The Dallas Stars will select 14th overall in the upcoming NHL entry draft held on June 27th in Philadelphia. The positioning of the Stars pick this year comes with familiarity. Dallas has selected in the mid first round for the last few seasons after just nearly missing the playoffs. In their most recent season, the Stars qualified for the playoffs but were bounced in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks. Their No.14 pick is the highest possible selection for a playoff qualified team.
In our attempt to predict the future, we will preview three potential players that will be available to GM Jim Nill with the 14th overall selection.
Kasperi Kapanen, Right Wing, KalPa (SM-Liiga)
“Kasperi can be termed an ‘all-round’ player. More than that, he’s comfortable playing in all the important areas of the game. He has all of the necessary skills and understanding to impact the game in all of its areas. Has an ease to his skating and he uses it to his advantage. Smart and takes advantage of opportunities. Competitive and determined, he finds ways to contribute and help the team be successful.” –Craig Button, TSN
Brenden Perlini, Left Wing, Niagara (OHL)
“Perlini has three great things going for him. Size, skating and one heck of a shot. Once he gets going down the wing, he’s incredibly difficult to stop and he has both a great slapper and a terrific wrist shot, which he needs little space to get off. He does a great job of getting himself in scoring position to use his shot and has gotten better at fighting through traffic to get open.” –Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
Alex Tuch, Right Wing, USNTDP Junior, (USHL)
“Massive power forward has every physical tool in the kit: an enormous frame and strength, long reach, powerful skating stride and booming shot. Shields the puck and is dominant on the cycle. Displays surprisingly soft hands and finishing skills around the net. Lightning-quick release on a hard shot; can find the back of the net from just about anywhere around the faceoff circles.” – Kirk Leudeke, Red Line Report