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O'Callahan: Stocked Cupboard

Stars Have Done a Great Job in Building a Wealth of Young Players

Saturday, 10.10.2009 / 3:20 PM / News
By Seamus O'Callahan  - Hockey Historian

I was watching the Stars-Flames game last night and I was really impressed with one player early in the game. It was #23, Tom Wandell. I thought he was one of the best players on the ice. He skated, he was creative, he brought energy. As the game went on, I started thinking about this roster and how much it has turned over since the lockout.

We've gotten younger. More importantly, I think we've gotten better.

Les Jackson, who oversees the Stars' scouting system, and Tim Bernhardt, who oversees the Entry Draft, are unsung heroes of stocking a pretty good-looking cupboard here in Dallas, for now and the future.

A large portion of this current  team has come via the draft, and a lot of them were not taken in the first round:

Add in some solid first round picks:

Now consider some of the talent drafted by Jackson and Bernhardt that led to some pretty good acquisitions:
  • Mike Smith (fifth round, 2001) and Jussi Jokinen (sixth round, 2001) - key parts of a blockbuster trade to acquire Brad Richards in 2008.
  • David McIntyre (fifth round, 2006) - traded to Anaheim for Brian Sutherby.

And there were a few older guys (all home-grown) who are big part of this team that weren't on the ice on Friday at Calgary due to either injury or a breather:
  • Marty Turco - fifth round, 1994
  • Jere Lehtinen - fourth round, 1992
  • Mike Modano - first round, 1988

Razor had the stat on the broadcast: without those three players on the ice, the Dallas line-up average age was 26 years, 9 months.

A couple of key players obtained to shrewd draft day moves or picks:
  • San Jose calls the Dallas draft table in June, asking for the Stars' 2009 seventh round choice in exchange for the Sharks' sixth round pick next year. Nieuwendyk makes the deal then flips San Jose's pick to Ottawa a few weeks later for Alex Auld.
  • Dallas drafts John Erskine (second round) in 1988, trades him to the Island for Janne Niinimaa in January, 2006, then ships Niinimaa to Montreal in September, 2006 for Mike Ribeiro.

That's 17 players of Dallas' current 23-man roster that can be traced back to the Entry Draft or assets acquired through it.

And take a look at what is coming for the future (among others):
  • C Scott Glennie (first round, 2009) - some say he'll be great.
  • C Tomas Vincour (fifth round, 2009) - impressed at Traverse City this year.
  • G Tyler Beskorowany (second round, 2008) - one of the best goaltenders in camp.
  • C Scott Winkler (third round, 2008) - good playmaker still developing.
  • D Philip Larsen (fifth round, 2008) - could be a very good D and soon.
  • D Ivan Vishnevskiy (first round, 2006) - offensive potential from the blue line.
  • RW Raymond Sawada (second round, 2004) - size and potential, good character.

This is a pretty good team that is fun to watch and don't look now, but the organization has more depth now than it has had in quite some time. Should be fun to watch.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 4 3 1 1 4
S. Horcoff 4 0 4 4 4
C. Sceviour 4 1 2 3 3
C. Eakin 4 1 2 0 3
A. Roussel 4 0 3 2 3
R. Garbutt 4 2 0 2 2
V. Fiddler 4 1 1 0 2
A. Goligoski 4 1 1 4 2
A. Chiasson 4 1 1 -4 2
T. Seguin 4 1 1 3 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 2 2 0 .921 2.28
 
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