Dallas’s all-time draft group: Loads of Minnesota taste

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The Dallas Stars have been within the NHL the identical variety of seasons (26) as their predecessors, the Minnesota North Stars. Give Dallas an additional yr – and a category of draft picks – as a result of the lockout yr of 2004-05 doesn’t rely as a season, but it surely was a draft yr. Minnesota holds a slight 11-9 edge in a have a look at the franchise’s all-time all-star group.
Three facilities on the all-time group had been drafted by Minnesota. Mike Modano is a Corridor of Famer and Bobby Smith and Neal Broten are proper on the bubble of that class. Steve Ott, a Dallas choose, is the right fourth-line pivot for this all-time group. The franchise shifted from Minnesota to Dallas in the summertime of 1993.
The pickings had been comparatively straightforward at proper wing. Newly-minted Corridor of Famer Jarome Iginla is on the primary line. Subsequent up is Brian Bellows who got here near 500 targets in his profession however did surpass 1,000 factors. Two-way specialists and premier playoff performers are on the third and fourth traces, Jamie Langenbrunner and Jere Lehtinen. On the left aspect, Jamie Benn is on the highest line whereas unheralded Steve Payne comes up subsequent. He labored magic for lots of years with Smith. Not fairly making the grade had been Loui Eriksson and Jussi Jokinen.
The Dallas all-draft protection is each a talented and hard-hitting, defensive group. Derian Hatcher and Craig Hartsburg are on the highest pair. Had Hartsburg not had his profession shortened resulting from accidents, he would have appeared on the Corridor of Fame radar. Plenty of contenders for the third pairings, however we settled on artful, hitting specialist Curt Giles and defensive gem Bob Rouse. It’s a disgrace, however we regrettably go away Trevor Daley, Richard Matvichuk and John Klingberg off the corps.
We went with two Dallas-selected goalies within the crease. No tandem anyplace would have the ability to transfer the puck as successfully as Marty Turco and Mike Smith. They bought the sting over Minnesota choices Gilles Gilbert, Don Beaupre and Arturs Irbe.
Data consists of draft yr, draft place, newbie group and NHL stats (games-goals-assists-points; W-L-OTL, GAA, SP)
CENTER
Mike Modano – 1988, 1st total, Prince Albert (WHL) (1,499-561-813-1,374)
Bobby Smith – 1978, 1st total, Ottawa (OHL.) (1,077-357-679-1,036)
Neal Broten – 1979, 42nd total, Minnesota (WCHA) (1,099-289-634-923)
Steve Ott – 2000, 25th total, Windsor (OHL) (848-109-179-288)
LEFT WING
Jamie Benn – 2007, 129th total, Victoria (BCHL) (814-300-388-688)
Steve Payne – 1978, 19th total, Ottawa (OHL) (613-228-238-466-435)
James Neal – 2005, 33rd total, Plymouth (OHL) (821-289-256-545)
Brenden Morrow – 1997, 25th total, Portland (WHL) (991-265-310-575)
RIGHT WING
Jarome Iginla – 1995, 11th total, Kamloops (WHL) (1,554-625-675-1,300)
Brian Bellows – 1982, 2nd total, Kitchener (OHL) (1,188-485-537-1,022)
Jamie Langenbrunner – 1993, 35th total, Cloquet (USHS.) (1,109-243-420-663)
Jere Lehtinen – 1992, 88th total, Kiekko-Espoo (Fin.) (875-243-271-514)
DEFENSE
Derian Hatcher – 1990, eighth total, North Bay (OHL) (1,045-80-251-331)
Craig Hartsburg – 1979, sixth total, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) (570-98-315-413)
Matt Niskanen – 2005, 28th total, Virginia (USHS) (949-72-284-356)
Dick Redmond – 1969, fifth total, St. Catharines (OHA) (771-133-312-445)
Curt Giles – 1978, 54th total, Minn-Duluth (WCHA) (895-43-199-242)
Bob Rouse – 1982, 80th total, Billings (WHL) (1,061-37-181-218)
GOALIES
Marty Turco – 1994, 124th total, Cambridge (USHS) (275-167-66, 2.36, .910)
Mike Smith – 2001, 161st total, Sudbury (OHL) (262-248-74, 2.71, .911)

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In regards to the AuthorBrian CostelloBrian Costello joined The Hockey Information in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville had been gamers, not coaches. Costello coated main junior hockey for 5 seasons earlier than getting referred to as as much as THN. He likes to focus his consideration on pre- and post-NHL careers, following intently the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Corridor of Fame professional.

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