Dallas Stars: 2015 NHL Draft Day Preview

The long wait is almost over.  The 2015 NHL Draft kicks off Friday night.  NBCSN will broadcast the first round starting at 6:30pm ET. The NHL Network will broadcast rounds 2-7 starting at Saturday 10am ET.  The Stars will also be hosting a 2015 Dallas Stars Draft party starting at 6pm Friday at the Omni hotel in Dallas.

2015 Dallas Stars Draft Preview

As previously mentioned in my 3 Reasons for Potential Stars Draft Day Trade article, I won’t be shocked if the Stars trade their pick.  They won’t find immediate help with the #12 overall pick and their most pressing needs (defensive/physical defenseman and goaltending) are available on the trade block. Recently Stars beat reported Mike Heika also suggested the possibility of trading their 1st round pick.

Key Decision Maker: Joe McDonnell Stars Director of Amateur Scouting

Staff: Jim Nill GM, Joe McDonnell Stars Director of Amateur Scouting, Kari Takko Director of European Scouting, Head Professional Scout Paul McIntosh, Professional Scout Danny O’Brien, Professional Scout Doug Overton, Amateur Scout Bob Gernander, Amateur Scout Dennis Holland, Amateur Scout Jiri Hrdina,Amateur Scout Jimmy Johnston, Amateur Scout Mark Leach, Amateur Scout Alex LePore, Amateur Scout Rickard Oquist, Amateur Scout Boris Protsenko and Amateur Scout Shane Turner.

McDonnell Says: During a recent radio interview on Stars Sunday, McDonnel confirmed the Stars list of top 12 prospects is consistent with the names everyone has been hearing. He also emphasized the history of late round success his staff has had in Dallas and Detroit. McDonnell confirmed the Stars will get a really good player at #12.

2015 Dallas Stars Draft Preview
Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads [photo: David Chan]

Where the Stars Pick and My Potential Player Available:

12th overall (First round): Timo Meier Halifax, QMJHL, RW, 6’1, 209 – 61gp 44g 46a 90pts +20

49th overall (Second round): Nicholas Meloche Baie-Comeau QMJHL, D, 6’3, 204 – 44gp 10g 34a 44pts -3 99pim

103rd overall (Fourth round): Felix Sandstrom Brynas, SWE, G, 6’2, 191 – Shoots left

133rd overall (Fifth round) Taggart Corriveau, Westminster Prep USHS, RW/C, 6’1, 176 – 28gp, 24g, 17a, 41pts

163rd overall (Sixth round) Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw, OHL, RW/C, 5’11, 188 – 62gp, 22g, 26a, 48pts -17

193rd overall (Seventh round) Cameron Hughes, Wisconsin, Big10, C, 5’11, 165 – 34gp, 3g, 10a, 13pts, -17

For more information on possible 2015 Dallas Stars draft picks be sure to check out THW’s 2015 NHL Draft Guide: The Next Ones.

 

Immediate Need: Defensive/physical defensman, goaltending

Long-Term Need: Goaltending, defensive/physical defensman, forward depth
Ready To Step In: RW Brett Ritchie, LW Curtis McKenzie
Brett Ritchie Dallas Stars
(Michael Connell/Texas Stars Hockey)
Restricted Free Agents:
Jamie Oleksiak (qualifying offer extended) D
Jack Campbell (re-signed) G
Patrick Nemeth (re-signed) D
Ludwig Karlsson (will not be back) D
Curtis McKenzie (qualifying offer extended) LW
Scott Glennie (will not be back) RW
Unrestricted Free Agents:
Cameron Gaunce (will not be back) D
Jhonas Enroth (unlikely to be back) G
Patrick Eaves (offer extended; both sides talking) RW
Rich Peverley (TBD) C
Shawn Horcoff (will not be back) C
Top 5 Prospects in the System:
1. Brett Ritchie RW Dallas Stars/Texas Stars
2. Julius Honka D Texas Stars
3. Jamie Oleksiak D Dallas Stars/ Texas Stars
4. Esa Lindell D Finland
5. Jason Dickinson C Guelph (OHL)/Texas Stars