Dallas Stars Use Draft In Hopes Of Fixing Some Holes
The 2017 NHL Draft has come and gone. The Dallas Stars had a few weak areas, and it looks as though they’ll be addressed soon. Not only did the Stars draft a young defenseman, the Stars went for a little goaltending and center depth as well. Here are the remaining Stars draft picks not covered before.
Jake Oettinger – Goalie (Round 1/Pick 29)
The Stars traded the 29th and 70th pick to the Chicago Blackhawks to move up and select Oettinger. The 18-year old just completed his freshman season at Boston University with a 21-11-3 record and four shutouts. He also earned a gold medal representing the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championship. How he will mix with the Stars system is unclear right now, but he will be an asset to the Stars in the future.
Jason Robertson – Left Wing (2nd round/39th overall)
According to Dallas media, Robertson was actually projected to be a first-round on some pre-draft lists, so this could work out to be a steal for the Dallas Stars. The 17-year old had 81 points (42 goals, 39 assists) in 68 games for Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League. NBC 5 reports: According to some scouts, the knock on Robertson is his skating but the Stars feel he will get better in that area with some added strength. NBC 5 in Dallas, reports he is trying to become the first Filipino-American to ever play in the NHL.
Liam Hawel – Center (4th round/101st overall)
According to NBC 5 in Dallas, NHL Central Scouting ranked Hawel 142nd among North American skaters and International Scouting Services ranked him 173rd among all skaters. He recorded 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) while playing for both Sault Ste. Marie and Guelph in the Ontario Hockey League.
Jacob Peterson – Center (5th round/132nd overall)
According to NBC 5 in Dallas, Peterson had 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) while playing in Sweden’s top junior league last season. The 17-year old is a left-handed shot and the Stars feel he is just scratching the surface with his abilities on the ice.
Brett Davis – Center (6th round/163rd overall)
Another left-handed shot for the Dallas Stars at center. Davis played for both Lethbridge and Kootenay in the Western Hockey League. The 18-year old had 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 59 games last season.
Dylan Ferguson – Goalie (7th round/194th overall)
Ferguson was the number two goalie for Kamloops in the Western Hockey League, registering a 2.74 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked eighth among North American goalies.