Dallas Stars NHL Draft Selection Round 6 Pick 179: Matthew Seminoff, Right Wing, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
The Stars finally got to their final pick of the 2022 NHL Draft and the Stars drafted players for both of their needs going into the draft. This pick was basically going to be a “best player available” pick and the Stars hit the jackpot. The Stars drafted Matthew Seminoff with the 176 pick in the draft to cap off their draft class.
The reason why I’m saying the Stars hit the jackpot with this pick is multiple reporters had him going early on in the second round and he dropped all the way to the Stars midway through the 6th round. Personally I had him going in the third round so this was a huge win for the Stars.
A Right Wing that has a high ceiling to become a scoring threat in the NHL. I can tell you once he gets to the league, he will go on a revenge tour and punish the other franchises for letting him drop that low in the draft.
Time Frame: 5 years
He’s going to spend at least a couple due to the AHL rule with the CHL and then spend a couple of years in the AHL. Depending on how he does over the next couple of seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, he might be fast tracked and put on the main Stars roster.
The reason why I give this an A+ is due to the fact we were able to draft a prospect with a second round grade all the way down in the 6th round. That is super rare to happen to a prospect with the skill and talent Seminoff processes. He might just join the ranks with Jamie Benn as a late round draft steal.
Overall the Stars had an pretty amazing draft I would have to say. While drafting 4 defenseman in a row is an ideal strategy, it could pay off for the Stars down the road. I can’t wait to see how these 6 young players develop under the Stars guidance the next couple of years.