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Dallas lands 2018 NHL Draft

The draft coming to American Airlines Center next June is a testament to the success of the Stars

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Southlake's Jace Foskey has been a Dallas Stars fan since he can remember, attending games with his family at American Airlines Center. Next June, the 17-year-old Foskey hopes to be at American Airlines Center again. This time as a draft eligible defenseman when the 2018 NHL Draft comes to Dallas.

"Having the draft here is going to be great for Dallas, getting the exposure and hopefully to increase hockey in Texas," said Foskey. "And having the possibility of being drafted in the hometown is unimaginable."

Foskey plays for Tri-City in the USHL and has committed to play college hockey at Harvard. He and forward Ryan O'Reilly, who is also from Southlake and will be draft eligible next summer, were on hand Saturday night at Reunion Arena Park when the NHL, City of Dallas, and Stars announced the draft coming to Dallas next June 22-23. Both young players, who grew up playing hockey in the DFW area, are proof of how much hockey has grown since the Stars arrived in Dallas in 1993.

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Dallas Stars to Host 2018 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas, TX - The Dallas Stars™ will host the 2018 NHL Draft™ at American Airlines Center, the National Hockey League, Stars and City of Dallas announced today. The 2018 event will mark the first time the Stars and the City of Dallas will host the NHL Draft. The Dallas Stars franchise will celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary during the upcoming 2017-18 season, and will host special events throughout the year to commemorate the Club's milestone.

The 2018 NHL Draft™ will be held over two days - Friday, June 22 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 23 (Rounds 2-7). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

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Switching Gears

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB / DallasStars.com

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - If the National Hockey League draft is the foundation on which the Dallas Stars - and every other team for that matter - will be built then it's time for GM Jim Nill to get to work on the back porch and maybe the woodshed.

After selecting a potential franchise defenseman in Miro Heiskanen with the third overall pick Friday night and following it up with six other picks through the end of Saturday's seventh round, Nill and his pro scouting staff will move almost immediately into free agency mode.

The interview process that allows teams to talk to potential unrestricted free agents ahead of July 1 begins Sunday. Among those that Nill will be talking to will be some familiar names Ales Hemsky and Patrick Sharp.

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Stars go heavy on forwards on day two of draft

Stars take four forwards and one goalie, get a goal scorer in left wing Jason Robertson with second-round pick

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars wrapped up the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago by making five picks Saturday, leaning heavily towards forwards.

After taking high-end defenseman Miro Heiskanen and highly regarded goaltender Jake Oettinger in Friday's first round of the draft, the Stars selected four forwards and one goaltender with their picks on Saturday. There was no grand play with the high number of forwards taken on Saturday. 

"That's just how it works out," said Joe McDonnell, Stars director of amateur scouting. "We're not drafting by position at that point. We are getting what our area guys are thinking, what they like, who they are real strong on."

Overall, it was a good weekend for the Stars. They got Heiskanen, the guy who No. 1 on their draft list. They picked up Oettinger, the goaltender they had ranked highest. Then in the second round (39th overall), they picked up a player they had projected to go in the first round - Jason Robertson, a left wing who scored 42 goals in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

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Dallas Stars conclude day two of the 2017 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

CHICAGO, Illinois - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell concluded the 2017 NHL Draft held at United Center by selecting five players on Saturday. Below is a review of all seven of the selections from the two-day draft.

Miro Heiskanen - Defenseman (First Round, Third Overall)

Heiskanen, 17, played for HIFK of the Finnish Elite League in 2016-17, compiling 10 points (5-5=10) in 37 regular-season games, and three points (0-3=3) in eight playoff contests. He also represented Finland at both the 2017 U-20 World Junior Championship and the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championship.

The 6-foot-1, 172-pound native of Espoo, Finland recorded one assist in six games at the U-20 World Junior Championship. At the 2017 U-18 World Championship, he registered twelve points (2-10=12) in seven games as Finland captured the silver medal. Heiskanen earned best defenseman honors and was named to the tournament all-star team after leading all skaters in assists and all defensemen in points.

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2017 NHL Draft Photos

by Dallas Stars Staff / DallasStars.com

The Dallas Stars selected seven prospects at this year's NHL Draft, including top defenseman Miro Heiskanen and top goaltender Jake Oettinger. Here's a look at some of the weekend's best moments at the United Center. 

With their third overall selection, the Stars selected defenseman Miro Heiskanen. 

Heiskanen poses with Nico Hischier (first overall pick) and Nolan Patrick (second overall pick).

The 17-year-old defenseman played with fellow Stars prospect Roope Hintz for HIFK in Finland last season.

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Stars trade up to draft goaltender Jake Oettinger

Stars jump to 26th overall to grab big netminder from Boston University

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars got the top player on their draft list when they selected defenseman Miro Heiskanen with the third overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft in Chicago, and then they grabbed the top goalie on their list, trading up to the 26th overall pick to grab Jake Oettinger from Boston University.

When the Stars-Blackhawks trade was announced, Oettinger had a sense he was heading to Dallas.

"I thought maybe a little bit that trade was for me," Oettinger said. "It's just so cool to have a team trade up to take you."

The Stars traded the 29th overall pick and the 70th overall pick to Chicago to move up to the 26th spot to take Oettinger. The Stars gave up a pick in a later round to get a player they wanted and were afraid might not be available at the 29th spot.

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A Look at Miro

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB / DallasStars.com

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - There will be plenty of time for the pressure and the expectations. Plenty of time to determine what might become of Miro Heiskanen the highest draft pick taken by the Dallas Stars since the team came to be in Texas.

Plenty of time for the third pick of the 2017 National Hockey League draft to begin the real work of proving that he can become the cornerstone defender the Stars believe he has the potential to become.

No. This night, this moment, is for sliding on his first NHL jersey, the distinctive victory green of the Stars, and donning a spiffy new Dallas Stars hat and for nervous interviews in front of a phalanx of cameras and reporters.

This night is for those memories, the kind that will shine brightly forever no matter the course Heiskanen's hockey career takes.

"Amazing feelings, yeah," the 17-year-old native of Espoo, Finland said. "Really nice team, nice talent. There's a couple guys I know, and it's really nice to be here."

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Stars Acquire 26th Overall Selection from CHI to Select Jake Oettinger

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

 

CHICAGO, Illinois - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell selected goaltender Jake Oettinger with the 26th overall selection in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft held at United Center. The Stars acquired the 26th selection from the Chicago Blackhawks for the 29th selection in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft and the 70th overall selection in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Oettinger, 18, completed his freshman season at Boston University in 2016-17 with a 21-11-3 record and four shutouts. His .927 save percentage ranked 10th in the nation and his 2.11 goals against average finished 12th. He was named as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and was also named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. He also earned a gold medal representing the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championship. 

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Stars Select Defenseman Miro Heiskanen with Third Overall Pick

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

CHICAGO, Illinois - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell selected defenseman Miro Heiskanen with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft held at United Center.     

Heiskanen, 17, played for HIFK of the Finnish Elite League in 2016-17, compiling 10 points (5-5=10) in 37 regular season games, and three points (0-3=3) in eight playoff contests. He also represented Finland at both the 2017 U-20 World Junior Championship and the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championship. 

In the U-20 World Junior Championship, he recorded one assist in six games. At the 2017 U-18 World Championship, he registered twelve points (2-10=12) in seven games as Finland captured the silver medal. Heiskanen earned best defenseman honors and was named to the tournament all-star team after leading all skaters in assists and all defensemen in points.

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