The Dallas Stars have a pretty thin draft coming – at least it currently stands. Recent trades have left them with a record-low four selections currently available, including that No. 18 overall pick. The question now is not whom fans would pick, but whom GM Jim Nill is likely to go for.
Sean Shapiro examines The ’Stache’s history in the June show to see what the past might tell us about the upcoming action in Vancouver:
The Stars have made 44 selections in the Jim Nill era, which dates back to 2013. Those selections included 24 forwards, 14 defensemen and six goalies. That roughly reflects the makeup of an NHL roster for each of those positions.
Of those 44 picks, just over half — 23 — have come from the Canadian Hockey League. Of the CHL picks, 15 have come from the Ontario Hockey League, with only one selection from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Thirteen combined picks have hailed from either Finland or Sweden.
Shapiro’s own prediction for Nill’s eventual first-round pick came down to a coin toss – blueliner Cam York from the U.S. National Team Development Program, or center Alex Newhook of the Victoria Grizzlies:
York makes the most sense in my view. The Stars have much of their long-term defensive core locked up, with Esa Lindell, Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg here for the long haul. But an additional home-grown top-four defender is a luxury York could provide as the paydays start to pile up for Heiskanen and Klingberg.
Newhook’s status as a Junior A player isn’t going to scare off the Stars, and he would be an intriguing addition to the Stars prospect pool at center, which is currently led by Ty Dellandrea. Either way, locale really isn’t going to predict who the Stars draft in the first round.
Find out how Sean filled out the rest of the draft card at the link. [The Athletic DFW]
The Stars have put together a handy 2019 offseason tracker, from contracts to camp – starting with the beginning of the first buyout period on June 17. [Dallas Stars]
In the meantime, Jim Montgomery got the ride of a lifetime before Saturday’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
"The adrenaline is like a #StanleyCup Playoff Game!"@DallasStars Head Coach Jim Montgomery got to ride along in the @IndyCar two-seater before the race at @TXMotorSpeedway on @NBCSN: https://t.co/3KgLFKzRoF pic.twitter.com/XvNrgqpq0Z— #StanleyCup Game 7 on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 9, 2019
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FULL GAME 6 HIGHLIGHTS: https://t.co/HBKLMUvuTX— #StanleyCup Game 7 on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 10, 2019
Color Frank Seravalli unsurprised that this series is going the distance.
Bergeron spoke. Marchand scored. And Rask slammed the #StanleyCup’s case shut in St. Louis.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 10, 2019
Next time someone tells you experience is overrated, remind them that the last time a team won without a previous Cup winner on the roster was the 1989 #Flames:https://t.co/D3R5A7RKTw pic.twitter.com/utVufNNITV
Stanley Cup of Chowder posts a funny-in-the-way-that’s-not story about how Boston has brought on all the Blues’ goonery themselves.
How many times is the league going to allow Bruins players to use their heads to try to injure St. Louis players? https://t.co/qQhEdASHGw— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) June 10, 2019
Also at THN, in the All-Access section: There really used to be offer sheets other than the one that gave Shea Weber That Contract.
Believe it or not, there was once a time – before the unwritten code – when teams went after other teams’ RFAs.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 10, 2019
Read now with All-Access: https://t.co/sa5w7eEygz
Check out this incredible bit of history from Sports Illustrated, when the great William Faulkner wrote about his first NHL game.
Nobel Prize novelist William Faulkner was hired by Sports Illustrated in 1955 to watch his first @NHL game and then write an essay. He saw the New York Rangers play the Montreal Canadiens. Here is his essay "An Innocent at Rinkside":https://t.co/4pbYHSAyIR#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/U1Lhu80iwy— Vashi Nedomansky, ACE (@vashikoo) June 9, 2019
Soooooo, what’s your answer?
Who wants me?— The Stanley Cup (@StanleyCup) June 10, 2019