Let’s continue looking at prospects for the upcoming NHL 2011 Draft, and players that I believe the Dallas Stars should be keeping their eye on to possibly draft with their 1st round pick. Of course the Stars draft 14th this year. Here is the link to the first two players I covered: Story.
Joe Morrow (D, 6’0″ , 197 Ibs): Not as big of a defender in size, but one thing I keep hearing about Morrow is that he is smart. Smart kid that skates well and I keep hearing that he can move the puck very nicely as well. But what is nice to go along with that? The fact that he can be a little physical too and does not mind partaking in the rough stuff. So he can scrap, is smart, and looks like a future PP blueliner? Of course the Stars could use him. And why the heck would they not want another player with the last name Morrow. He will probably be going off the board between 15-25, but if a few players that the Stars like are off the board by the 14th pick and they like what they see, then he could end up holding up that black and gold sweater.
Nathan Beaulieu (D, 6’0″ , 165 Ibs): This prospect would be the the least likely (of the ones I have talked about so far) to be on the board for the Stars at the time they draft at 14th. Beaulieu is considered on of the top 3-4 blueliners in the draft and most mock boards have him going off between 7th and 12th. But one thing we learned for sure last season is that any player can fall or jump a few spots and change everyone’s plans. Nathan is potential the best offensive defenseman in the draft this season. He is an excellent puck mover, future PP “quarterback”, and is a smart guy with his positioning. The only glare is that he will need to add some strength and size to fully transition into the NHL, but he is a top level prospect and could be in the NHL very quickly. Just like with Siemens, if he falls to 14th at all, the Stars HAVE to take him.