Monday, June 29, 2009

NHL Draft Recap: Dallas Stars Review

With the draft ending on Saturday night, it's time to take a look at how the teams done. For the Dallas Stars, this year the Stars focused on offense this year taking 5 players to help them bring them into the future.

Their first pick on Friday night was at the 8 spot and with it, it was Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Winger Scott Glennie. At 6'1" 177 pounds out of Winnipeg, Manitoba is a very fast and skilled winger who scored 54 goals in 116 games in his 2 seasons in the Western Hockey League and also got the team to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Calgary Hitmen. In the 2007-08 season was another strong year for the Wheat Kings where despite a 6th place finish in the WHL Regular Season, they were part of a very evenly matched Eastern Conference where the 8 playoff teams finished just 11 points from each other. Then in the 2008 WHL Post Season before losing to a very strong Lethbridge Hurricanes team in 6 games in the 1st round.

For Glennie, his physical ablitiy has been a bit underratted, but espically last year it was greatly needed when they used to crushed both the Kootenay Ice and the Medicine Hat Tigers where they sweeped them both in the 1st 2 rounds of this year's WHL playoffs.

Here's a comment from the Scouting Services

"Glennie is a very determined with a non-stop motor. He is a fearless in his approach and thrives in going into the dirty areas to dig out the pucks for his teammates. Glennie often comes out with the puck and his vision to spot the teammates going into the slot. His ability to play in traffic is top notch." Mckeen's 2009 Draft Guide

For more on Scott Glennie: Check out the Dallas Stars Website:

Scott Glennie HT/WT: 6'1" 177

Here's a look at the draft picks from Day 2.

Round 2 Pick #38: RW Alex Chiasson from the Des Moines Buccaneers United States Hockey League (USHL)

HT & WT: 6'4" 187
2008-09 Stats: 56 GP, 17G, 33A, 50PTS, 101 PIM

Round 3 Pick #69: Reilly Smith from the St. Michaels Buzzers Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL)

HT & WT: 6'0" 157
2008-09 Stats: 49 GP, 27G, 48A, 75PTS, 44 PIM

The Stars had no pick in the 4th round in which it was part of the Brad Richards Trade back in Feb. of 2008.

Round 5 Pick #129 Tomas Vincour of the Edmonton Oil Kings Western Hockey League (WHL)

HT & WT: 6'2" 203
2008-09 Stats: 49GP, 17G, 19A, 36PTS, 23PIM

Round 6 Pick #159 Curtis Mckenzie of the Penticton Vees British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)

HT & WT: 6'2" 192
2008-2009 Stats: 53GP, 30G, 34A, 64PTS, 90PIM

No 7th round pick as they traded to the San Jose Sharks for their 6th round pick next year.

I also wanted to mention that Flower Mound, Texas Native Chris Brown was taken in the 2nd round by the Phoenix Coyotes who was taken with the 36th overall pick. He's being compared to some other physical forwards like Bredan Morrow and Larsiv Nagy. He's just the lastest as Texas players are getting more and better chances to play in big time events around the world. Playing for the USNTDP team this past year where he played in both the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and in several international events throughout the year. In addidition, to what he did in the NAHL, he also scored 7 points in 7 games during the U18 World Championships back in April to help the Americans win the U18 Gold Medal.

To check out more on Chris Brown: check out the Phoenix Coyotes Website.

I will post the entire Draft order on the next post!

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