Features
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Stars look long-term with picks

Monday, 06.23.2008 / 8:00 PM CT / Feature
X
Share with your Friends


Stars look long-term with picks

OTTAWA --  The Dallas Stars think they got their first-round pick last month, so not having a No. 1 pick in the Entry Draft was not a big problem.

The Stars dealt their first-round pick to Los Angeles at the trade deadline for veteran defenseman Mattias Norstrom, who gave Dallas a lift with a pair of key playoff goals and helped the Stars advance to the Western Conference Finals before losing in six games. Norstrom announced his retirement earlier this month.

For all intents, the Stars got a first-round pick when they acquired the rights to Swedish forward Fabian Brunnstrom last month. Brunnstrom, who was pursued by several teams, could make the roster this fall.

The Stars also dealt their first-rounder last year, so not having a high pick – or even many picks – was no big deal to co-GM Les Jackson.

Related Links:

 "We lacked the pieces to do anything big," he said. "It's not really any different than last season. We had to sit out the first round last season, and we still felt like we were able to make good picks."

Here's a look at the Stars' 2008 NHL Entry Draft class:

No. 59, Tyler Beskorowany, G, Owen Sound (OHL) - The Stars looked beyond the stats in selecting Beskorowany, who had a goals-against average of 4.04 and a .900 save percentage in 35 games with Owen Sound, one of the OHL's weakest teams.

The lefty-catching netminder is 6-foot-4 and 203 pounds and will take a couple of years to be ready to compete for an NHL job.

“Tyler is a big player who is technically sound and has a real good understanding of the goaltender position," said Tim Bernhardt, the Stars’ chief amateur scout. "He has good athleticism and lots of room for potential development."

Former NHLer Rob DiMaio, now a Dallas scout, said he likes Beskorowany's glove hand and his size, as well as the way he competed for a bad team this season.
       
No. 89, Scott Winkler, C, Russell Stover (U.S. Midget) - Winkler, a Norwegian playing in the U.S., has the size (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and stats (40-52-92 in 70 games) to indicate that he could become an NHL player. He has committed to attending Colorado College this fall after a superb season with Russell Stover, a Midget program based in Kansas City.
       
No. 149, Philip Larsen, D, Frolunda (Sweden)  - The Stars used their fifth-round pick to take Larsen, a Danish native who played for Frolunda last season, going scoreless in 16 games. Still, the fact that he was able to play in the Elite League at age 18 is impressive. At 5-11 and 185 pounds, he'll have to grow physically before the Stars think about bringing him over.

No. 176, Matthew Tassone, C, Swift Current (WHL) - At six feet tall and 200 pounds, Tassone has the size to be a physical forward, and he showed great improvement in his second WHL season, scoring 19 goals and 36 points in 60 games. The Edmonton native will likely spend two more seasons in juniors.

No. 209, Mike Bergin, D, Smith Falls (CJHL) - Bergin, who turns 20 next week and was drafted in his hometown of Kanata, Ontario, is headed for RPI and is expected to contribute right away after a good offensive season for Smiths Falls of the CJHL. The 6-foot-3, 197-pounder had 14 goals and 41 points in 45 games.




Author: John Kreiser | NHL.com Columnist

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
DallasStars.com is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Corporate Partnerships | Contact UsPrivacy Policy | AdChoices | Job Opportunities | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | Find us on Google+