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Draft History….and Heatley

Posted By Sandy Gemmiti On Aug 12 2009 @ 3:27 pm In Dallas Stars | No Comments

Well it is almost that wonderful time of the year again…yes hockey season is just around the corner but since we aren't there yet I thought I would take a look at the drafting history of the Stars for the past few seasons.  I will get more into off-season moves at all levels as the season approaches in my Stars preview but for now lets just have some debate about the draft history.

I was going to start in 1999 but to save us from starting in an ugly draft year I went to 2000 and I am only going to really pick at the first 4 rounds.

Round 1 – Steve Ott
Round 2- Dan Ellis
Round 3 – Joel Lundqvist
Round 3 – Alexei Tereshenko
Other Notables – Round 7 – Annti Miettinen

Well what isn't to like about this draft year.  Sure Tereshenko isn't anything to brag about but how about picking up Miettinen in round 7.  Also the first 3 rounds all turned into quality NHL players. Sure you might want a better talent in round 1 but Ott was the 25th pick and is a very solid player.  Dan Ellis ended up being a heck of a pick even though he never suited up for the Stars.  All in all in a pretty weak draft class outside of a few early picks in Heatley, and Gaborik, the Stars grabbed one of the best players at pick 25 and did a good job the rest of the way.


Round 1 – Jason Bacashihua
Round 3 – Yared Hagos
Round 3 – Anthony Aquino
Round 4 – Daniel Volrab
Others – Round 5 – Mike Smith, Round 6 – Jussi Jokinen

Wow did this one start out rough for the Stars.  Luckily they really turned it around picking Smith in round 5 and Jokinen in round 6.  2 very solid players, Mike Smith I would argue should still be in Dallas, and Jokinen proved his worth and has put up 145 points in 235 games in the show.  Gotta wonder what they seen in round 1-3 though.


Round 1 – Martin Vagner
Round 2 – Janos Vas
Round 2 – Tobias Stephan
Round 2 – Marius Holtet
Round 2 – Trevor Daley
Other Notables – Bryan Hamm Round 7

Thank heavens they landed Daley because how would you explain having zero good players with 5 picks in the first 2 rounds.  Daley is the only player worth talking about from this class and he looks to be a great player for years to come.  Daley skates silky smooth and handles the puck like a pro, still needs some work on his D but will likely be a very good Dman for many years. Why Hamm you ask?  Well apparently he played for my hometown Peterborough Petes and I have never even heard of the guy.


Round 2 – Loui Eriksson
Round 2 – Vojtech Polak
Round 3 – Matt Nickerson
Round 4 – Alexander Naurov
Others – Nope

Loui Loui!  Well it would of been a nice year to have a #1 pick but the Stars made out like Bandits picking up Loui in round 2.  Eriksson really looks to be headed toward a solid career.  Eriksson makes this class a success….should I mention they could of had Shea Weber insteak of Polak in round 2…..nah


Round 1 – Mark Fistric
Round 2 – Johan Fransson
Round 2 – Raymond Sawada
Round 2 – Nicklas Grossman
Others – Nope

Yikes!  Thinking D in round 1 and instead of taking Mike Green at 28 they take Mark Fistric at 28 and watch Green fo to the Caps…we all know the rest of this story.  How about round 2 looking for a forward to go with Fistric and we take Sawanda and the next pick off the board is David Booth.  Not the best work here.


Round 1 – Matt Niskanen
Round 2 – James Neal
Round 3 – Richard Clune
Round 3 – Perttu Lindgren
Others – Not yet

This is the last year I will do because you need to give the players a few years to have a chance to develop.  2005 was pretty solid.  Niskanen who I am not personally a huge fan of has already made the big club and plays a regular shift.  He also is someone the team needs to get better.  Neal has been fantastic and really looks like a gem.  The rest of this class isn't very good but the top 2 have already made the club and are impact players for the Stars.  The only player I would of taken over Neal in round 2 was Stastny looking back but we all know how the saying goes about hindsight.  James Neal put in 24 goals in his rookie season which is pretty good stuff.

Looking back at these classes can you see why we brought in Mr. Nieuwendyk to take over as GM?  I can.  Definetly not the worst draft history I have ever seen but not nearly the best.  Also keep in mind the Stars have been a rock solid franchise over the years listed above so the round 1 picks aren't as bad as you would think due to the Stars picking near the end of round 1 every season.

Any thoughts?  Any picks you Stars fans really wish we made different?  Imagine how different this team would look if they picked Weber and Green when they had the chances…wowsers

Also I thought I would give my two cents on Heatley and the chances of him becoming a Star.  How great would he look on a line with Riberio!  That said it would depend on what the Stars would have to give up for him.  Neal and Richards for Kelly and Heatley + would spark my interest for sure.  As much as I like Neal and Richards, I don't think Brad will be around much longer and I think Heater obviously would add some nice scoring punch.  At the end of the day I don't see it happening.  I would be suprised if the attitude that Dany Heatley shows is something that Nieuwendyk would appreciate.

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