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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Worth of a First

With the playoffs a realistic possibility, will Jim Nill consider trading his 1st round pick before the deadline? Plus, the Stars have dynamic goaltending once again, the NHL expands “Hockey is For Everyone,” and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully I don’t jinx it, but it looks like the Dallas Stars have a good chance of making the playoffs. However, with the team struggling to score consistently, the team could boost those odds by acquiring a top six forward at the deadline.

Such players aren’t cheap, however, and odds are that when Jim Nill starts shopping around, he’ll get asked about the Stars’ first round pick a lot:

“They’re so valuable,” Nill said. “If you’re doing it, you’re doing it for the right asset. You’re always open to doing anything, any type of trade. But it’s got to be for the right asset.”

Still, if you’re trying to make a deep playoff run, then everything has to be on the table. Not to mention that 1st rounders (obviously) get less valuable the later they are:

According to a study by St. Lawrence University’s Michael Schuckers, the value of a draft pick declines sharply around pick No. 22. In the last 13 seasons, teams that have traded first-round picks during the season had the 23rd pick on average (through the 2018 draft).

You can read more in Matthew DeFranks’ piece here.

Stars Stories

I still feel really good about that win over the Nashville Predators. Here’s Mark Stepneski with some takeaways:

Other news from Saturday: the Stars signed one of the top scorers in the OHL this season.

After what feels like forever, solid goaltending is finally back to consistently defend Big D:

The Super Bowl Halftime Show fell short, but at least the Stars didn’t disappoint:

Around the League

You’re familiar with how well top rookies Miro Heiskanen, Rasmus Dahlin, and Elias Pettersson have been doing, but what about the rest of the first-years? [The Hockey News]

Wasn’t Jonathan Cheechoo on a PTO with Dallas one training camp? Either way, great read about the former NHLer:

Here’s some fantasy help for you in case you’re starting to freak out a little bit about the impending trade deadline: [Sportsnet]

Speaking of trades, here are a few names to keep an eye on: