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Les Jackson talks draft with NHL.com

Saturday, 06.01.2013 / 3:03 PM / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Les Jackson talks draft with NHL.com

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.”

You can read the entire article here.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
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8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
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12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
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A. Roussel 47 11 11 -3 22
T. Daley 44 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 44 9 12 5 21
A. Hemsky 44 7 11 -6 18
J. Klingberg 33 6 12 8 18
 
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