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DALLAS STARS 2011 DRAFT PREVIEW

Posted By Travis Currie On Jun 24 2011 @ 2:44 am In Dallas Stars | No Comments

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is less than 24 hours away and Joe Nieuwendyk and crew are set to announce the next Dallas Star with the 14th overall pick.

This year’s crop is much like last year’s. With the top two or three picks being pretty much the same on everyone’s list, and a bunch of players that could go in almost any order after that.

Even at pick number 14, the Stars could end up with a very good player. Who’s left at pick number 14 will depend on how the teams ahead of them decide to pick. Whether draft by position, or simply who they feel is the best player available. And in this year’s draft, that’s very debatable.

Nathan Beaulieu from the Saint John Sea Dogs is my personal choice. He’s a defenseman that patterns his game after Drew Doughty and was a 2011 Memorial Cup All-Star. He’s a mobile defenseman who’s been improving in his own end and jumps into the play very well. At 6″2 and 175 lbs, he’s not exactly a pushover once he adds a little more size. And there’s nothing wrong with stocking the cupboards with a good defensive prospect. Highly respected scout Mark Bodnar also strongly suggests that the Dallas Stars should be targetting Beaulieu. The last time the Stars selected a defenseman with their first round pick, they chose Russian Ivan Vishnevskiy out of the QMJHL. Could be time to try again.

There has also been talks that the Stars could move the pick to trade down, going for quantity in the draft and believing that there’s depth after the top 10 picks and well beyond number 14.

Here’s a list of notable 14th overall picks in the NHL Entry Draft since the expansion of 1967:

Terry O’Reilly – Boston Bruins -1971

Rick Middleton – New York Rangers -1973

Brian Propp – Philadelphia Flyers -1979

Calle Johansson – Buffalo Sabres -1985

Sergei Gonchar – Washington Capitals -1992

Adam Deadmarsh – Colorado Avalanche -1993

And here’s a look at the past fifteen drafts, comparing the 4th, 14th, and 24th picks from each year. It shows that it’s really a crap shoot. In lots of cases, it’s not necessarily better to trade up, and in some cases, trading down isn’t a bad idea. It’s all about doing your homework, developing properly, and running into a little luck as well.

2010

  • 4th.   Ryan Johansen – Blue Jackets
  • 14th. Jaden Schwartz – Blues
  • 24th. Kevin Hayes – Blackhawks

2009

  • 4th.  Evander Kane – Thrashers
  • 14th.Dmitri Kulikov – Panthers
  • 24th Marcus Johansson – Capitals

2008

  • 4th.   Alex Pietrangelo – Blues
  • 14th. Zach Boychuk – Hurricanes
  • 24th. Mattias Tedenby – Devils

2007

  • 4th.  Thomas Hickey – Kings
  • 14th. Kevin Shattenkirk – Avalanche
  • 24th. Michael Backlund – Flames

2006

  • 4th.  Nicklas Backstrom – Capitals
  • 14th. Michael Grabner – Canucks
  • 24th. Dennis Persson – Sabres

2005

  • 4th. Benoit Pouliot – Wild
  • 14th. Sasha Pokulok – Capitals
  • 24th. T.J. Oshie – Blues

2004

  • 4th. Andrew Ladd – Hurricanes
  • 14th. Devan Dubnyk – Oilers
  • 24th. Chris Chucko – Flames

2003

  • 4th. Nikolai Zherdev – Blue Jackets
  • 14th. Brent Seabrook – Blackhawks
  • 24th. Mike Richards – Flyers

2002

  • 4th. Joni Pitkanen – Flyers
  • 14th. Chris Higgins – Canadiens
  • 24th. Alex Steen – Maple Leafs

2001

  • 4th. Stephen Weiss – Panthers
  • 14th. Chuck Kobasew – Flames
  • 24th. Lukas Krajicek – Panthers

2000

  • 4th. Rostislav Klesla – Blue Jackets
  • 14th. Vaclav Nedorost – Avalanche
  • 24th. Brad Boyes – Maple Leafs

1999

  • 4th. Pavel Brendl – Rangers
  • 14th. Jeff Jilson – Sharks
  • 24th. Luca Cereda – Maple Leafs

1998

  • 4th. Bryan Allen – Canucks
  • 14th. Patrick DesRochers – Coyotes
  • 24. Christian Backman – Blues

1997

  • 4th. Roberto Luongo – Islanders
  • 14th. Michel Riesen – Oilers
  • 24th. J.F. Damphousse – Devils

1996

  • 4th. Alexander Volchkov – Capitals
  • 14th. Marty Reasoner – Blues
  • 24th. Daniel Briere – Coyotes

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