Final notes from Chicago: Early success, news on Nichushkin, and 2018 draft in Dallas

CHICAGO — Greetings from the Midway International Airport where I’m waiting for a flight back to Texas after the NHL Entry Draft. As a quick recap, the Dallas Stars had one of the more successful drafts here in Chicago. The Stars snagged the No. 1 target on their draft board, Miro Heiskanen, with the third-overall […]

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Dallas Stars happy to draft Jason Robertson, a first-round talent in second round

CHICAGO — The Dallas Stars went into the second round of the NHL Entry Draft with a firm belief they’d still be able to draft a first-round talent with 39th overall pick. Turns out they were right after picking Kingston Frotenacs left wing Jason Robertson, a scoring winger that had 42 goals and 81 points […]

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Dallas Stars trade up and select Jake Oettinger with the No. 26 pick

CHICAGO — The Dallas Stars traded with the Chicago Blackhawks to move up to the No. 26 spot in the first round and selected goalie Jake Oettinger. Here is my scouting report from the draft guide: Jake Oettinger will likely be the first goalie drafted and his freshman season at Boston University helped prove he’s […]

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STARS NOTES: Potential trade value for No. 3 pick; why Barnes and Fraser are assistant coaches

CHICAGO — Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill is getting calls and the No. 3 pick in Friday’s draft is still available, for the right cost. “There’s a value,” Nill said. “We like the spot where in. If there is something that makes sense we’d do it. I’m not going to make the move for […]

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Projected top picks Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick enjoying draft experience

CHICAGO — As part of the NHL Draft Festivities the NHL Centennial Fan Arena has taken up residence in the parking lot across the street from the United Center. The traveling exhibit, which visited Dallas back in January, is miniature hockey Hall of Fame on wheels. Century old skates worn by Georges Vezina hang on […]

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STARS MAILBAG: Trades on the blue line, an odd expansion draft, and Hamhuis to Vegas?

This is the last mailbag before the Vegas Golden Knights make their selections in the NHL Expansion draft. In honor of that historical moment, the NHL officially welcoming the roster of a 31st team, we should open this mailbag with a bit of trivia. Did you know the Stars took part in the 1991 expansion […]

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