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Stars Draft Riley Damiani in Round 5 at 137th Overall

The Stars have drafted the center from the Kitchener Rangers in Round 5.

Riley Damiani with the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL. Photo courtesy of Alyscia Warner and the Kitchener Rangers.

The newest member of the Dallas Stars organization is Riley Damiani. He was selected 137th overall in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Damiani has played with the Kitchener Rangers since the 2016-2017 season. In the 2017-2018 season, he recorded 19 goals, 18 assists, and 37 points in 64 games. At 5’9” and 163 pounds, Damiani is the smallest of the players drafted so far by the Stars during the 2018 draft.

He was teammates with Adam Mascherin, who was drafted by the Stars in the fourth round.

Damiani’s passion and energy for hockey was evident in his play this season in the OHL. Derek has some further thoughts on his style of play based on that:

Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers had this to say about Damiani’s potential:

Not only can Damiani score, he can skate and makes smart decisions with the puck. He can also play both special teams units. The NHL has plenty of room for this kind of player even if he stands just 5-foot-10. He’ll also have the motivation to prove the doubters wrong. For my money, he might be one of the best overall values of this draft.

We’ll have more interviews and content in the coming days thanks to our staff at the draft in Dallas.