The D in Big D Stands for Draft

Monday, 02.11.2013 / 12:40 PM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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The D in Big D Stands for Draft

Some people see the arrival of Sergei Zubov in 1996 as the moment the Stars became ‘championship’ quality.

That fleecing of the Penguins sure helped, and he was a huge piece, but the seeds of that oak-strong defense-corp were planted years before – at the NHL Draft.

I give you, ‘The Crazy Eights’

Doug Zmolek 8th overall 1989 (He turned into Darryl Sydor through trade in 1996)

Derian Hatcher 8th overall 1990

Richard Matvichuk 8th overall 1991

Three top 10 picks – wulah - half of that bruisingly talented late 90s - early 2000s defense.

Fast-forward a decade and a half and - then Stars GM, Doug Armstrong - tried to once again build the core of the blueline through the draft – all be it sans top 10 picks.

In 2004 they drafted 5 defensemen. Among them, Mark Fistric and Nick Grossman.

2005 brought Matt Niskanen in the first round

The 2006 draft saw them use their first pick on Ivan Vishnevskiy

That promise never materialized in Dallas.

In late June of 2010 another Dallas defense reconstruction began at the draft table. Goaltender Jack Campbell was chosen with the 11th pick followed by defensemen Patrik Nemeth (41st), Alex Theriau (109) and John Klingberg (131)

2011 The Big Rig, Jamie Oleksiak arrived via the 14th overall pick

And this past summer the Stars used their 2nd pick (43rd) to grab defenseman Ludwig Bystrom

Will those three draft classes be the genesis of another run at a Cup?

Only time will tell.

But what time has always taught us is this: Defense Wins Championships.

There’s a big black banner at AAC that is testament to that.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
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12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
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K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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