Dallas Stars July 31-in-31: Draft recap, Development camp, Off-season moves





Thanks for joining us for our July 31-in-31 series! Every day this month we will be taking a look at how each team fared in the NHL Entry Draft, as well as checking in on incoming/outgoing prospects and Development Camp notes. Check back every day for a new team profile, and next month when we begin the August 31-in-31 series diving more into prospect depth charts.



Somehow surprisingly, considering their defensive pipeline, the Stars used seven of their eight picks on forwards. Looking back at Jim Nill and Joe McDonnell (Director of amateur scouting) draft tendencies, it was not that surprising to see them pick four times out of the OHL. Half of the players they’ve picked since 2013 have been from the Ontario Hockey League. For the first time since 2013, they’ve picked forwards under 6-foot-0 in overager Adam Mascherin and his Kitchener teammate Riley Damiani. They had all of their original picks and an extra fourth-rounder (from 2017 Oduya trade) they used on Mascherin.


Round 1 (13th overall) – Ty Dellandrea, C

After seeing Barrett Hayton getting picked fifth overall and Vitaly Kravtsov ninth overall, Dallas’ selection of Ty Dellandrea at 13th was the third biggest surprise of the first round based on the most popular rankings. He started the year outside of most top 31 rankings. Dellandrea was ranked No. 76 on the NHL Central Scouting midterm list but he increased his draft stock all year long and finished No. 25 on their final list. He had a strong U18 tournament and he was one of the biggest risers in the second half of the season. Dellandrea also had a strong showing at the NHL combine where he finished fifth on the VO2max testing among the 104 players invited.

One thing to keep in mind concerning Dellandrea is that he played for the OHL’s worst offense. The Flint Firebirds only managed to score 194 goals. That’s 1.8 goals less per game in comparison with the league leading team in that department, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who scored 317 times. Here’s some interesting stats about Dellandrea:

– He participated to 30% of his team’s goals (Barrett Hayton = 19%)

– He took the second highest number of faceoffs in the entire OHL (won 50.6% of them) 

– He loves to shoot the puck – ranked third among OHL draft eligible with 3.55 shots per game

Ty Dellandrea projects to be a strong two-way second-line center. His character makes him special. He doesn’t show high-end skills but he owns all the tools to be successful at the top level. He’s a leader who’ll lead by example and coaches will love him. He will be NHL ready rather sooner then later. Players with higher ceilings where obviously still available at No. 13 but Dellandrea represent a low risk pick that fits the team number one need.


Round 2 (44th overall) – Albin Eriksson, LW

Jim Nill second-round selection was also sort of a reach. Bob McKenzie had Albin Eriksson ranked 68th in his final ranking. Even though he’s physical, the big 6-foot-4 winger is able to play a skill game. He’s strong in puck protection and he has strong release which makes him a threat in the offensive zone. He needs to work on his skating but it’s not a flaw in his game. Eriksson recorded 22 goals and was the best goal-scorer a