The NHL Draft is a little more than a week away, and Stars GM Jim Nill said he is keeping his options open and that includes possibly moving up in the draft.
The Stars have the 10th overall pick in the draft, which will be held June 30 in New Jersey. Nill said he has had discussions about trading up, but so far the price of cutting a deal hasn’t been right.
“We’re looking at all options,” said Nill. “I talked to a team today about the possibility of trading up and the price was so high that it made it easy to say, ‘That’s OK, you go ahead and do what you need to do.’ I’ve heard that from a couple of teams. We’re ready; we know what we have to do. We’re open to all options.”
Which players could be available when the Stars will pick is key, and that is something Nill and assistant GM Les Jackson have been examining as draft day draws closer.
“We’re very comfortable where we are sitting in the draft, we know where we are. We have a good feel,” Nill said. “The biggest part of the draft – and this is the part that I love – is knowing where players are going and who is taking them. It’s the managing of the draft. That’s the exciting part for me. He (Jackson) has a good feel for that and so do I. We’ve started putting that together. We know this group of players is going to be there for us and this group of players are gone, so let’s not focus on that too much. What’s the next group, and should we jump into that group? That’s the best part of it.”
No decision on Bachman
The Stars re-signed goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to a one-year, two-way contract earlier this week, but there’s been no decision made yet on restricted free agent goaltender Richard Bachman.
Bachman posted a 6-5-0 record with a 3.25 goals against average and .885 save percentage as the team’s No. 2 goaltender behind Kari Lehtonen last season. Nill said he’s considering various options for what is right now an opening in the goaltending ranks, including Bachman.
“He’s in the mix,” Stars GM Jim Nill said of Bachman. “We’ve talked to other teams. Our job this time of year is trying to find the best we can and Bachman is in that mix. We’re just going through our process to see what else is out there.”
The Stars have until July 2 to extend Bachman a qualifying offer to retain his rights. If there is no qualifying offer he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Nilstorp, who is coming off a solid campaign with the Texas Stars in the AHL season, played in five NHL games last season and could make a push for NHL time this season.
The Stars also have prospect Jack Campbell, who will be in his second professional season and will play in the AHL again this coming season.