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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.

"Miro is a big, rangy guy who just doesn't make many mistakes" stated McDonnell. "He's very complete; plays a 200-foot game and makes a very smart first pass."

Below is a sample of draft bios on Heiskanen:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?cat=2&dpid=107851&sort=finalRank&year=2017

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=250075

The 6-foot-1, 172 pound native of Espoo, Finland will celebrate his 18th birthday on July 18th.

The Stars currently possess the 29th pick of the first round, which will take place later tonight, and six picks tomorrow: one in the 2nd round (39th overall), one in the third round (70th overall), one in the fourth round (101st overall), one in the fifth round (132nd overall), one in the sixth round (163rd overall) and one in the seventh round (194th overall).

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