2010 NHL Entry Draft: Dallas Stars draft preview

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The Stars are in desperate need for defensive depth, as they’ve spent
the past few seasons stocking up on gritty forwards. Last year, GM Joe
Nieuwendyk shifted the focus on speedy, talented wingers and despite the
dearth of blue line talent decided against picking a defenseman. Expect
that to change this year, as it’s likely the Stars can grab a young
defenseman at #11 that can help the NHL team in a very short amount of
time. They also need some goaltending depth, as the usual stream of
goaltending talent from the Stars has slowed up in reason years.

2010 draft picks:

Round 1 – 11th
Round 2 – 41st
Round 3 – 71st
Round 5 – 131st

Top prospects (per Hockey’s
Future
):

1. Scott Glennie, RW
2. Philip Larsen, D
3. Alex
Chiasson, RW
4. Ondrej Roman, C
5. Perttu Lindgren, C
6.
Richard Bachman, G
7. Curtis McKenzie, LW
8. Matt
Tassone, C
9. Colton Sceviour, RW
10. Sergei Korostin, RW

PHT’s
mock draft results:


11 – Derek Forbort – D – USA U-18 (USDP)

This is the
perfect
player for the Stars to take in this spot. He’s a big, steady and
talented defenseman who wont score many goals but does everything else
nearly perfectly and many think he has the most potential of any
defenseman in the draft.

What the blogs are saying:

Defending
Big D

The Stars traded their top defensive prospect, Ivan Vishnevskiy to the Thrashers
in the deal for Kari Lehtonen, leaving them with Philip Larsen as the top rated blue liner in
their system. He is the only defenseman in the Stars top 20 prospects
outside of Hubert Labrie, who I’m guessing most Stars
fans haven’t heard of. The Stars’ defensive cupboard is bare and Derek
Forbort is where they need to start the re-stocking.

Forbort,
by all accounts, is an impressive combination of size and skill.
Projected by many to be a top pairing guy in the NHL, the 6’5″, 198
pounder is good on the penalty kill, willing to blocks shots and can
hold his own in the offensive end. While not a “pure puck mover”, Derek
scored 4 goals and 10 assists in 26 appearances with the U.S. National
U-17 team in 2009-2010 and is described as an excellent skater for his
size. He is committed to the Univeristy of North Dakota in the fall. The
Stars are mock-happy to mock-draft the young man from Duluth,
Minnesota, and continue a tradition of outstanding American players
(Modano, Hatcher, Guerin, etc) in Texas.

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    Latest way the Wild lost? Killed by penalty kill

    Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk sits on the ice after giving up a goal to St. Louis Blues' Jori Lehtera, of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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    It’s said that variety is the spice of life, yet it seems to be the spite of the Minnesota Wild.

    As head coach Mike Yeo said, this struggling team appears to find a new way to lose virtually every night. That couldn’t have happened once again on Saturday, when they fell 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues, could it?

    Actually …

    If you ask Jarret Stoll, the latest problem was the penalty kill.

    Honestly, Stoll may have been too specific, likely trying to throw his own unit under the bus. Instead, it might be more accurate to say that Minnesota’s special teams let them down.

    Indeed, the Wild struggled to limit the Blues’ power play, which went an unsettling 3-for-6. That said, Minnesota had a chance to trade blows with St. Louis. Instead, the Wild managed one power-play goal on seven opportunities.

    The silver lining is that the Wild believe that they showed more fight than this fragile bunch had been generating before.

    On the other hand, with Jonas Brodin on IR and Jared Spurgeon apparently hurt, that silver lining may not be so easy to see.

    Statement in Blackhawks’ blowout of Stars? Coach Q says they’re even

    Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) scores a goal against Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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    Worry (if you’re pulling for the Stars) or gloat (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) all you want, but the bottom line is that the Central Division’s No.1 spot is clearly in Chicago’s control after Saturday night.

    The Blackhawks earned a decisive 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars, giving them a five-point standings lead over Dallas for the Central Division lead.

    You may feel like that’s more of the same, but consider this: things would look a lot closer if Dallas won or gained points, as they hold three games in hand on the ‘Hawks.

    At least one Blackhawks player admits this game means a little more than your average W.

    Indeed, while Antti Niemi was pulled from the game and Kari Lehtonen faced his own struggles in Dallas’ net, Corey Crawford ranked as one of the big reasons why the score was so lopsided.

    (Artem Anisimov had a big say in that, too.)

    As a wise coach with 1,000+ games of experience would do, Joel Quenneville didn’t go overboard in assessing the victory.

    Was this a statement game? Who knows, but a certain statement is that the Blackhawks now have a five-point standings lead.

    Brad Marchand wins it … on a penalty shot … in overtime

    Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand celebrates after scoring on a penalty shot during the overtime period of the Boston Bruins 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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    Looking at the standings, beating the Buffalo Sabres was pretty important for the Boston Bruins. The Atlantic Division’s run for spots appears particularly congested out East.

    Of all the Bruins to get a chance to win it all, the team might have wanted Brad Marchand to have that opportunity. He’s on pace to destroy his previous career-highs for scoring, and Marchand’s been particularly hot lately.

    Either way, Marchand came up big indeed, scoring the rare overtime game-winner on a penalty shot. Check out the drama below:

    That can be a big extra point and ROW (regulation/overtime win) when the regular season is finished.

    Note: Many believe that Marchand should not have received a penalty shot on the play.

    Crosby kills the Cats: Penguins end Panthers’ winning streak

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with Florida Panthers' Connor Brickley (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    For quite some time, it looked like the Florida Panthers would keep the Pittsburgh Penguins under wraps.

    Florida nursed a 1-0 lead into a 2-0 margin almost halfway through the third period, looking to win its sixth consecutive game. That looked great … and then Sidney Crosby + Kris Letang happened.

    Let’s put it this way: this GIF of Crosby being frustrated is amusing, yet it doesn’t exactly tell the story of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win for the Penguins:

    Instead, Crosby grabbed his 900th point assisting on a Letang goal, and finished the night with 902 by collecting the game-tying goal and grabbing a helper on Letang’s overtime game-winner.

    Crosby crossing that barrier is indeed special, even if it prompts “What if?” questions about No. 87’s health.

    The resurgence of Crosby and Letang already played a big role in the Penguins going from disjointed and frustrating to sneaky and scary, so it  shouldn’t be that surprising to see them play so well. Doing so in such brisk order is a little bewildering, however.