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2018 NHL Draft Rewind: Could Dellandrea crack Stars' roster next season?

The scrappy center has impressed Dallas scouts with his mental toughness playing for a struggling Flint team in juniors

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The 2018 NHL Draft went almost by the book for the Stars, with Dallas selecting each of its own choices through seven rounds and adding an extra pick in the fourth round.

Dallas received the 100th overall pick from Chicago as part of the Johnny Oduya trade. Other than that, the Stars held to form.

Here are their eight picks:

 

C Ty Dellandrea (Round 1, 13th overall)

Video: Stars draft F Ty Dellandrea No. 13

The Stars are very happy with this pick, and could give Dellandrea a chance to play in the NHL this season. The scrappy, two-way center has impressed Dallas scouts with his mental toughness playing for a struggling Flint team, and the Stars would love it if he could move into the AHL and take the next step.

That's not possible this season, as OHL rules state Dellandrea must play in the NHL or return to junior hockey. As it sits right now, the Stars are leaning toward giving Dellandrea an NHL tryout to start next season and then make a decision on whether or not he should stay.

Dallas can play Dellandrea in nine NHL games without "burning" the first year of his entry-level deal. If Dellandrea returns to the OHL before his 10th game, his contract slides to next season and everybody is happy. If he plays his 10th NHL game, he then will likely stay for the rest of the season.

Dellandrea, a right-handed center, had 63 points (22 goals, 41 assists) in 60 games for Flint last season and added three points (two goals, one assist) in 11 games with the Texas Stars as a late-season call-up once Flint's season was over.

The Firebirds were the second-worst team in the OHL at 16-46-6 last season, so if Dellandrea doesn't play in the NHL, the Firebirds could seek a trade for him to help stock the cupboard, possibly moving him to a key contender.

Dellandrea is scheduled to be at Stars Development Camp at Comerica Center in Frisco June 25-28.

 

RW Albin Eriksson (Round 2, 44th overall)

Video: Eriksson is ready to bring size, strength to Stars

The big winger is coming along fine for the Stars, who like what they have seen.

Eriksson (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) had nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in 44 games with Seklleftea of the Swedish Elite League. He'll return there next season. He will also be at Development Camp.

 

C Oskar Back (Round 3, 75th overall)

The left-handed center had a nice development season in Sweden's first division with Bofors. He tallied 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) and should get the chance to move up to Farjestad next season.

He will be at Development Camp.

 

LW Adam Mascherin (Round 4, 100th overall)

The Stars took a flier on an overage player here and it has worked out well. After four seasons in Kitchener, Mascherin went straight to the Texas Stars and scored 44 points in his first AHL season. The 21-year-old winger was a plus-10 and is expected to be a big part of the Texas Stars roster again next season.

He, too, will be at Development Camp.

 

F Curtis Douglas (Round 4, 106th overall)

Video: 106th pick couldn't be happier with new team, city

The massive winger (6-foot-9, 245 pounds) had a great step-up season after being drafted in the fourth round. Douglas scored 27 goals and added 26 assists for 53 points in 66 games. He also chipped in 74 penalty minutes.

He'll be going back to Windsor after appearing at Stars' Development Camp in Frisco.

 

C Riley Damiani (Round 5, 137th overall)

Video: Damiani's Dad misses draft selection

The slick center had a big year in Kitchener with 85 points (30 goals, 55 assists) in 58 games. He also played a game with the Texas Stars.

The right-handed Damiani (5-9, 165) had 37 points in 64 games the year, so he definitely establish himself as one of Kitchener's go-to guys. He'll be back in the OHL after Stars Development Camp.

 

D Dawson Barteaux (Round 6, 168th overall)

The steady defenseman continues to take steps forward with Red Deer. He had 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 67 games and will be back there next season. The 19-year-old will also be at Stars Development camp.

 

LW Jermaine Loewen (Round 7, 199th overall)

Video: Stars prospect Jermaine Loewen's unlikely journey

The big forward had a great year in Kamloops with 48 points (28 goals, 18 assists) in 59 games, but the Stars did not offer him an entry-level contract.

Loewen, who was born in Jamaica and adopted by a Canadian family, is eligible to return to the 2019 draft.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mike Heika is a Senior Staff Writer for DallasStars.com and has covered the Stars since 1994. Follow him on Twitter @MikeHeika, and listen to his podcast.

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