Originally posted on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 7/1/13
Draft day is always an interesting time, but this draft for Dallas was especially interesting, mostly due to the Valeri Nichushkin draft pick. The rest of the draft day continued to be a bit odd as the Stars took a goalie early and used most of the other draft picks on left wings. The team probably didn’t add as many centers or defensemen as fans may have hoped for, but the general consensus is that Dallas had a solid day overall. I’ll be a taking a closer look at each of the draft picks in this article and giving a look at how each will fit with the Stars.   Round 1 Pick 10 Valeri Nichushkin W – KHL Age: 18 (Born March 4, 1995) Height: 6’4” Weight: ~200 lbs Shoots: Left-handed   It’s been a day later and I still can’t quite believe that the Stars were able to pick Nichushkin. The young Russian winger was one of the clear top five talents in this draft, but the usual concerns about Russian players cropped up. There were some concerns about his NHL availability, and he somehow unbelievably dropped right into the Stars’ laps. One of the reasons why I never did a profile over him was that I never thought he would fall to Dallas. Nichushkin and Elias Lindholm were my two “man I hope they drop” guys among the top 10. Nichushkin is the definition of a power forward. He’s big, strong and plays a rough, physical game. He’s an excellent skater and can work wonders with the puck on his stick. The talent is there for this kid to be a superstar in this league. Coming into the draft there were a few doubts about whether or not he would leave the KHL, but those doubts have been quelled. Nichushkin will be with the Dallas Stars next season and should be a major contender for the Calder. I would expect him to skate mostly in a third-line role with a look now and then with the second line. There have been very few elite, instant impact picks for the Stars in their history. Nichushkin is one of them. Round 1 Pick 29 Jason Dickinson C – OHL Twitter – @jdickinson_11 Age: 17 (Born July 4, 1995) Height: 6’2” Weight: ~180 lbs Shoots – Left-handed   Dickinson was projected to be a second-round pick, so there’s no reach in taking him no. 29 in the first round. Dallas needed to add another center in the first round, and Dickinson was their man as they passed up fan target Nicolas Petan. Dickinson is extremely talented. He’s a fantastic skater, has great vision and hockey IQ and soft set of hands. Thrown in the fact that he’s also very good on the defensive end of the ice, and there’s a lot to like about the young Canadian. The biggest issue that scouts had with him was his inconsistency. He’d disappear for a stretch of games and didn’t have quite the impact someone of his talent should. His talent is undeniable though, and there’s a huge reward for Dallas in the future if Dickinson works hard at his game. If things work out for Dickinson in the future, he’ll be a top-six forward on this team and most likely be a second-line center. In terms of talent and potential, Dickinson has the highest potential of any center in the Stars prospect system, even more than Radek Faksa. It’s all about working to get that potential now.   Round 2 Pick 40 Remi Elie LW – OHL Twitter – @Remi_Elie Age: 18 (Born April, 16 1995) Height: 6’1” Weight: ~200 lbs Shoots: Left-handed   Elie was a bit of an overlooked figure among the players on a badass, championship-winning London Knights team. The big, bruising winger played a depth role with the Knights and was steady throughout the year. It’s interesting though that Dallas thought this highly of him despite Elie not getting a whole lot of time. Elie is a workhorse. He’s all-out on every shift and uses his size well in hitting anything in the opposing team’s sweater. He’s the prototypical checking line winger and one of those guys who can easily become a fan favorite. He’s an above-average skater and below-average with the puck. His shot is okay, but he hasn’t shown a consistent scoring touch just yet. He hasn’t had an opportunity though, so it could be there. It’s a very simple game for Elie. He’ll get the puck into the zone and forecheck till the sun goes down. Elie’s an interesting project pick for Dallas. He could have probably been available in the fourth or even fifth round, but Dallas obviously liked him enough to reach in the early second. He’ll play a bigger role with London as the flashier names leave the team, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops with more ice time. The next couple of years will be quiet telling as to what type of player he’ll be. As it stands now, Elie looks like a high-energy, jackrabbit-type depth player at the NHL level, somewhat similar to what Antoine Roussel brought to the team last season. Elie has a bit more offensive potential though. It’ll be four or five years before he’ll have an impact with Dallas.   