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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars, The Draft, and Lucky Number 13

Mike Heika sifts through a fluid 2018 first round. Plus, Barry Trotz resigns in D.C., the NHL awards are tomorrow, and Dave Tippett signs up in Seattle.

Dominik Bokk at the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine
Let’s use the Dominik Bokk photo while we still can, OK? (You’re welcome.)

Dallas Stars fans will be out in force for the 2018 NHL Draft. But what can they expect with that first-round pick?

Stars senior writer Mike Heika has taken his best shot at making sense of a remarkably fluid list of top-31 talent. But first, he offers this bit of insight:

The Stars are expected to take the “best player available,” so there is a chance they add to their deep group of defensive prospects. But they need a center and it looks like they could have a solid group of forwards to choose from at 13th. That could mean they just have to wait to see which forwards fall.

Mock drafts are always fun, and Heika guesstimates landing places for several much-discussed prospects. It’s an interesting field, from the big names (Rasmus Dahlin, consensus No. 1 overall, everyone) to the rising, uhhh, stars (Jesper Kotkaniemi, a possible pickup for the hated Chicago Blackhawks, who “will take him if he is there”).

Will Dallas go with Barrett Hayton instead of a rankings near-neighbor like Joel Farabee, Rasmus Kupari, or Grigori Denisenko? Which hot prospect could fall into the team’s lap? Will DBD readers burn down the internets over the suggestion that the ’Hawks will draft Kotkaniemi and sleeper pick Dominik Bokk?

Let’s find out. [Dallas Stars]

More Stars: Draft Days Edition

Because there’s never an overdose of mock drafts, check out SportsDayDFW’s roundup.

From Jere Lehtinen to Stephen Johns to Jamie Benn, the Stars have put together quite a list of players and alumni for Friday’s autograph sessions. Just remember that you need to register for a free Fan Fest ticket to attend.

The NHL Draft storylines are everywhere you look this week, and one of them is Southlake native and Dallas Stars U16 alumnus Ryan O’Reilly. The center/RW, ranked No. 58 by NHL Central Scouting, has the chance to be drafted in front of his home crowd this weekend.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie has put together his final 2018 draft rankings, and it’s great reading.

It’s pretty heartbreaking when a hockey hopeful attends the draft and goes home unselected. Ryan Kennedy talked to sports agents about the factors prospects should consider before they travel.

Around the League(s)

The 2018 NHL Awards go live from Vegas at 7 p.m. CDT tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 20) on NBCSN and Sportsnet. One of the highlights: EA Sports.

This year’s show will also remember three tragedies that united the hockey community during 2017-18.

But Alex Ovechkin’s seventh career Rocket Richard Award could be overshadowed by the resignation of Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz – apparently after he asked for a major raise to go with his automatic two-year contract extension.

Former Stars head coach Dave Tippett will bring his expertise to the issue of bringing the NHL to Seattle. Could he also become the prospective new franchise’s first head coach?


Texas Stars goalie Mike McKenna is a bottomless cup of quotes. Enjoy.