With under 10 days now until the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, things are starting to heat up in terms of speculation and trade rumors. Who goes first, and will the Edmonton Oilers really take another forward first overall? Which team will be the first to trade to move up (because I think this year there will be a few moves just in the first round)? And who will be the team that makes the surprising pick in the first half of the first round that will throw everyone for a loop?
Well most Dallas Stars know by now what the team is focused on while debating what to do with the 13th overall pick. The team not only needs centers at the NHL level, but they are completely empty of prospects at the key position throughout their ranks. Scott Glennie is the only prospect that they have that as shown any ability to play the position, but he was drafted as a right winger and at this point we are just hoping that he makes it to the NHL level and becomes a 2nd liner, much less a top talent like originally hoped for.
So with the 13th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft the Dallas Stars select…….? The obvious names to look at are Brendan Gaunce, Radek Faksa, and Zemgus Girgensons as the date draws near. But what do the Stars do if none of those players are there? What happens if Faksa comes off the board at 11th like I think he might, and one of the other two is taken as well before they come up, and the Stars aren’t very high on who is left? While they do need centers, what do they do if they think a defenseman that falls to 13th is the better talent?
While I doubt that two of those three are off the board when they take the stage, far crazier things have happened and unless Faksa falls it is almost expected that he is already taken. In a defense-heavy draft, should the Stars really pass over possibly filling out their blueline core when they have been lacking defensively for years?
While the first three prospects that I’ve looked over have been the top three centers that could be available, look for prospect reports on a few defensemen starting tomorrow. Look for names like Cody Ceci, Olli Maatta, and more. Because while I think the Stars “need” to go with a center, they do have two 2nd round selections and could still look into trades this summer. If they think adding another top blueline prospect along with Jamie Oleksiak brings in a better player than reaching for a center, than that should be an option. Because as well all know, the Stars aren’t just a piece or two away from being a top team. They need to bolster their talent in every position that doesn’t require a face mask and a blocker.