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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 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
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E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
 
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K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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