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Why are people talking about Jones and MacKinnon?

I've been looking at the standings and the next eleven games (as I'm sure most Stars fans have), and I really can't convince myself that the Stars will end up any higher than 5th in draft. Perhaps as low as 9th. With 37 points and 11 games remaining, I just don't see Colorado, Florida, Calgary or Carolina winning enough games to pass Dallas in the standings.

The Avs, Panthers and Flames are all 7 to 8 points behind already, so they won’t be catching Dallas in the standings. The Canes are 1-10-1 in their last 12 games, with 4 games remaining against Boston and Pittsburgh. Add five more games are against current playoff-bound teams (OTT, NYI, NYR) or teams fighting for the SE division (WPG, WAS). The only poor teams they play are Philly and Tampa, so I can't see them picking up more than 7 points. That would put them at 41 points on the season. I'd be shocked if the Stars end up with less than that. Although there are no truly awful teams left on the schedule, I doubt they will finish with less than 4 points in the next 11 games. I could see Buffalo, Tampa and Philadelphia maybe passing them in the standings, but that’s it.

So as much fun as it is to fantasize about picking up Seth Jones, MacKinnon or maybe even Drouin, it is not going to happen. MAYBE Joe trades up in the draft. That’s a big maybe. I think folks are underestimating the cost of trading up and overestimating the chances of Boston’s conditional pick turning into a first rounder.

I’d love to hear what other folks think, though. I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, so there aren’t many Stars fans (or hockey fans, for that matter) to talk to.

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