The NHL Draft wrapped up on Saturday afternoon as the Dallas Stars wrapped up their picks. Here’s a breakdown of each of their five picks in rounds 4-7.
The Dallas Stars closed out the first ever NHL Draft hosted in Dallas on Saturday afternoon.
It was a good weekend for the Stars, who spent all eight of their picks that they owned going into the draft on the futures of the organization. And each of those eight picks carried their own variation of potential and significance.
We already covered Ty Dellandrea, who was selected at 13th overall by Dallas on Friday night. In addition, we also covered Albin Eriksson and Oskar Back, who were selected in the second and third round, respectively.
Here is a rundown of the five picks that they used in rounds 4-7 and which players they picked up.
Adam Mascherin, LW: 100th overall
With the first of two selections in the fourth round, the Dallas Stars picked up forward Adam Mascherin.
The interesting thing about Mascherin is that he’s 20 years old in a draft overflowing with 18-year-olds. The reasoning behind this is that Mascherin was actually drafted in 2016. The Florida Panthers picked him up at 38th overall in the second round. But after the Panthers offered him a contract and he denied it, he became eligible to re-enter the draft.
Mascherin’s numbers with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) over the past few years are incredible. He started with the Rangers in 2014 and played in 62 games, posting 29 points.
But in the three seasons since, he’s scored 110 goals and tallied 267 points in 197 games with the Rangers. He was ranked by many as a third-round prospect, so Dallas getting him in the fourth is impressive.
Here is the report on him from EliteProspects.com:
“Prolific scoring winger who combines an exceedingly high work ethic with speed, skill, and a mature approach to the game to overcome size differentials. An intense competitor with a booming shot, Masherin finds ways to score by outworking the opposition. He may not be the tallest player on the ice, but he isn’t a lightweight either. He plays a fast, heavy game and isn’t afraid to battle against tougher opponents. All-in-all, a lightning rod kind of player who will exceed expectations and bring energy to the game with each shift.” (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Overall, Mascherin looks like an impressive prospect with excellent scoring and skating abilities. On top of that, both Jim Nill and Joe McDonell confirmed that he can turn pro next season and they will try and get him signed soon.
Curtis Douglas, C: 106th overall
Six picks later, the Dallas Stars had another selection. They ended up using it on center Curtis Douglas.
And before we go any further, here’s a disclaimer: Douglas is a GIANT. And by giant, I mean 6’9, 247 pounds. You might see a player of that size playing defense or even in net, but it’s a rare commodity among forwards.
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“I grew six or seven inches in Bantam, so that was a Bambi kind of year,” said Douglas.
Douglas has been focusing heavily on nutrition and growing into his massive frame over the past few years. He talked about how it’s been a struggle, but that he is ready to begin utilizing it.
As a center, he’s spent the past two seasons in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and Windsor Spitfires. The 2016-17 season was a bit of a struggle for Douglas as he tried to adapt to a new league and still figure out how to use his size. He even served as a healthy scratch on a few occasions.
But in 2017-18, he made a large impact. In 66 games between Barrie and Windsor, he finished with 22 goals and 46 points.
“I think I do a pretty good job of playing under the hashmarks, playing a kind of cycle game” Douglas said. “I think I do pretty well. I think as a big guy I can do that better, and I will try to improve and do that better. If I want to play at the NHL level, I need to improve all aspects of my game and I think under the hashmarks and under the goal line should be my house and should be where a lot of opportunities and plays of mine come from.”
He is a solid project, especially considering his frame. He extensively analyzed his game during the post-draft interview and pointed out important factors within it. He’s passionate about building on his speed and combining it nicely with his size and offensive pressure (he tries to model his game after Brian Boyle and Ryan Reaves). Douglas was a terrific interview and seemed calm but excited to be drafted by Dallas.
“It’s awesome,” said Douglas. “I’ve been here for three days in Dallas and everybody I’ve met, Uber drivers… I’ve been taking Uber everywhere, it’s super cool here. Everybody I’ve met has been absolutely awesome. Today, I met a few people that are super nice. I’ve met a few fans that just came up and chatted with me and they’ve been awesome. This city is so warm, which is a plus as well. It’s so nice and I’m so excited to get started with the journey with the Dallas Stars and their amazing organization.”
He’s a good project and if he continues improving, could be a rare but valuable piece of the Stars’ future.
Riley Damiani, C: 137th overall
From 13th to 137th, the Dallas Stars took another center in Riley Damiani. Like Mascherin, he’s played for the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL for the past two seasons.
Damiani is 5’9 and 163 pounds, but uses his size to his advantage by transferring it to speed. He’s considered by many to be a heavily underrated prospect. Damiani is quick on pucks and can find his way to the net with his puck handling skills. In addition, he can also play on the penalty kill.
As a fifth round pick, he might be considered a long shot by some. He’s definitely got the tools and skills to be an NHL-level player, but he might require a little more size before getting up there.
But don’t forget that Jamie Benn, John Klingberg, and Marty Turco were all fifth-round picks as well. There’s always a chance, and this kid has some skills and an ability to adapt and play in a variety of situations. We’ll see where it goes.
Dawson Barteaux, D: 168th overall
Dallas ended up picking their only defenseman of the draft in the sixth round, selecting Dawson Barteaux at 168th.
Barteaux spent his 2017-18 season playing with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. He finished the season with three goals and 32 points in 64. Those are solid numbers for a defenseman and helped him show off his abilities at the blue line. He finished the season in second place in terms of points and assists among all Red Deer defenders.
The Stars already have a deep prospect pool of talented defenders, so Barteaux will slot right in. As a sixth round pick, he has a ways to go. But he’s shown potential and the Stars’ scouting staff took a liking to him.
Jermaine Loewen, LW: 199th overall
To round out the draft, the Dallas Stars selected Kamloops Blazers forward Jermaine Loewen just before pick 200.
This is quite a unique pick but carries a lot of positives with it. For starters, Loewen is from Mandeville, Jamaica. He became the first ever player born in Jamaica to be selected in the NHL Draft. How is that for a journey to the NHL?
And in four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, he’s found a way to become more effective, efficient, and dominant. Need proof? In his first season, he played 37 games and didn’t tally a single point. But in 2017-18, he put up 36 goals and 64 points in 66 games. Those numbers put him atop the team leaderboards in both categories.
His numbers look good and he continues to develop, though he is already 20 years old. It will be interesting to see how he does in the organization and if he ever makes it to the NHL.
So there you have it. There’s the Dallas Stars’ 2018 NHL Entry Draft. It was a solid draft overall, and we’ll have more coverage on each of the picks in the near future. But until then, we hope you enjoyed the journey.
And yes, it was a successful draft for Dallas overall.