Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell announced the selection of right wing Denis Gurianov with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Gurianov, 18, spent the 2014-15 season with the HC Lada Togliatti organization, splitting it between their KHL and MHL (junior) teams. At the KHL level, he appeared in eight games, posting one assist. In the MHL, he posted 25 points (15-10=25) and 39 penalty minutes in 23 games. In the playoffs at the junior level, the left-handed right wing registered four points (3-1=4) in four games.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Togliatti, Russia represented his country at the U-18 World Junior Championship, posting seven points (6-1=7) and being named one of the Top 3 players on his team at the tournament. According to NHL.com, he compares his play to Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=98834)
Bio from Eliteprospects.com (http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=263964):
A highly skilled forward who intimidates with his speed and proficient puckhandling ability, Denis [Gurianov] may have one of the highest ceilings as a forward prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Very strong on his skates and uses his size to protect the puck well. Drives the net hard and knows where he will shoot before he is even in a position to do so. Possesses a heavy and accurate release on his shot, which he likes to get off near the faceoff dots; if he can't shoot from there, he will either dangle or bull his way through to the blue paint. While he is proactive and aware defensively, he still needs to work on consistency in his own end. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive threat that has room to grow defensively.
The Stars currently possess the following picks for day two of the NHL Draft tomorrow: 2nd round (49th, from DET), 4th round (103rd), 5th round (133rd), 6th round (163rd) and 7th round (193rd).