With their first of two third round draft picks in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars have selected 73rd overall left winger Ayrton Martino of Clarkson University (NCAA).
Much like Logan Stankoven — who was selected by the Stars earlier today in the second round — Martino represents another highly skilled forward who could have likely gone higher. Our resident draft expert Derek Neumeier describes Martino as an “awesome skater with a lot of puck skill,” and a “possible 1st-round talent.” And Derek’s not alone in his assessment:
Another really strong pick from the Dallas Stars on Day 2 with the highly-skilled Ayrton Martino of the Omaha Lancers. Good hands, one-on-one creativity and a shot. Heading to Clarkson. Had him listed 50. He went 73.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) July 24, 2021
Martino turned heads this past season by registering 56 points in just 38 games for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL. He is currently committed to attend Clarkson University this fall to continue his playing career.