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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Day Two Digest

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Read about each of the seven players the Stars selected on Saturday. Plus, draft grades, Kovalchuk signs with the Kings, Calgary and Carolina make a blockbuster trade, and more.

2018 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The NHL Entry Draft is in the books, which means it’s time to welcome the newest wave of (potential) NHL players. The Dallas Stars themselves selected seven players yesterday in Rounds 2-7 for a grand total of eight new prospects, so let’s go ahead and recap each selection:

First up in the second round (44th) was Swedish RW Albin Eriksson:

In the third (75th) , the Stars went with another Swedish forward in C Oskar Bäck:

With their first fourth rounder (100th), courtesy of Chicago and the Stephen Johns trade, the Stars took Canadian LW Adam Mascherin:

Next in the fourth (106th) was a very big C in Canadian Curtis Douglas:

In the fifth (137th), Dallas went with another Canadian C, Riley Damiani, who happens to be Mascherin’s teammate with the Kitchener Rangers:

The Stars finally drafted a D with their 6th round pick (168th), Canadian Dawson Barteaux:

Finally, the Stars used their seventh round pick (199th) to select Canadian dual winger Jermaine Loewen:

Here’s Mark Stepneski with a minor breakdown of each pick. [NHL]

Corey Pronman also gives his feedback on each of the Stars’ newest prospects, giving the team a B- grade for the draft. [The Athletic]

In case you couldn’t tell, the Stars drafted a lot of forwards this year:

More Draft Discussion

Here are the rest of Pronman’s grades for the draft if you’re interested:

They say every draft has some winners and some losers. Sean Leahy gives a thumbs up to AAC DJ Michael Gruber in his. [NBC Sports]

Meanwhile Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshnyski listed Stars captain Jamie Benn as a “loser” in theirs (all in good fun, mind you). [ESPN]

Two awesome stories for some players not drafted by Dallas: First up, Liam Kirk makes NHL history:

And while he certainly isn’t the first Texas native to get drafted, it was still a big day for Ryan O’Reilly:

Outside of the Draft

Big news yesterday all over the place. First, right around the start of the 2nd Round, the Los Angeles Kings announced this bombshell:

Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract has a $6.25M AAV. Here’s how it stacks up to other cap hits around the league. [Sportsnet]

Later, word broke out that John Tavares will be interviewing with several teams over next few days before he officially becomes a Free Agent, and the Stars seem to be one of them:

Perhaps the biggest news of the day, however, was a blockbuster trade between the Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes involving Dougie Hamilton, Noah Hanifin, and Elias Lindholm:

Our friends over at Matchsticks and Gasoline gave their immediate reactions to the trade. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

From a neutral standpoint, Craig Custance feels that the trade has at least one clear winner. [The Athletic]

Finally, on the subject of trades, it looks like the Colorado Avalanche have a contract ready for new goalie Philipp Grubauer:

Meanwhile the team didn’t find a trade partner for Brooks Orpik, and thus plan to buy him out: