Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Draft LW Riley Tufte with 25th Pick

The Stars tabbed Riley Tufte with their first-round pick. Plus, catch up on what happened in the rest of last night's draft, and Jordie Benn signed a three-year contract.

Meet your newest Dallas Star: 6-foot-5, 205-pound Riley Tufte of Blaine, Minnesota.

After Lindy Ruff announced the pick in front of a welcoming Buffalo, scouting reports and reactions rolled in.

Captain Jamie Benn made sure to welcome Tufte into the fold.

Stephen Johns stuck to an emoji reaction.

And, of course, Tufte himself talked about his new team.

For more on Tufte...

  • Immediately re-read Derek's draft profile—highlight video included! [DBD]
  • Read how Tufte's high school coach described him (hint: "unbelievable," "intangibles," and special on and off the ice are all thrown out there). [USHL]
  • Find out why NHL.com's Joe Yerdon called the big winger "an intriguing prospect" back in November. [NHL]
  • Watch him talk about being named Mr. Hockey. [Star-Tribune]
  • See what the 18-year-old had to say to Chad Graff of The Pioneer Press. [TPP]
  • Learn why Tufte is "the pride of Blaine" and why he's been drawing comparisons to Nick Bjugstad. [Star-Tribune]


Auston Matthews at No. 1 was a gimme, but how'd the rest of your mock draft go? Read up on the newest members of each team. [SB Nation]

There were a lot of U.S.-born players picked last night, in case you didn't hear.

The elder Benn will be sticking around in Big D for three more years.

After signing Jordie to a three-year contract worth $1.1 million per season, GM Jim Nill had this to say about UFAs Jason Demers and Kris Russell.

"I spoke to their agents last week, and we both agreed they are going to look at free agency," Nill said. "I told them let's keep in touch and see where it goes. It's their opportunity to see what's out there, and it's our opportunity to see what's out there."

The Blackhawks traded Andrew Shaw to the Canadiens for the No. 39 and No. 45 picks in the 2016 Draft. [Second City Hockey]

The Flames have a brand new starter.

Catch up with what Elliotte Friedman is thinking with his latest 30 thoughts. [Sportsnet]

Now that Auston Matthews is officially a Maple Leaf, the pressure to help Toronto win a Cup begins. [Sportsnet]

There was a rumor floating around that Patrick Sharp could be on his way out of Dallas.

The Canadiens shipped Lars Eller to the Capitals in exchange for Washington's 2017 and 2018 second-round pick. [Japers Rink]

See the latest three stars of comedy in the newest edition of Sean McIndoe's Grab Bag. [VICE]

The Wild are buying out Thomas Vanek. [TSN]

The Flyers signed Radko Gudas to a four-year, $13.4 million contract. [The Hockey News]

And finally, get your tickets, y'all.