Dallas Stars assistant GM Les Jackson talked to NHL.com about the upcoming draft in New Jersey, where the Stars will have two first round picks including No. 10 overall.
Here’s an excerpt:
"Jackson said there isn’t a particular need his staff will be looking to fill. He did say there are some strong prospects at certain key positions.
“If you look in the middle, there’s a lot of depth there, and there’s some real good defensemen,” he said. “It’s a good draft from that standpoint. Generally when you’re drafting, those are the hardest players to get: center-ice and defense. I think there’s a good crop of guys that fit both positions.”
Having two first-round picks gives the Stars some options as far as trading to move up or potentially moving back and adding assets. Jackson said the staff, including new general manager Jim Nill, has discussed all possibilities.
“There’s always a lot of talk,” Jackson said. “There’s always a cost involved moving up. Moving back you want to protect yourself. We talk about those layers and that’s how you protect yourself — how far you go back and what do you get in return. There’s lot of factors that come in when you do it. There’s always talk. You try to do the best deal you can for your team. We’ve talked both ways. We may end up staying at 10, and if we do we’re well-protected.
“I think there’s enough players around that if we do our work we should do OK. There’s no guarantee.”