So here at BlackoutDallas we are of course part of the Fansided network, and love to do things with other sites here within the network. Over at the network’s hockey-wide page, TooManyMenontheSite.com, we have had a network wide mock draft going. If you follow the site on twitter like you should (Twitter), then I have been sharing and retweeting the picks each day.
Well now it is the Stars’ turn, and I am on the clock. How has the draft gone so far? Well the Edmonton Oilers started off by taking Adam Larsson as expected. The rest of the picks started to go somewhat as expected, for a bit. But a few picks before the Stars came up, things got interesting. Mika Zibanejad has been listed in the top 10 prospects by a lot of sites, and he is 6th on the ISS list. But in the Fansided draft he slipped down a little, while Armia and Oleksiak both jumped up. Both of those were players that have been listed as possible prospects for the Stars at 14th, but both were taken early and now what is left on the board looks different. Here are the picks so far:
|4||NEW JERSEY||Jonathan Huberdeau|
|5||NY ISLANDERS||Sean Couturier|
So what is left on the board? Immediately the two players that stick out to me that have yet to be taken are Nathan Beaulieu and Oscar Klefbom. The Stars HAVE to take a blueliner with the 14th pick in the draft, and both of these guys are top 15 prospects. Klefbom has been climbing up the boards, while Beaulieu has been a consistent pick between 7th-12th on boards for a while. So who do the Stars go with? In Beaulieu the Stars could get a future PP quarterback and a guy that is being talked about as a great skater & puck-mover. Klefbom is a little more well-rounded, and has a little more size and strength. But he is probably a little bit more of a project and will take a couple of years, while Nathan could be ready to go pro quickly.
Who should be taken in this situation with the 14th pick?
- Nathan Beaulieu (87%, 20 Votes)
- Oscar Klefbom (13%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 23
My pick will be announced tomorrow night along with the post for the mock draft on Too Many Men.