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Skill over size: Stars' 2020 draft class could be one to remember

If this year's selections pan out, Dallas' offense could be a lot of fun going forward

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

If the Stars' 2020 draft pans out the way it's supposed to, the team could be a lot of fun going forward.

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Stars make five selections in 2020 NHL Draft

Headlined by first-round pick Bourque, Dallas adds four forwards and one goaltender to its prospect pipeline

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell concluded the 2020 NHL Draft by selecting four players on Wednesday. Below is a review of all five of the selections from the two-day draft.

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Bourque far from a finished product, but Stars see 'big point producer'

McDonnell touts the center's high hockey IQ, competitiveness as reasons why Dallas selected him at No. 30 overall

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars have been able to pick a bit higher than 30th in recent years (as they did Tuesday in the first round of the NHL Draft), so they definitely have to temper expectations for first-round pick Mavrik Bourque.

Just not too much.

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Stars select center Mavrik Bourque with 30th pick in 2020 NHL Draft

The 18-year-old finished tied for the team lead with 71 points for Shawinigan of the QMJHL in 2019-20

by Press Release @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell selected center Mavrik Bourque with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft. The selection was made by Dallas Stars Assistant General Manager and Texas Stars General Manager Scott White from Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.

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How to watch 2020 NHL Draft: Time, TV, first-round order, Stars picks

The all-virtual draft begins on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT on NBCSN; Dallas owns No. 30 overall pick

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

Everything you need to know for the 2020 NHL Draft:

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2020 NHL Draft: Five prospects who could fall to Stars at pick No. 30

With the COVID-19 pandemic turning this year's draft virtual, Dallas' scouting staff says they must be ready for anything

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Like everyone else, the Stars' scouting staff is dealing with a different kind of world in 2020.

As they prepare for the NHL's draft Tuesday and Wednesday, they are not traveling to a central site and sitting around the same table. Instead, they are set up in their homes and communicating on Microsoft Teams. Instead of watching tournaments or interviewing potential draft picks in person, they are watching hours of digital footage and scouring reports from earlier in the season.

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2020 NHL Draft: Impact of recent picks already felt in Stars' lineup

From Heiskanen to Harley, Dallas has taken several players who should shape a major part of the team's future core

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

As a longtime scout and director of player personnel for the Detroit Red Wings, Jim Nill understands a thing or two about the importance of the NHL draft.

Nill helped Detroit load up on players like Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and was a part of an organization that won four Stanley Cups. He has brought a similar mindset to the Stars since becoming the team's general manager in 2013, and there's a chance the team really starts seeing the impact of that philosophy going forward.

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Small haul, but Stars 'happy' with picks to end Draft

Dallas adds long-term assets on Day 2 that should mix well with its previous acquisitions

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Stars had a quiet day Saturday at the NHL Entry Draft. Yet, they got done what they wanted to do.

Left with just three picks in six rounds because of previous trades, Dallas collected two more defensemen and a winger, and selected the players they said they wanted.

"We're happy," said Stars general manager Jim Nill. "We knew we didn't have a lot of picks going in, but we thought the scouts did a great job with what we had. We love our first-round pick, and I thought who we picked from the fourth round down, we did a good job."

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Get to know Stars' selections at 2019 NHL Draft

Learn more about the four picks that make up Dallas' newest crop of prospects

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Director of Amateur Scouting Joe McDonnell concluded the 2019 NHL Draft held at Rogers Arena by selecting three players on Saturday.

Below is a review of all four of the selections from the two-day draft.

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Nill says Zuccarello will explore free-agent market

The Stars GM says while discussions continue, the winger's decision allows both sides to 'see what else is out there'

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The free-agent dance between the Stars and Mats Zuccarello will continue past July 1, Dallas general manager Jim Nill said Friday, with both sides potentially studying new partners.

Nill has had several discussions with the camp for the 31-year-old winger, who was acquired in trade from the New York Rangers on Feb. 24

"We've talked a little bit with his agent, but he wants to test the free-agent market and he's got that right," Nill said Friday at the NHL Draft. "So they going to look into the market and see what else is out there and then we will swing back and see where he's at.

"We've got an interview period that starts Sunday, so we'll start talking to other people and he'll do the same thing and we'll see where things go."

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