The Dallas Stars 2000 draft consisted of ten picks, with eight of the ten being European. Dallas selected an overage prospect later in the draft. Below is a detailed look at the Stars’ 2000 draft day.
#25 Steve Ott, C
6-0 168lbs 10-19-82 Windsor (OHL)
Must gain weight to be effective in the NHL, but already has the necessary skills. Has speed, good puck control, and good passing ability, while also maintaining a distinct edge to his game. Proof of his skills lie in the fact that he led his team in scoring as a rookie, and was MVP for Team Cherry in the ’00 CHL Prospect Game.
Solid pick with good upside, and should develop into a nice two-way player
Regular Season gp-66 g-23 a-39 pts-62 pim-131
playoffs gp-12 g-3 a-5 pts-8 pim-21
Dan Ellis, G
6-0 180lbs 6-19-80 Omaha (USHL)
A butterfly goalie that played last season in the weaker USHL, and will attend college next season. Possesses good quickness, rebound control, and focus, but must translate his game to the higher levels of competition.
A reach made because of need, but his progress has been encouraging.
gp-55 w-34 l-16 t-4 so-11 gaa-2.25
Joel Lundqvist, C
6-0 182lbs 4-2-82 Vasta Frolunda Jrs. (Sweden)
He has played well in recent international tournaments, while showing
average speed, plus hockey sense, and very good hands around the net.
A very nice pick that shows good offensive upside
Regular Season gp-25 g-7 a-12 pts-19
Sweden (U-18 WJC) gp-6 g-3 a-1 pts-4 pim-2
Alexei Tereschenko, C
6-0 176lbs 12-16-80 Dynamo (Russ. Sr.)
An explosive skater that is an excellent stick-handler, and was an All-Star at the ’00 WJC. While he is a finesse player that must work on his play away from the puck, he is still a hard worker and competitor despite this shortcoming.
A flashy player that needs some work, but this was a great pick in this spot.
Regular Season gp-27 g-1 a-1 pts-2 pim-10
Russia (’00 WJC) gp-7 g-3 a-5 pts-8
Vadim Khomitski, D
6-1 185lbs 6/21/82 Chimik (Russ. Div.1)
Is a steady stay-at-home type defenseman who has good mobility, and should take several years to develop in Russia.
Ruslan Bernikov, F
6-3 198lbs 22yrs. old team unknown
Chosen strictly on the advice of scout Evgeny Larionov, thus little is known about his play. He does skate well, and has a pro build, but little else is available.
Overage mystery man intrigues the Stars with his skills and size.
Artem Chernov, C
5-10 176lbs 4/28/82 Novokuznetsk (Rus)
Is a very nice passer and playmaker who centered ’00 first rounders Pavel Vorobiev and Alexei Smirnov in Russia. Has good speed to go with his passing, but must gain weight and play better in traffic to make the NHL.
gp-10 g-2 a-3 pts-5 pim-0
Ladislav Vlcek, F
5-11 172lbs 18yrs old Kladno Jr. (Czech Republic)
Another forward with excellent speed and agility, and is undersized at this
point for NHL play. Will continue to play for one of the best hockey clubs in Europe, and should develop nicely as a result.
Marco Tuokko, F
5-11 172lbs 19yrs old TPS Jr. (Finland)
Is a player that will bang, draw penalties, and do the little things for his
team. He does have good speed as well, but needs to develop his touch around
the net and add muscle to his frame.
Antti Miettinen, C
6-0 180lbs 7/30/80 HPK (Finland)
Shows very good skills in the offensive zone, as he has shown the ability to score the pretty goal when opportunity arises. Does have good speed and puck control, along with a decent frame, but must become more consistent in his play in all three zones.
Shows the offensive skills to be a late round steal.
This year’s draft had not only a decidedly European flavor, but it also had an offensive flavor as well. For most of the players drafted have good puck skills and speed, which is exactly what was needed within the system. While they only selected one defenseman, and reached some for a goaltender, they had a very solid draft regardless. Even though it may not be as good as their ’97 draft (2 NHL’ers and 3 potential NHL’ers), this draft will go down as being influential in starting a solid base of skill players for the future.