2013 NHL Draft: Mocking the Stars

Here’s a look at what some of the experts see the Stars doing with the 10th overall pick in Sunday’s NHL Draft.

I looked at a total of 12 mock drafts and seven different players were linked to the Stars. Center Bo Horvat and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen received the most mentions with three each. Center Elias Lindholm was the choice in the two of the mock drafts. Defenseman Darnell Nurse, defenseman Nikita Zadorov, right wing Ryan Hartman and center Alexander Wennberg all were named once.

Here’s a look at the 12 mock drafts and what each had to say about the Stars’ projected selection.

MOCK DRAFT PLAYER STARS TAKE AT #10
NHL.com 1 Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)
Comment: A big scorer also highly regarded for his two-way game. He might be the best faceoff man in this year’s draft class.
NHL.com 2 Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (Finland)
Comment: The Stars need a defenseman who can contribute offensively and strike some fear in the opposition when they enter the zone — enter the 6-4, 207-pound Ristolainen. The right-handed shot is a solid skater, effective at both ends of the ice and is a prototype two-way defender with All-Star potential.
NHL.com 3 Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (Sweden)
Comment: New GM Jim Nill would be pleased if Lindholm is available at this spot. He needs to get bigger, but has the makings of another Nicklas Backstrom.
TSN.ca (Craig Button) Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgardens (Sweden-2)
Comment: None
Red Line Report 1 (Draft Guide) Nikita Zadorov, D, London (OHL)
Comment: Huge blue-liner gives them a potential anchor they currently lack on the back end, and would be a nice building block addition for the start of Jim Nill’s regime.
Red Line Report 2 (Draft Guide) Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
Comment: This hard-rock competitor seems like just the type of player Jim Nill will want to bring in to put his imprint on this organisation.
International Scouting Services (Draft Guide) Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (Sweden)
Comment: Dallas can’t believe this kid falls all the way to them at 10th overall. Lindholm is an offensively skilled and plays a very complete 200 foot game.
The Hockey News (July Issue) Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)
Comment: The responsible side of him is nice, but it’s hard to ignore just how clutch Horvat is offensively.
Hockey Prospectus (Corey Pronman) Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Comment: Dallas’ pick is hard to pin down. I cannot see them in on Andre Burakowsky or Anthony Mantha. Domi, Wennberg, and Ryan Pulock could be options at this spot, with Zadorov and Lazar as outside-shot options. Even with good defense prospects in their system, Dallas could still take a defenseman here, and Nurse fits the best-player-available mold. He also fits the two-way type of player that Dallas tends to look for, plus he exhibits the great hockey sense Stars executive Jim Nill valued in Detroit.
USA Today (Kevin Allen) Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (Finland)
Comment: . This 6-3 Finnish player has fallen on some lists, but he clearly has untapped potential.
Sportsnet.ca (Patrick King) Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)
Comment: New Stars general manager Jim Nill will have a tough choice between London Knights teammates Horvat and Nikita Zadorov. Horvat could be higher on their list given that centre is a more glaring need than defence in the makeup of their future roster. Horvat would give the Stars a character, two-way centre — the complete package. He may not produce as many points as some players they pass up, but will be a valuable player in every facet of the game. And given the Stars’ lack of talent down the middle, the opportunities should be there sooner than later for Horvat.
ESPN.com (Grant Sonier) Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (Finland)
Comment:  New GM Jim Nill is in Texas by way of Detroit, where he clearly knows the value of elite D-men. This scouting staff has a very strong presence in Finland, and Ristolainen would be an attractive building block for a franchise that lacks depth on the blue line. He would fit in nicely with prospect Jamie Oleksiak, forming two towers on defense. Ristolainen’s ability to play a transition game, while making opposing players pay a price, will help get this once-elite franchise back on track.

3 Responses to “2013 NHL Draft: Mocking the Stars”

  1. just go “D” man (big,physical)

  2. Still think Horvat at #10 may be a little soon. Then again, in 1995 people said the Stars reached with their top pick at #11 overall, Jarome Iginla. I’d say he turned out pretty well, albeit not in a Stars uniform.

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