size to play center in the pro game, but isn't necessarily a player that will make great use of his size.
Devin Shore is a player who has taken a bit of a different path compared to his peers. Drafted by the Barrie Colts in the 2010 OHL Draft, Shore is a player who almost immediately made it known that the NCAA was his preferred destination. Right after the Draft, Shore committed to Maine right after the draft, and instead of playing midget, he chose to play at Hill Academy, a private school in Aurora Ontario. After a year at Hill, Shore moved to Whitby to play with the Fury. Initially, it was expected that Shore would be a top six forward and contribute offensively, however he quickly was promoted to the Fury's top line, and was the Fury's top offensive forward. He was a member of Canada's silver medal winning entry at the World Jr A Challenge, and was named an MVP of the tournament. He was also named the OJHL rookie of the year this season. He is planning on heading to Maine next season, however his OHL rights are healed by the Barrie Colts, who are extremely interested in bringing him in next season. He projects out as a top 9 forward, with a high offensive ceiling.