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Mock draft: Dahlin set to go No. 1 -- then it's anyone's guess

Who will be the best player available when the Stars select with the No. 13 overall pick?

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The 2018 NHL Draft is supposed to be deep, and that creates some interesting challenges when it comes to mock drafts.

Once you get past the first few picks, the boards are all over the place. That's a fun thing if you're a fan, and a scary thing if you're a team. Bottom line: teams like the Stars have to be well-prepared and simply wait out the teams ahead of them. If one team goes off the board and does something unexpected, it creates a ripple effect for all of the teams below them.

The Stars are expected to take the "best player available," so there is a chance they add to their deep group of defensive prospects. But they need a center and it looks like they could have a solid group of forwards to choose from at 13th. That could mean they just have to wait to see which forwards fall.

Here's my best guess on how that plays out:

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League announces order of selection for 2018 NHL Draft

The Stars own eight total picks for the event at American Airlines Center, including No. 13 overall

by Press Release @PR_NHL / NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 (7:30 p.m., ET/6:30 p.m., CT, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS) and the subsequent rounds (2 through 7) on Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m., ET/10 a.m., CT, NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVAS).

All networks also will feature pre-event coverage on Friday (TVAS at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, NBCSN and Sportsnet at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT).

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Stars' interview technique at combine pushes calm tone

'We want the kids to feel like they can be relaxed and just be themselves in this setting,' assistant GM says

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- They call it "the hot seat," but the chair that sat in the middle of the Stars' interview suite at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo this week was actually a pretty chill place.

While some organizations chose to push players with puzzle questions or inquiries on whether they were a dog or cat person, the Stars simply held conversations with the prospects. In assessing who they might take in the NHL Draft June 22 and 23 at American Airlines Center, the scouting staff and front office believe that a calm talk can be pretty revealing.

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'Important week' at combine offers Stars up-close look at prospects

Holding the 13th overall pick, Dallas knows it has to be prepared for anything come draft day

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Stars have had scouts watching the 2018 prospect class all season, but they still are gathering information in preparation for the NHL Draft presented by adidas, which will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center.

The Stars' amateur scouting staff is joining the front office at Key Bank Center in Buffalo this week to interview players at the NHL's Scouting Combine, and they said the process is a helpful step in getting to the draft.

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Stars announce free, all-day country music festival

Draft Fan Fest presented by Denny's will feature Chase Rice, David Nail and other local artists

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

The Dallas Stars, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced today details for the Draft Fan Fest presented by Denny's, which will feature a full day of live music, capped off after Round One of the 2018 NHL Draft™ presented by adidas with a concert by national country recording artist, Chase Rice.

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Stars take 13th pick in Draft Lottery

Buffalo wins first overall pick for the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars went into Saturday night's NHL Draft Lottery with the 13th-best odds to secure the first overall pick in this summer's NHL Draft in Dallas, and they came out of it with the 13th overall pick in the first round.

The Stars, who won the third overall pick in last year's draft lottery and selected defenseman Miro Heiskanen, had a 2.0 percent chance of landing the first overall pick this year and a 6.6 percent chance of landing a top-three pick this year. They also had an 85.5 percent chance of landing the 13thoverall pick, and that's where they ended up.

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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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