Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill selected nine players in the 2013 NHL Draft held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Valeri Nichushkin - Right Wing (First Round, 10th Overall)
During the 2012-13 season, Nichushkin appeared in 18 games with Chelyabinsk (KHL) recording six points (4G-2A) and a +6 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 25 playoff games for the club and notched nine points (6G-3A), reaching the KHL finals where they fell to Dynamo Moscow. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, represented his home country at the 2013 World Junior Championship and finished with two points (1A-1G) in six games. He scored the game-winning goal in the bronze medal game against Canada.
Nichushkin recorded seven points (4G-3A) in six games at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, notching nine points (5G-4A) to finish second on the team and fifth overall in tournament scoring.
Jason Dickinson - Center (First Round, 29th Overall)
Dickinson appeared in 66 games for Guelph (OHL) during the 2012-13 season and recorded 47 points (18G-29A), leading the team with a +19 rating. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound native of Georgetown, Ontario skated in three games for Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Under-18 World Championships, recording one point before having his tournament cut short due to injury. During the 2011-12 campaign, he posted 35 points (13G-22A) in 63 games with Guelph and was named to the OHL's Second All-Team, closing the season with 31 points in his final 42 games.
Remi Elie - Left Wing (Second Round, 40th Overall)
During the 2012-13 season, Elie appeared in 65 games for London (OHL) recording 17 points (7G-10A) with 34 penalty minutes. During the 2013 OHL Playoffs, he recorded eight points (4G-4A) in 21 games and helped the Knights reach the Memorial Cup. The 6-foot-0, 203-pound native of Cornwall, Ontario, skated with Hawkesbury (CCHL) in 2011-12, skating in 59 games with 46 points (21G-25A).
Philippe Desrosiers - Goaltender (Second Round, 54th Overall)
Desrosiers backstopped Rimouski (QMJHL) in 43 games with a 22-8-5 record in 2012-13, posting a .900 save percentage (SV%) and a 3.07 goals against average (GAA). He appeared in four games during the QMJHL Playoffs with a 2-2 record with an .892 SV% and a 2.26 GAA. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound native of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, posted a perfect record (5-0) at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championship helping lead Team Canada to the gold medal. Desrosiers finished the tournament with a .970 SV% and 0.80 GAA, including a 33-save performance against the United States in the gold medal game.
Nicklas Hansson - Defenseman (Third Round, 68th Overall)
Hansson, 26, played junior hockey last season in Sweden, appearing in 39 games for Rogle (SEL), recording 23 points (3G-20A) with 47 penalty minutes and a +26 rating. The 6-foot, 163-pound defenseman from Helsingborg, Sweden, split time in the 2012-13 campaign between four levels of the Rogle club, tallying a total of 29 points (6G-23A) in 55 games.
Nicholas Paul - Left Wing (Fourth Round, 101st Overall)
Paul appeared in 66 games during the 2012-13 campaign for Brampton (OHL), recording 28 points (12G-16A) with 21 penalty minutes. During the 2013 OHL Playoffs, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound forward from Mississauga, Ontario, notched one assist in five games. Paul tallied seven multi-point games during the 2012-13 regular season, including a hat trick against Mississauga on Dec. 31. In the 2011-12 season, Paul skated in nine games for Mississauga (OJHL) and posted five points (3G-2A).
Cole Ully - Left Wing (Fifth Round, 131st Overall)
Ully finished the 2012-13 season ranked fifth on the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) with 50 points (22G-28A) in 62 regular season games. He finished the season a +27 rating, also good for fifth on the team. During the 2013 WHL Playoffs, Ully notched eight points (1G-7A) with four penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 164-pound forward played the last three seasons for the Blazers, compiling 71 points (31G-40A) with a +34 rating in 118 total games. Ully, a native of Calgary, Alberta, has appeared in 21 career WHL playoff games with 10 points (2G-8A) and six penalty minutes.
Matej Paulovic - Left Wing (Fifth Round, 149th Overall)
Paulovic played junior hockey last season in Sweden, skating in 34 games in 2012-13 for Farjestad Jr. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound forward from Slovakia registered 17 points (6G-12A) in 34 games with Farjestad Jr. He split time between three levels of the Farjestad club in 2012-13, notching 24 points (8G-16A) in 42 total contests. He also represented the Slovakian U-18 team, recording four points (1G-3A) in nine games.
Aleksi Makela - Defenseman (Seventh Round, 182nd Overall)
Makela appeared in seven contests with Ilves (SM-liiga), recording two points (1G-1A) in 2012-13. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound blueliner appeared in three levels for the Ilves club, tallying 28 points (9G-19A) in 52 total contests. He spent the majority of the season with the club's U-20 team, picking up 17 points (8G-9A) in 37 games. Makela was ranked 96th amongst European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.