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Who will Stars choose with first-round pick at NHL Draft?

A look at six prospects that could be available for Dallas with the 18th overall selection

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will look to restock the prospect pool when they head to Vancouver later this week for the 2019 NHL Draft. The Stars have four picks in this year's draft including the 18th overall selection in the first round.

The Stars' other picks are in the fourth round (111th), fifth round (142nd), and sixth round (173rd). The Stars have only four picks this year because they used some of their selections to acquire players this past season. The second-round pick went to the New York Rangers in the Mats Zuccarello deal, the third-round pick went to New Jersey for Ben Lovejoy, and the seventh-round pick was dealt to Toronto for Connor Carrick.

 

[WHO WILL BE NEXT?: Follow every pick as it happens at 2019 Stars Draft Central beginning with Round 1 on Friday]

 

Whether the Stars make moves to acquire more picks, include a trade to move down, is always an option, but for now, they have four picks, and the focus will be on that first rounder.

Only the Stars know which players they could target with that pick. They have their list, as does every other team in the NHL. There is no master ranking all the teams use.  

With that said, here are some prospects who could be available around the time of the 18th overall pick in this year's NHL Draft.

 

Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)

The playmaking center led Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 75 points (25 goals, 50 assists) in 65 games. The Ontario native, who is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and shoots left, is described as an excellent skater and passer. OHL coaches voted Suzuki the best playmaker, second-smartest player, and second-best stickhandler in the league's Eastern Conference.

His draft stock dropped over the course of the season as he struggled a bit on a Barrie team that finished next to last in its conference. Central Scouting ranks Suzuki 18th among North American skaters after having him 10th at midseason. The Hockey News ranks him 17th among all prospects in the draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie places him 20th, International Scouting Services has him 21st and Red Line Report puts him 28th.

He's the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki, who went 13th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

 

Cam York, D, USA Under-18 (NTDP)

The offensive defenseman tallied 65 points (14 goals, 51 assists) in 63 games with USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 team, ranking first among defensemen and fifth among all players.

York's 65 points in 2018-19 set a single-season mark by a defenseman in USNTDP history. During a USHL game in January, he became the first NTDP player to notch seven points in a game when he recorded three goals and four assists against Youngstown.

The California native, who is 5-foot-11, 172 pounds and shoots left, is described by scouts as an excellent puck mover with outstanding offensive instincts. Scouts are mixed on his defensive game. York has committed to play at the University of Michigan.

Central Scouting ranks York 12th among North American skaters. International Scouting ranks York 12th among all prospects, The Hockey News has him 16th, TSN's Bob McKenzie places him 18th, and Red Line Report puts him 23rd.

 

Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)

The speedy center led the British Columbia Hockey League in scoring with 102 points (38 goals, 64 assists) in 53 games for the Victoria Grizzlies. Newhook became the first BCHL player to tally 100 points in a season since Tyler Bozak recorded 111 in 2006-07. Newhook co-led Canada in scoring at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship, tallying 10 points (five goals, five assists) in seven games.

The native of Newfoundland, who is 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, was the BCHL's Most Valuable Player. Newhook has excellent speed, great hands, and outstanding hockey smarts, according to the various scouting reports. He has committed to play at Boston College. Central Scouting ranks Newhook 13th among North American skaters.

Both TSN's Bob McKenzie and International Scouting place him 13th among all prospects, The Hockey News ranks him 15th and Red Line Report has him 20th.

 

Philip Tomasino, C, Niagara (OHL)

The strong-skating center tallied 72 points (34 goals, 28 assists) in 67 games with Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League. Tomasino came on strong over the second half of the season despite being pushed down the lineup as Niagara made some big player acquisitions, including Dallas prospect Jason Robertson.

Tomasino's 72 points were a 44-point improvement over his OHL rookie season in 2017-18.

The Ontario native is listed at 6-feet, 183 pounds and shoots right. Scouts describe him as a strong skater with good speed and a good all-around player who does a lot of things well.

Central Scouting has Tomasino ranked 14th among North American skaters, up from 24th in the midseason rankings. International Scouting ranks him 18th among all prospects, TSN's Bob McKenzie and Red Line Report both have him 22nd and The Hockey News puts him 41st.

 

Raphael Lavoie, C/RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

The big winger set career highs in goals (32), assists (41), and points (73) in 62 games with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lavoie led the QMJHL playoffs in goals (20) and ranked second in points (32) in 23 games as Halifax advanced to the league championship series. He was awarded the QMJHL's Mike Bossy Trophy as the league's top professional prospect.

The Quebec native, who is 6-foot-4, 199 pounds and shoots right, is a skilled scorer who is good at getting into open areas and getting his shot off quickly. Central Scouting ranks Lavoie 20th among North American skaters.

The Hockey News ranks him 14th among all prospects, International Scouting has him 15th, Red Line Report places him 16th and TSN's Bob McKenzie ranks him 19th.

 

Moritz Seider, D, Mannheim (DEL)

The big, mobile defenseman was the Rookie of the Year in Germany's top league in 2018-19 after recording six points (two goals, four assists) in 29 regular season games. He added five assists in 14 playoff games as Mannheim won the league championship. Seider had a nice showing at the 2019 World Championship in Slovakia, scoring two goals in five games for Germany.

Seider is listed at 6-foot-3, 208 pounds and shoots right. Scouts like his size, mobility, poise and solid defending. Central Scouting has Seider ranked sixth among European skaters.

TSN's Bob McKenzie places him 16th among all prospects, Red Line Report and International Scouting both rank him 17th and The Hockey News puts him 22nd.


 

2019 NHL Draft, Round 1

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.
When: Friday, 7 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSN

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski has covered the Stars for DallasStars.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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