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Putting the BIG back in Big D

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Putting the BIG back in Big D



June 27, 2004

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RALEIGH, NC -- The Stars selected five more prospects on day two of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, NC, one with a very familiar last name to Stars fans.

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Trevor Ludwig, son of former Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig, was chosen by Dallas in the sixth round (183rd overall). The 18 year-old Ludwig played in 54 games with the Texas Tornado last season, scoring five goals and 25 assists for 30 points. He has played for the Tornado in each of the last two seasons.

"Trevor is a kid we have followed for a number of years now," Stars Assistant General Manager Les Jackson said. "He's going to Providence College, which will be a good developing school for him. He's a smart player who knows the game on both sides of the ice. He plays with passion and we believe he will be come a really nice player."

Trevor was not immediately available for comment, as he was attending a Tornado team gathering on Sunday outside of the Dallas area. But the elder Ludwig was ever so much the proud father.

"It's exciting to know that Trevor is part of the Dallas Stars family," Craig Ludwig said. "What I hope is that (Stars Associate Coach) Rick Wilson is still there if Trevor gets to Dallas because that will be one of the best things for him."

Prior to drafting Ludwig, Dallas was on the clock early on Sunday, as the team had the sixth pick in the fourth round (104th overall). The Stars used that pick to select Fredrik Naslund from Sweden, a big winger with good overall skill.

"We love this kid's size; he's 6-5 and big," Stars Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt said. "Fredrik is great at protecting the puck and has good skills. He just needs to improve his skating a little but we're excited to have him."

The Stars did not have a fifth round pick on Sunday, dealing it as part of the trade on Saturday with San Jose in acquiring more picks.

The seventh round netted the Stars center Sergei Kukushin with the 218th overall pick. Kukushin measures in at 6-2, 187 pounds, playing for Minsk Jr. in Belarus last season. "Sergei is a kid that missed a good portion of last year but was still a candidate for the Belarus National Men's Team," Stars scout Bob Gernander said. "I saw him a couple of times in the USHL when he came over to the states. He's a good-sized player with good hands and is very capable of playing a physical game."

The Stars again went with size on defense in round eight, taking Lukas Vomela from the Czech Republic. Vomela is 6-3 and 189 pounds.

"Vomela is a tall, lanky player," Jackson said. "His strength is playing with the puck. He has good skill and is another kid who has potential. He has a chance to be an NHL player with some development."

Dallas wrapped up the draft by selecting Matt McKnight in the ninth round (280th overall), a center from the Alberta Junior Hockey League who scored 56 points in 42 games last season (20-36-56).

"Matt played on the Camrose team that won the championship a year ago and he was a major part of it," Gernander said. "He is going to the University of North Dakota and we look forward to his development there. Matt is smart and capable of making great plays with the puck."

Overall, you could say that the Stars' 2004 draft crop may put the "Big" back in "Big D." Nine of the Stars' 10 prospects selected were at least 6-1, including five defensemen with good size (three of the defensemen are 6-2, 232 pounds; 6-4, 187 pounds; and 6-3, 189 pounds, respectively).

"That's one of the things we tried to do - target bigger players," Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "But it is important that these big players can skate too. If you look around the NHL, the forwards and defensemen all have size. So in order to compete you need big players who can skate very well.

"We're very happy with the 10 prospects that we selected at this year's draft."

2004 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rnd.
Overall
Name
Pos.
D.O.B.
Height
Weight
Birthplace
Amateur Club
Shoots
1
28
D
6/1/86
6.2
232

Edmonton, Alberta

Vancouver, WHL

Left

2
34
Johan Fransson
D
2/18/85
6.1
183
Kalix, Sweden
Lulea, SWE
Left
2
52
RW
2/19/85
6.2
195
Richmond, B.C.
Nanaimo, BCHL
Right
2
56
Niklas Grossman
D
1/22/85
6.4
187
Stockholm, Sweden
Sodertalje Jr., SJL
Left
3
86
John Lammers
LW
1/29/86
5.11
184
Bowmanville, Ont.
Lethbridge, WHL
Left
4
104
Fredrik Naslund
RW
2/11/86
6.4
207
Stockholm, Sweden
Vasteras, SWE
Right
6
183
Trevor Ludwig
D
5/24/85
6.1
200
Rhinelander, Wisc.
Texas, NAHL
Left
7
218
Sergei Kukushin
F
7/24/85
6.2
187
Minsk, Belarus
Junost Minsk, BEL
Left
8
248
Lukas Vomela
D
9/25/85
6.3
189
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Rep.
Budejovice, CZE
Left
9
280
Matt McKnight
F
6/14/84
6.2
190
Red Deer, Alberta
Camrose, AJHL
Right

 


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