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.
#Stars select LW Riley Tufte with the 25th pick in the #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/nJnXYOyqSe— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 25, 2016
After Lindy Ruff announced the pick in front of a welcoming Buffalo, scouting reports and reactions rolled in.
Here's Red Line Report on Riley Tufte: pic.twitter.com/5fh4LR5Ty4— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) June 25, 2016
Captain Jamie Benn made sure to welcome Tufte into the fold.
You can probably reach the stars you're so tall! Welcome to the @DallasStars @rileytufte27 ⭐️ See you in Dallas.— Jamie Benn (@jamiebenn14) June 25, 2016
Stephen Johns stuck to an emoji reaction.
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And, of course, Tufte himself talked about his new team.
Tufte on the Stars: "I know it's a great organization with a great fan base" pic.twitter.com/2WuY1XufrK— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 25, 2016
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]
Riley Tufte: "I'm really excited to be a part of this organization" pic.twitter.com/MtlkZQ9u8b— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 25, 2016
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 @NHLBruins chose @tfreddy42 at No. 29. He is the 12th U.S.-born player selected in Round 1 of the 2016 #NHLDraft, a new record.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 25, 2016
The elder Benn will be sticking around in Big D for three more years.
#Stars sign D Jordie Benn to a three-year contract. DETAILS: https://t.co/sSGh5CzVat pic.twitter.com/a3fzNNWbIl— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 24, 2016
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.
TRADE ALERT: #stlblues trade Brian Elliott to Calgary for two picks. DETAILS: https://t.co/8xPqFd4xew #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/VwZS2jbxs0— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 25, 2016
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.
League source says Patrick Sharp could be in play for Dallas, which desperately needs help on defense. Another possibility for Kulikov?— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 24, 2016
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.
Two-game packs for Frozen Fury in Las Vegas are now on sale!— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 24, 2016
TICKETS: https://t.co/wdYJM9OCws pic.twitter.com/HeebKdEKDV