July 24, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Dallas Stars in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2015 NHL Draft
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ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Dallas Stars in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Denis Guryanov (ISS Ranked #24 in 2015, Overall drafted #12 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Guryanov is a highly talented winger who handles the puck extremely well at high speeds and shows a strong pro pedigree. Just as in 2013, the Stars had no hesitation to look to Russia with their 1st round pick and the future of Guryanov and Nichushkin down the wing will be a scary one for opponents to contain. One year of development in Russia will raise the level of his game to where it needs to be to compete day-in, day-out at the NHL level.
Julius Honka (ISS Ranked #40 in 2014, Overall drafted #14 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Dallas went out on a limb in 2014 with the undersized defenseman but by no means is there anything small about his skill-set, skating ability and intelligence on the puck. The late ’95 benefitted with the additional year in the WHL and had a very strong rookie season as a pro with the Texas Stars. Expect a patient approach to his development until he is able to dominate the AHL game. The Stars have great defensive prospect depth and with Jokipakka and Klingberg already making an impact, they are able to take a long-term approach with Honka.
Valeri Nichushkin (ISS Ranked #4 in 2013, Overall drafted #10 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Nichushkin’s future looks bright in Dallas, with a deep top six he has been able to remove some pressure and continue to develop his 200ft game although running into some injury woes last season. The offensively gifted and towering winger has untapped upside as he has shown the ability to dominate in flashes. 2015-2016 will be a statement year as he returns from injury, no doubt he has an excellent supporting cast to feed off.
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Brett Ritchie (ISS Ranked #30 in 2011, Overall drafted #44 in 2011 NHL Draft) – The Stars are thankful they took a chance on the former Sarnia Sting and Niagara IceDogs winger as he has turned into one of the safer bet prospects to become an everyday professional at the NHL ranks. Although he won’t be one to offensively dominate on a nightly basis, he brings a intimidating physical presence and a tireless work ethic off the puck. He is a character type forward that you need to go deep in the playoffs.
“The Stars are in an excellent position as they have bolstered their top six with incredible talent and have very strong depth coming up in the system”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Jim Nill and Les Jackson have put themselves in a great position of being a threat today while not sacrificing their future with great prospect depth. Countless defensive prospects in Honka, Oleksiak, Nemeth, Lindell and bolstered forward depth with Ritchie, Dickinson, Ully, Pollock and Hintz coming down the pipe, there are promising days ahead for the Stars organization.”
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