There was a lot of talk about whether or not the Stars would keep all three of their second round picks. They could be used as assets in a trade for talent, a trade to move up, or they could be kept and used to stockpile talent. The Dallas Stars and Joe Nieuwendyk chose the latter. Complete information and stats for all three Stars draft picks from the second round are ahead.
43rd Pick: Ludvig Bystrom
Ht: 6′0″ Wt: 194
The Stars kicked off the second round by selecting Swedish defenseman Ludvig Bystrom. The 17 year old Swede is just 6’0″ and 200 pounds, but he’ll develop his frame more as he ages. Scouting reports have him as a smooth, puck moving defenseman. His hockey sense and smarts are also big assets to go along with his two way game. He played 20 games with Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League, his first taste of pro hockey, putting up 1 assist in his stint with the team.
54th Pick: Mike Winther
Ht: 5′ 11″ Wt: 172
Position: Left Wing / Center
The Dallas Stars started addressing their center depth last night with the selection of Radek Faksa, but they didn’t stop there. Winther spent last year with Prince Albert of the WHL, putting up 32 goals and 56 points in 71 games. However, Winther spent most of his season playing on the left wing, excelling in that position. He could be found on both the power play and penalty kill for Prince Albert, solidifying his reputation as a two way player with great speed and offensive instincts. Prince Albert was one of the worst teams in the WHL last year, and Winther’s success surrounded by a lack of talent shows what kind of player he can be.
61st Pick: Devin Shore
Ht: 6′ 0″ Wt: 190 lbs
Another center, this one from Whitby of the OJHL, Shore is praised by scouts for his power forward frame but brilliant offensive skill. His 29 goal, 58 point season for the Whitby Fury was a dominant performance and despite his lack of speed, his puckhandling skills allow him to beat defenders one on one with ease. He has been criticized for his supposed lack of aggression, but he was a staple on the team’s penalty kill. Shore has a lot of developing to do before he can be an NHL player, puckhandling past defenders won’t be as easy in the NHL as it is in the OJHL.
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