Dallas Stars 2000 Draft Preview

By pbadmin

Drafting Trends:

-Like to select two-way forwards, hulking defenseman, players from the WHL, and recently forwards with plus skating ability.

-Since the Stars have been in Dallas they have not selected a goaltender in the first two rounds, and almost never select Slovakian, Czech, or QMJHL players.

System Needs:

-Goal scoring forwards with size and speed

-Offensive defensemen

-Goaltending depth

Picks held: (as of 6/16/00)

#25, #55, #62 (from Min.), #85, #115, #145, #175, #205, #245, #275

What to expect in this year’s draft:

First four picks
-At least two versatile forwards, with each having plus speed.

-Maybe one goaltender, and at least one defenseman.

-Look for one or more “reaches” by the Stars, as a weak draft and vastly varying opinions could make for some interesting picks.

Late Round Picks

-Look for at least one player 20 or older to be selected.

-Look for a majority of Europeans to be selected here, as they are a
better value late.

-Will select a goaltender here if they pass on one in the earlier rounds.

Potential Trades

-They have traded out of the first round the last two years, and they might again, but anticipate them making a selection this year.

-Could conceivably put together a package of picks and/or players to obtain a veteran goal-scorer on draft day.

Possible picks at #25:

Brian Sutherby-C 6-2 180lbs

More of a checker than a scorer, so he fits the traditional Dallas mold.
Does have good speed, and has some decent upside, so he is seen as being a
very safe and unspectacular prospect. Should be there for Dallas at #25, but
very well could be there at #55 too.

Justin Williams-RW 6-0 175lbs

Has seen his stock rise due to speed, passion, and offensive upside, and
while he is a little small, he does have decent enough size. He also
stepped up in the playoffs, while maintaining a very nice defensive game
at the same time. Would make for a very nice pick at #25, but he may not be
there that late.

Tero Maata-D 6-1 205lbs

Tero is super solid in all phases but skating, and he’s average at that.
Hardly ever gets caught out of position, has plus hockey sense, and does
play with grit. Would be a reach in the first round, but would be a very nice
selection at #62.

Brent Krahn-G 6-4 200lbs

Should go early in the draft, and shouldn’t even come close to the 20th
overall pick. Would provide quality depth in a very thin position, but
he is unlikely to be chosen by Dallas in this slot.

Jarret Stoll-C 6-0 199lbs

Has the physical gifts to be a nice offensive talent, and does play with
tenacity. Should he improve defensively, Jarret could become a true
overall talent. Looks to be a possible #20-#24 selection, but he could slide some.

If they want to make a move down,
this might just be the year to do so, as there are many players very similar in talent and potential.