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NHL Entry Draft Up Next For Stars

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars


Annual Event Held Friday and Saturday in Ottawa; Stars Hold Pick #59

FRISCO, Tex. – The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will be held this Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. This year, the Stars have the 59th overall selection in the second round as their first pick, which represents the 12th consecutive year that Dallas has drafted 25th or lower with the team’s first selection. Notable second round selections for the Stars have been defenseman Nicklas Grossman in 2004 (56th overall), left wing Loui Eriksson in 2003 (33rd), defenseman Trevor Daley in 2002 (43rd), and Jamie Langenbrunner in 1993 (35th). This marks the fifth year since 1998 that the Stars did not hold a first round selection (also 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2007). Dallas traded its first round selection to Los Angeles as part of the Mattias Norstrom trade on February 27, 2007.

The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft will be held on Friday, June 20, with coverage on VERSUS, beginning at 6 PM (Central Time). Rounds Two through Seven will be held on Saturday, with coverage on the NHL Network and (video stream). Teams will select in the following order in the first round:

1. Tampa Bay 16. Boston
2. Los Angeles 17. Calgary
3. Atlanta 18. Ottawa
4. St. Louis 19. Columbus (from Colorado)
5. NY Islanders 20. NY Rangers
6. Columbus 21. New Jersey
7. Toronto 22. Edmonton (from Anaheim)
8. Phoenix 23. Washington
9. Nashville (from Florida) 24. Minnesota
10. Vancouver 25. Montreal
11. Chicago 26. Buffalo (from San Jose)
12. Anaheim (from Edmonton) 27. Philadelphia
13. Buffalo 28. Los Angeles (from Dallas)
14. Carolina 29. Atlanta (from Pittsburgh)
15. Nashville 30. Detroit

The Stars have five picks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to the second round selection (59th overall), Dallas has the 89th overall pick in round three, the 149th overall pick in round five, the 176th overall pick in round six, and the 209th overall pick in round seven.

In past years, the Dallas Stars have been successful in the Entry Draft. Here is rundown of the current players in the organization taken by the Stars:


Matt Niskanen, first round (28th overall)…made NHL debut last season, playing in 78 games with 7-19-26 points…among NHL rookie defensemen, ranked first in +/- (+22), third in goals (7), and fourth in assists (19) and in points (26)…played on the 2008 Western Conference YoungStars team at the All-Star Game

Mark Fistric, first round (28th overall)…made NHL debut last season, playing in 37 games with 0-2-2 points (24 penalty minutes)…added nine games of playoff experience, going scoreless…also played in 30 games with Iowa (AHL), with 1-4-5 points with 48 penalty minutes.

Nicklas Grossman, second round (56th overall)…appeared in his second NHL season last year, playing in 62 games with 0-7-7 points…played in 18 playoff games, scoring his first NHL goal in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals vs. Detroit…Stars are 43-22-5 over last two season when he is in the lineup.


Loui Eriksson, second round (33rd overall)…appeared in his second NHL season last year, scoring career-highs in goals, assists and points (14-17-31)…added 4-4-8 points in 18 playoff games…has 20-30-50 points in 128 career games.

B.J. Crombeen, second round (54th overall)…made his NHL debut last season, appearing in eight games for the Stars (0-2-2 points)…added five games of playoff experience (scoreless)…played 65 games in Iowa (AHL), scoring 14-14-28 points with a team-high 158 penalty minutes.

Trevor Daley, second round (43rd overall)…was one of five players to play in all 82 games for the Stars last season (5-19-24 points)…also played in all 18 playoff games (1-0-1 point)…has appeared in 264 NHL games, scoring 13-43-56 points…signed a three-year contract extension worth $6.9 million in May.


Steve Ott, first round (25th overall)…appeared in 73 games for Dallas last season, earning a career-high in goals with 11 (11-11-22 points w 147 penalty minutes)…also played in all 18 playoff games for Dallas (2-1-3 points)…led the team in face-off percentage (58.8%).

Joel Lundqvist, third round (68th overall)…played in 55 games for the Stars, scoring 3-11-14 points with 22 penalty minutes)…added 18 playoff games (2-5-7 points), averaging 14:06 of icetime.

Dan Jancevski, second round (66th overall)…played in 70 games between Iowa and Norfolk (AHL) last season, scoring 7-23-30 points…also played in two games with Dallas (scoreless)…signed to a two-year contract in June.


Brenden Morrow, first round (25th overall)…Is the only NHL player over the last two seasons with 30+ goals and 100+ penalty minutes…played in all 82 games for the Stars, scoring a career-high in goals and points (32-42-74 points w 105 penalty minutes)…led Dallas in goals, power play goals (12), hits (260), and +/- (+23).

Marty Turco, fifth round (124th overall)…Collected his fifth-straight 30+ win season last year…appeared in 62 games, going 32-21-6 with a 2.31 goals-against-average…played in all 18 playoff games for the Stars, going 10-8 with a 2.08 GAA…Stars all-time winningest goaltender (207 wins), has the most shutouts in franchise history (33), and ranks second in games played (382).


Jere Lehtinen, fourth round (88th overall)…Appeared in 48 games for the Stars last season (15-22-37 points)…ranks 10th on the team’s all-time points leaders list with 231-242-473 points in 769 games…played in 14 playoff games (4-4-8 points).

Mike Modano, first round (1st overall)…Played in all 82 games last season for the first time in his career (21-36-57 points)…the U.S. born goals and points all-time leader with 528 goals and 1283 points…was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in March…ranks first on the Stars all-time lists for goals, assists, points, games, game-winning goals, power play goals, and short-handed goals.


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