Good afternoon Stars fans! The well anticipated 2014 NHL Entry Draft takes place tomorrow in Philadelphia. Here is a quick primer to get you ready for all the details regarding the Dallas Stars at the draft.
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WHEN: 1st round coverage Friday, June 27th. Remaining rounds take place on Saturday, June 28th
STARS PICKS: The Dallas Stars are tied for most picks (9) in the 2014 draft. They will pick in all seven rounds. No.14 overall will be their first pick. They then have a selection in the 2nd round, 3rd round, two selections in the 4th round, 5th round, two 6th round selections and a final 7th round selection.
POTENTIAL STARS PICKS: The 2014 NHL draft is wide open after the first four selections. Therefore, it is incredibly hard to predict who will be available for the Dallas Stars when their No.14 selection comes around. This article sums up my best bet of who the Stars will have a chance at selecting
WHY THE DALLAS STARS SHOULD TRY AND MOVE UP IN THE DRAFT: A good reason for the Dallas Stars to try and move up from their No.14 selection is because of the NHL ready prospects at the top of the charts. The Stars are in need of a potential No.1 defenceman or a second line centre. If Dallas was to move up, either of these players would be available. Leon Draisaitl is a big, playmaking centre that would fit the Dallas Stars second line centre needs for years to come. Defenceman Aaron Ekblad could very well be the answer to the No.1 defenceman problems that have plagued the Stars since the days of Sergei Zubov.
WHY THE DALLAS STARS SHOULD TRY AND MOVE DOWN: From picks No.10 to pick No.30, the draft board is wide open. If the Dallas Stars were able to move their No.14 pick for a couple later first round picks, they would have a better chance at finding a big-time prospect that could land anywhere from No.10 to No.30. Josh Ho-Sang of the Windsor Spitfires is being regarded as a potential superstar in the NHL, but his attitude problems have caused him to fall to the bottom half of the first round. Would Dallas trade away No.14 for maybe No.25 and No.37 to take a chance on Josh Ho-Sang and another second round pick they have been scouting for a while?
WHY THE DALLAS STARS SHOULD PICK AT NO.14: If the Dallas Stars are to hold onto their No.14 overall selection, I believe it will be under both these following circumstances.
A) A deal for Jason Spezza did not happen. If the Dallas Stars are selecting at No.14 tomorrow, that means their package for Spezza was not good enough. From what the speculation has been, Spezza will cost a first round pick and an NHL-ready prospect at minimum.
B) GM Jim Nill really likes a specific player that is currently on the board. In previous years, Nill has been known to trade down a few selections if the main player he wants is no longer on the board. However, if the prospect that Nill has been keeping an eye on is available, he will gladly make his way to the podium and call their name.
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