Round 2 Pick 54 Philippe Desrosiers G – QMJHL Twitter – @pdesro30 Age: 17 (Born August 16, 1995) Height: 6’1” Weight: ~190 lbs Glove: Left-handed   This was a bit of an odd pick for me as the Stars already have some solid goalie depth, but it seems Desrosiers piqued their interest enough to take him late in the second round. There’s a lot to be liked about the kid though, and the more I read about him, the better I feel about this pick. Desrosiers is as agile and athletic as any goalie in the past couple of draft classes. Foot speed, agility, reflexes, puck handling, the quick glove hand, it’s all there in terms of physical tools for Desrosiers. So why wasn’t he the top option in goal for this draft? It’s because he just hasn’t quite learned to harness all of that talent just yet with consistent technique and positioning in net. He’s like a faucet that’s always on at full blast right now. Learning how to put all of his tools together and playing with control will be what he’ll need to work on for the next three or four years. Desrosiers is a fascinating pick. With Kari Lehtonen locked in the starting role for a while and Jack Campbell waiting in the wings, this looked like just a depth building pick. However, Desrosiers has the skills to be a solid, if not elite, No. 1 goalie in the future, and he may make Campbell a valuable trade chip in the next couple of years. He could easily be the goalie of the future for this team.   Round 3 Pick 68 Niklas Hansson D – Sweden (SEL) Age: 18 (Born Jan. 8, 1995) Height: 6’0” Weight: ~170 lbs Shoots: Right-handed   Ah the coveted right-shot defenseman. It’s something pretty much every Stars fan was looking for in this draft (though most were looking at Ristolainen), and Dallas picked it up in the third round. As one can tell from his bio, he’s a bit on the small side and is going to be an offensive defenseman. Offensive defenseman equals a good skater with good vision and passing but in massive need of work on the defensive side of the ice, and that’s no different here. Dallas has a bunch of these types of guys in the system already (in terms of playing style). We won’t hear much of Hansson for a while. It’ll take a good amount of time (five or six years) before there’s any chance of him making an impact with this team. If nothing else, he could be useful at the AHL level. It’s all about filling out the frame now and improving the defense.   Round 4 Pick 101 Nicholas Paul LW – OHL Age: 18 (Born March 20, 1995) Height: 6’2” Weight: ~200 lbs Shoots: Left-handed   Paul is another big, bruising left winger added in this draft (something Dallas seemed to be aiming for). He’s what you would expect out of a guy his size, but he has the nice surprise of being a solid puck handler and is excellent on the defensive side of the ice, something he should continue to excel at in the next couple of years. Paul adds some nice size and toughness to the system. If he does make it to the NHL, he’ll be no more than a depth liner. I would have personally preferred another center prospect here, but Dallas seemed keen on taking all the left wingers in this draft.   Round 5 Pick 131 Cole Ully LW – WHL Twitter: @ColeUlly Age: 18 (Born Feb. 20, 1995) Height: 5’11” Weight: ~165 lbs Shoots: Left-handed   If anyone is going to know what to expect out of a Kamloops Blazers kid, it’s Tom Gaglardi and the Stars. Ully was yet another left wing added to the system, but he plays a different style than the others drafted. Ully is on the thinner side at only around 165 lbs, but he has good height at 5’11” and should eventually fill out his frame. He’s a speedy, solid skating prospect with a nice scoring touch and underrated passing ability. If Ully can fill out his frame, this could be a nice steal for the Stars (as is usual in the fifth round), and he could be a nice depth player in the future.   Round 6 Pick 149 Matej Paulovic LW – SEL Twitter: @MPaulovic (I think. This may not be him) Age: 18 (Born Jan. 13, 1995) Height: 6’3” Weight: ~190 lbs Shoots: Right-handed   I got nothing on this kid other than that he’s another big left winger added to the squad. Dallas likes to take kids playing in the SEL and has had good luck in the past, so they must have seen something they really liked about him. They had nice success so far with another Matej (Stransky) so maybe this will work out as well. It’ll be interesting to see what he brings into prospect camp.   Round 7 Pick 182 Aleksi Makela D – Finland Age: 20 (Born March 3, 1993) Height: 5’11” Weight: ~175 lbs Shoots: Right-handed   Another right-shot defenseman added here, though who knows what to expect out of Makela. He’s one of the older guys in this draft at 20 and seems a bit on the smaller side. I wouldn’t expect too much out of him, but we’ll need a look at the prospects camp to see what his game is like.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The NCAAB power rankings

SEC begins crying foul over Jim Harbaugh’s spring break plans at Michigan

Marc Gasol reportedly out indefinitely with broken foot

Patriots waive Montee Ball despite never officially re-signing running back

Chicago White Sox: Impact of Mat Latos signing

Clippers suspend Blake Griffin four games

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

St. Louis mayor says city is moving on from NFL

Report: Hawks could entertain trading core players at deadline

Arthur Blank diagnosed with prostate cancer

Browns deny coverup of Manziel showing up drunk at practice

Jimmy Butler will miss 3-4 weeks with knee strain

Phil Jackson justifies firing Fisher with psychology lesson

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

Bring back the Dunk Contest

Michael Jordan’s rep comments on the crying meme

10 NBA teams that could be active at the trade deadline

‘The X-Files’ takes a shot at the Philadelphia 76ers

Ranking the top 50 NFL players slated to become free agents

Jay Williams advocates for pot as painkiller for athletes

Photographer uninjured in SB collision with Corey Brown

Did Messi outbid Ronaldo for most expensive car?

Newton erotic novella ‘Dabbin’ with Cam’ released on Amazon

In Inglewood, representation by NFL may come with taxation

Mets will be present for two Royals’ WS ceremonies

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker