Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell selected left wing Riley Tufte with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft held at First Niagara Center. Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff made the announcement at the Draft.
Tufte, 18, played for both Blaine High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and for the Fargo Force of the USHL during 2015-16. With Blaine, he posted 78 points (47-31=78) in 25 games played and was named "Mr. Hockey" for the state of Minnesota.
At the USHL level, he appeared in 27 games and recorded 14 points (4-10=14) as his 10 goals were tied for fifth on the team. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Coon Rapids, Minnesota represented the United States at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
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Tufte is committed to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall of 2016.
The Stars currently possess five picks for day two of the NHL Draft tomorrow: one in the 3rd round (90th, from SJ), one in the 4th round (116th), two in the 5th round (128th from ARI and 146th) and one in the 6th round (176th).