Dickinson was originally selected by Dallas 29th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, a pick they had obtained from the Boston Bruins as part of a deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to the Bruins at the trade deadline. Dickinson was Jim Nill’s second draft pick as General Manager for Dallas, and has been a regular in the forward lineup for the past three seasons.
The trade marks yet another unexpected wrinkle for the Seattle Kraken, as Dickinson was favored to be selected from Dallas in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. Instead, the Kraken will have to select either Ben Bishop — who waived his No-Movement Clause for the draft earlier this week — or one of the Stars’ various eligible prospects, such as Adam Mascherin. Veterans such as Blake Comeau and Andrej Sekera are also eligible for selection.
Having served as the Stars’ NHPA representative, Dickinson was beloved by teammates and fans alike. We hope that his curse of frequent hits to the face is stopped at the border when he moves to Canada.
Here’s the official press release from Dallas:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a third-round selection (73rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft via trade from Vancouver in exchange for forward Jason Dickinson.
Dickinson, 26, registered 15 points (7-8=15) in 51 regular-season games in 2020-21, finishing tied for seventh on Dallas with seven goals. The forward shared third on Dallas and matched a career high with two game-winning goals and shared second with one overtime goal. Dickinson led Stars forwards with 49 blocked shots and ranked fourth among team forwards with 78 hits, ranking sixth among all Dallas skaters in both categories. He also paced the club with 28 takeaways and finished the 2020-21 campaign with a career-high 16:12 time on ice per game.
The forward has skated in 221 career regular-season NHL games over six seasons, all with Dallas, and has recorded 63 points (22-38=63). Dickinson has also made two appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, logging nine points (5-4=9) in 40 career postseason contests. Additionally, he’s made one trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019-20, logging two goals (2-0=2). Dickinson won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2013 World U-18 Championship, earning one assist (0-1=1) in three games.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Georgetown, Ont., was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.