Dallas Stars have little to show from 2006 Draft

By Mike Farkas
Photo: First round pick Ivan Vishnevskiy has played only five games in the NHL and was traded twice last year. (Photo courtesy of www.huskies.qc.ca)

The Dallas Stars, riding on the heels of a great regular season, entered the 2006 NHL Entry Draft without much ammunition. Their first pick was not until 27th overall – although that hadn’t been an uncommon position for the Stars in the last decade. The Stars lost their second round pick to the Islanders for Janne Niinimaa, their sixth round pick to Toronto for Nathan Perrott and their seventh round pick with Niko Kapanen for Patrik Stefan and Jaroslav Modry. The extra fifth rounder Dallas acquired came from Tampa Bay at the previous draft for the cost of a sixth rounder.

Ivan Vishnevskiy, D, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) – 1st round, 27th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL games played: 5

Ranked 32nd in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings, Ivan Vishnevskiy was the Stars first pick (27th overall) in the 2006 draft. It is the first and only time Dallas has used their first pick on a Russian. After playing deep in the confines of the Russian development system, Vishnevskiy gave himself a better shot to get noticed by moving to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL.

Vishnevskiy was recognized for his excellent skating ability and booming slapshot. He’s an offensive-minded defenseman that has struggled at times defensively. The Barnaul, Russia native had a very productive junior career and was named to the CHL all-rookie team and the QMJHL second all-star team over a three-year stretch. As a pro, Vishnevskiy has been hampered a bit by AHL veterans and older prospects taking away his ice time, particularly on the power play. Thus, his production has been less than ideal but not horrid.

With the promise of Philip Larsen on the horizon, the Stars packaged Vishnevskiy with a 4th round pick for former Thrasher netminder Kari Lehtonen in February of 2010. Several months later, Atlanta moved him along to Chicago with a second round pick for Andrew Ladd.

Aaron Snow, LW, Brampton (OHL) – 3rd round, 90th overall
Status: Bust
NHL games played: 0

Playing on a line with Luciano Aquino and Wojtek Wolski in his draft year, Aaron Snow was vaulted into the third round of the 2006 draft. Snow was a physical presence that played in all situations while posting a point-per-game average. Wolski left Brampton and was followed shortly after by Snow who sat out requesting a trade. In all, Snow played for five teams in his final two junior seasons. He was never able to come close to duplicating his offensive output without star linemates though.

Snow went unsigned by Dallas and moved on to play at the university level in Canada’s CIS league for the University of Western Ontario. He produces considerably at that level but his pro prospects are minimal.

Richard Bachman, G, Cushing Academy (USHS) – 4th round, 120th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL games played: 1

Dallas added a goalie with their third selection of the draft in Richard Bachman out of high school. Bachman moved on to play in the USHL and then two seasons at the collegiate level for Colorado College. The athletic goaltender left college after not being able to repeat the success that he had in his freshman campaign and turned pro at the ECHL level. He made the all-rookie team at the "AA" level and moved on to the AHL in 2010-11 where he is finding very good success in Texas’ defense-first system.

Somewhat undersized by today’s standards for goalies, Bachman counteracts his diminutive stature with a high amount of athleticism, agility and a strong glove hand. Bachman saw a scoreless half of a period at the NHL level which is promising. What’s not promising is that the Stars spent a high first round pick on goaltender Jack Campbell. However, if Bachman continues to work his way up the ladder so speedily, he may not have trouble finding work – even if it’s not in Dallas.

David McIntyre, C, Newmarket (OPJHL) – 5th round, 138th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL games played: 0

Following a dominant Junior ‘A’ season with Newmarket (OPJHL) the Stars took a flyer on David McIntyre. The Ontario native then moved on to Colgate University where he had a brilliant collegiate career. In his final three years, McIntyre amassed 114 points in 111 games as well as many ECAC accolades. He had been passed over in 2005 when he was draft eligible, just like he was passed over by OHL clubs which sparked his jump to U.S. college hockey.

McIntyre surprised scouts with his amazing wheels and good attention to detail. He has developed a scoring touch with the help of some other quality prospects at Colgate (Austin Smith (DAL) and Jesse Winchester to name a couple). He has since turned pro in the New Jersey organization, where he is among Albany’s (AHL) best players.

Dallas initially moved their former 5th round choice in December of 2008 with a sixth round pick for Brian Sutherby of the Ducks. Less than two months later, the Ducks shipped him to New Jersey for Sheldon Brookbank.

Max Warn, LW, HIFK U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) – 5th round, 150th overall
Status: Bust
NHL games played: 0

The Stars last pick of the 2006 draft was the first used on a European-based player – Max Warn out of Finnish Juniors. Warn twice represented the Finns at the U18 World Junior Championships and once again as a role player for the U20 World Juniors. He turned pro full-time in 2008-09 in what has proven to be his best season in terms of production.

Warn is two things: a very good skater and very good defensively. He’s a physical forward that works hard at his trade and can be an effective penalty killer. Unfortunately, at no point was he ever mistaken for fellow countrymen Teemu Selanne in terms of offensive ability. Warn hasn’t produced consistency at any major level, but always plays a relentless defensive game.

Warn was never signed by the Stars and doesn’t appear destined to play in North America.