134th Pick: Branden Troock
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 174
Position: Right Wing
The first of two fifth round picks for the Dallas Stars, Branden Troock is a big power forward prospect who will almost certainly be a project. As you can see from the stats above, injuries derailed Troock’s first two years in the WHL, causing him to miss out on what might be the most valuable development period in a prospect’s life. He was finally able to put his injury issues behind him last season and played well with Seattle, getting better as the season progressed. There’s no doubt Troock would have been picked higher had he not been wrecked by injuries. Troock will need to make big strides next year to be a viable candidate for a roster spot in professional hockey.
144th Pick: Henri Kiviaho
Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 183
The Stars drafted a Finnish goaltender with their second fifth round pick, but there isn’t much known about him. He’s not found in many scouting reports, but the young goalie did something to impress the Stars. He’s been playing in the Junior Finnish professional league, steadily improving his game. Kiviaho is years and years away from being a legitimate NHL prospect, so his development will continue overseas, preferably making the jump to SM-liiga sometime over the next couple years.
183rd Pick: Dmitry Sinitsyn
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 187
The final pick for the Dallas Stars in the 2012 draft, Sinitsyn is a Russian-born defenseman playing Division 1 hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He’s a product of the Dallas Stars’ very own junior Midget program, but the Stars will be keeping a keen eye on his development in college.
And there they are, the nine draft picks from the Dallas Stars. (The first six can be found here, here, and here). The Stars picked up one goaltender, three defenseman, one right winger, and four centers. Overall, it was a fine draft for the Stars, but we’ll have more on that tomorrow, so stay tuned!