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Lucky 13? Five players Stars could take in first round

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika looks at a few names that might be available for host Dallas to open the Draft

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Drafting 13th overall is a challenge. It's certainly better than drafting 20th, but you still have to wait for a lot of stuff to shake out before you get your guy.

That's especially true this year, as the order of many mock drafts are changing daily and players who were predicted to go after 13th in earlier mocks now are going before -- some significantly before. That means the Stars have to be prepared.

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Mock draft: Dahlin set to go No. 1 -- then it's anyone's guess

Who will be the best player available when the Stars select with the No. 13 overall pick?

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The 2018 NHL Draft is supposed to be deep, and that creates some interesting challenges when it comes to mock drafts.

Once you get past the first few picks, the boards are all over the place. That's a fun thing if you're a fan, and a scary thing if you're a team. Bottom line: teams like the Stars have to be well-prepared and simply wait out the teams ahead of them. If one team goes off the board and does something unexpected, it creates a ripple effect for all of the teams below them.

The Stars are expected to take the "best player available," so there is a chance they add to their deep group of defensive prospects. But they need a center and it looks like they could have a solid group of forwards to choose from at 13th. That could mean they just have to wait to see which forwards fall.

Here's my best guess on how that plays out:

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League announces order of selection for 2018 NHL Draft

The Stars own eight total picks for the event at American Airlines Center, including No. 13 overall

by Press Release @PR_NHL / NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 (7:30 p.m., ET/6:30 p.m., CT, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS) and the subsequent rounds (2 through 7) on Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m., ET/10 a.m., CT, NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVAS).

All networks also will feature pre-event coverage on Friday (TVAS at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, NBCSN and Sportsnet at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT).

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Heika: With positives to build on, Stars have chance to come full circle

To look forward through encouraging eyes, there's a possibility this is all leading to something pretty special

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

I spent the week at a family gathering in Michigan where we had a memorial service for my mom and a graduation party for my niece and nephew, so there were a lot of "circle of life" moments.

At one point, we were watching a slide show where there were wedding pictures of my mom and sister side by side, and someone said words to the effect of: To think, so much of this sprang from those four people. And when you looked around the room at all of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it was a pretty neat moment.

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Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars' impressive run ends in Game 7 loss

Toronto cruises past Texas 6-1 in the deciding game to win the AHL championship series

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars had a great run in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs -- a run that took them all the way to Game 7 of the championship series against the Toronto Marlies, the top team in the league.

But the run ended in disappointment Thursday as the Marlies won Game 7 and the Calder Cup with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Stars at Ricoh Coliseum.

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Stars announce 2018-19 preseason schedule

Dallas will play seven exhibition contests, including three home games at American Airlines Center

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

The Dallas Stars announced today the club's 2018-19 preseason schedule. The Stars will play a total of seven preseason contests, including three games at American Airlines Center, three road contests against Central Division rivals and a neutral site game against the Florida Panthers. The club will open the preseason schedule at home on Tuesday, Sept. 18 against the St. Louis Blues. Click here to purchase preseason tickets.

The Stars will conduct training camp from Sept. 14 - 16 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, home to the Idaho Steelheads, who serve as the team's development affiliate in the ECHL. This marks the first time that Dallas will hold its training camp in Idaho. A complete training camp practice schedule will be posted on DallasStars.com at a later date.

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Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars defeat Toronto, force Game 7

McKenna stops 43 shots as five different Texas players score in a 5-2 victory

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went to Toronto with one goal: Get the Calder Cup Finals to a seventh and deciding game.

Mission accomplished.

Mike McKenna stopped 43 shots, and five different Texas players scored goals as the Stars defeated the Toronto Marlies, 5-2, Tuesday night at Ricoh Coliseum, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 Thursday night in Toronto.

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Stars announce 2018 Development Camp roster, schedule

The five-day event featuring 27 players will be held June 25-29 at StarCenter Frisco

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

The Dallas Stars announced today the tentative roster and schedule for the club's 2018 Development Camp. At this time, the camp features 27 players, including 16 forwards, seven defensemen and four goaltenders.

The team's draft selections from the 2018 NHL Draft, which is being held this year at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas from June 22 - 23, are scheduled to be in attendance.

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Calder Cup Finals: Marlies blow by Texas, take 3-2 series lead

Toronto strikes for two quick goals early on its way to a 6-2 romp over Dallas' AHL affiliate in Game 5

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The Texas Stars have their backs against the wall in the Calder Cup Finals after stumbling in a crucial Game 5 on Saturday night in Cedar Park and falling, 6-2, to the Toronto Marlies.

The Marlies lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, and with the series now shifting to Toronto, the Stars will need to win two straight on the road to bring home the Calder Cup.

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'Dynamite' rookie Hintz's impact on Stars shows future is bright

The 'NHL ready' 21-year-old forward continues to shine during the Texas Stars' Calder Cup run

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Derek Laxdal likes to call Roope Hintz "a moment player."

"He has moments," the Texas Stars coach said of his rookie forward.

The more this AHL playoff run stretches on, the more chances for the "moments" Hintz is getting. And that's a good sign for the 21-year-old, who was drafted in the second round (49th overall) by the Stars in 2015.

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