Mar 31, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan walks across the ice to the locker room after the second period against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Dallas 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NHL Draft: Could The Dallas Stars Trade Up From 43rd?

A few weeks back Andrew brought up the topic of the Dallas Stars possibly trading up in the first round of the approaching draft. With the 2012 NHL Entry Draft now less than a week away, rumors and speculation have reached an all time high. Of course every team is exhausting every option that they think could benefit their team. Who to draft with what picks we do have? What if we could move up to get this guy? How much would a certain team wanted to swap our picks in this round?

While some Stars fans have jumped on board and would love for the Stars to trade up to try and get a name like Alex Galchenyuk in the top five or six, the likely-hood that something like that happens seems next to impossible. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild need top-level offensive players and I just don’t see either trading down unless some teams is willing to blow them away with an offer that would be one-sided. And an offer like that is one that I would not be in favor of the Stars making.

But with the 13th overall pick the Stars should have some options. Of course they might have to make due with what is there after the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres draft right before them. Will Radek Faksa or Cody Ceci still be on the board? If not do the Stars go with Zemgus Girgensons or Brendan Gaunce to try and start building up future centers? Or will the Dallas Stars throw a “curveball” and make a pick that will shake things up, “a la Jack Campbell” a couple of years ago?

But the Stars do have some flexibility after the first round. The Stars own two 2nd round picks thanks to the Nicklas Grossmann trade, and then their early 3rd rounder, giving them the 43rd, 61st, and 74th picks. And if the Stars do decide to shake things up and trade up, I would expect it to involve these picks. They could possibly move two of those picks for one of the final picks in the first round, or to maybe move the lower 2nd and third for another pick in the top half of the 2nd round.

Talent-rich teams like the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and the defensively loaded Phoenix Coyotes are teams that I could easily see moving their late first round picks for a good 2nd round pick and another pick or asset. If the Stars and GM Joe Nieuwendyk miss out on a center they like in the first round and have to take the best available players, the situation might dictate that the Stars have to move around with their picks and pick up players that they specifically want in that 30-60 range. Currently I have no solid information on such a thing, but the more I think about this draft class and what the Stars need, I see the possibilities are there for the Stars to make a bold move if they feel they have to. Just to me that bold move is not in the top-10 picks, like many would hope it would be.

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