The Stars pick was a surprise to some but Jim Nill and Joe McDonnell got the player they were targeting all along. They selected Russian forward Denis Gurianov who turned 18 just over two weeks ago. He is 6’2, 183 and played last season against men in the KHL for Tolyatti Lada.
First real off-the-board pick by Dallas, Russian F Denis Gurianov at No. 12. Now some scrambling by teams. Boston has next 3 picks.#nhldraft
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) June 27, 2015
Gurianov’s Shot Rates 5/5
Gurianov played 8 KHL games and had 1 assist. However, don’t let those numbers fool you. He might just possess the best shot in the whole 2015 draft. During the NBCSN coverage Craig Button, who was a fan of the pick, went on to say he rated his shot as 5/5. Button also said Gurianov was the only player he gave a 5/5 on shot.
Friday night after the pick Jim Nill was on the phone with Stars Sunday hosts Owen Newkirk and Bruce Levine. Nill confirmed the Stars had been watching Gurianov since last fall. Nill described Gurianov as a power forward with a great shot. He also said he likes to shoot which is unusual for European players and is a great kid.