That’s not a lot, but the Stars left the draft content:
“We’re happy,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “We knew we didn’t have a lot of picks going in, but we thought the scouts did a great job with what we had. We love our first-round pick, and I thought who we picked from the fourth round down, we did a good job.”
After taking Thomas Harley with the 18th overall pick, the Stars didn’t have another pick until the fourth round. But while they may be long-shots to make the NHL, it’s still worth getting a bit over-excited over players like Samuel Sjolund:
“He’s a highly-skilled kid. We’re very high on his overall ability,” said Joe McDonnell, the Stars director of amateur scouting. “I think he’s built for today’s game. Really good skater, moves the puck well. He has your typical Swedish skillset, so we are excited about him.”
You can read more from Mike Heika here.
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Here’s what the Stars’ draft leader, Director of Amateur Scouting, Joe McDonnell, had to say about this year’s selections:
Dallas didn’t make any trades at the draft, but it looks like there’s a market for Julius Honka:
The direction of Honka trade winds and what else I’m hearing after the NHL draft https://t.co/NDdptK9DIj— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) June 23, 2019
The salary cap for the upcoming season has been set to $81.5 million. That’s, uhh, less than ideal:
The Stars have just under $10 million in cap space now. There's a top-six forward that will likely eat up at least half of that. Then Dickinson, Ritchie and Honka are the remaining RFAs for Dallas.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) June 22, 2019
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You’ve likely heard about them all by now, but let’s have a rundown of the major trades from the weekend just in case.
.@SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have acquired a 2020 sixth-round pick from Carolina in exchange for Patrick Marleau, a conditional first round pick (2020) and a seventh round pick (2020).— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 22, 2019
Details >> https://t.co/5A24Knvfbz pic.twitter.com/vu4M2sUgfX
The #NJDevils have acquired defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators, in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, and two second-round picks (the 34th overall this season and the team's 2020 second-rounder).— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) June 22, 2019
By trading Subban, the Nashville Predators have become the top contender for UFA Matt Duchene. But will they even get him?
Meanwhile, the Leafs have the space to extend Mitch Marner, but that doesn’t mean the young winger won’t keep his options open:
The expectation is that the Marner camp will hear from teams when the RFA speaking period opens Wednesday.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 22, 2019
One RFA that won’t consider an offer sheet? William Karlsson, who is set to sign a max term deal with the Vegas Golden Knights:
You probably have draft fatigue by now, but this is still a must-read:
Nick Robertson (brother of Stars prospect, Jason) was the 53rd pick— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) June 24, 2019
This comes after he was born prematurely on 9/11.
At 28 weeks.
Put on life support.
Multiple failed treatments.
Here is the best story to come out of NHL Draft Weekend, by @seanshapiro https://t.co/ZN0awzdYEq