Dallas Stars: NHL Draft

Stars to pick 13th in NHL Draft

April, 10, 2012
As expected, the Dallas Stars did not win Tuesday's NHL Draft Lottery and will have the 13th pick in the NHL Draft, which will be held June 22-23 in Pittsburgh.

The Stars had a 0.8 percent chance of winning Tuesday's lottery, which was won by the Edmonton Oilers for the third straight year. The Oilers will pick first overall.

Here's the draft order for the first 14 spots. The rest of the order will be released after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1.) Edmonton
2.) Columbus
3.) Montreal
4.) NY Islanders
5.) Toronto
6.) Anaheim
7.) Minnesota
8.) Carolina
9.) Winnipeg
10.) Tampa Bay
11.) Washington (via COL)
12.) Buffalo
13.) Dallas
14.) Calgary
The Dallas Stars finished the season 10th in the Western Conference and 18th overall in the league. That 18th ranking in the league puts them in the 13th spot for the NHL's draft lottery, which will be Tuesday.

The Stars have a 0.8 percent chance of winning the lottery and moving up four spots in the draft.

Here is the current draft order and the odds of each team winning it.

1. Columbus Blue Jackets - 25.0%
2. Edmonton Oilers - 18.8%
3. Montreal Canadiens - 14.2%
4. New York Islanders - 10.7%
5.Toronto Maple Leafs - 8.1%
6. Anaheim Ducks - 6.2%
7. Minnesota Wild - 4.7%
8. Carolina Hurricanes - 3.6%
9. Winnipeg Jets - 2.7%
10. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2.1%
11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado) - 1.5%
12. Buffalo Sabres - 1.1%
13. Dallas Stars - 0.8%
14. Calgary Flames - 0.5%

Playoff matchups

Here are the matchups for this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. The schedules will be announced later today.

Western Conference:

(1) Vancouver vs. (8) Los Angeles
(2) St. Louis vs. (7) San Jose
(3) Phoenix vs. (6) Chicago
(4) Nashville vs. (5) Detroit

Eastern Conference:

(1) NY Rangers vs. (8) Ottawa
(2) Boston vs. (7) Washington
(3) Florida vs. (6) New Jersey
(4) Pittsburgh vs. (5) Philadelphia
Now that the Stars have been eliminated from the playoff race, they are in mix for the NHL draft lottery, which will be held Tuesday.

The Stars are currently the 17th place team in the NHL, hold the 14th pick in the draft and have a 0.5 percent chance of winning the lottery and moving up four places. They can still move up in the lottery draft standings depending on how things go on the final day of the season.

The draft lottery standings are below.

Playoff watch

The playoff teams are set in both conferences now. The only question is the final seeding. The Stars and Colorado were both eliminated in the West last night, leaving Vancouver, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, San Jose and Phoenix.

In the East it’s the New York Rangers, Boston, Florida, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ottawa and Washington.

Play of the night: Clowe’s stickwork from the bench

The play of the night had to be San Jose’s Ryane Clowe reaching out with his stick from the bench and breaking up a Los Angeles Kings rush. None of the officials saw it, so there was no call.

The story and video is here.

Draft thoughts: Stars get big

June, 26, 2011
A few thoughts and observations on this weekend’s NHL Draft:

* The Stars definitely went with size in this draft and GM Joe Nieuwendyk said it wasn’t a coincidence. The plan was to get some bigger prospects, and I don’t think they sacrificed anything by going that route. The two big defenseman -- Jamieson Oleksiak (6-7/244) and Troy Vance (6-6/200) -- are mobile puck movers. Forward Brett Ritchie (6-3/210) has some skill and offensive upside. So, it wasn’t just size alone. These are some big kids with skill.

*Oleksiak going to the Stars at 14th overall wasn’t a big shocker. He was linked to the Stars in some mock drafts and those compilation rankings I put together just prior to the draft had him ranked 14th. He was going in the Stars’ range. It was much the same with Ritchie, who was projected to go anywhere from the early to late second round. The Stars took him in the middle of the round.

*The pick of center Emil Molin in the fourth round was a surprise. I couldn’t find him on any of the rankings, but this is why teams have their own scouts do the work. Molin put up impressive numbers in Swedish juniors. Defenseman John Klingberg, taken by the Stars in the fifth round last year, wasn’t on any of the rankings and he’s turned out to be a promising prospect. Very promising. We’ll see is the Stars have found another good prospect out of Sweden with Molin.

*The Stars nabbed a sleeper in the fifth round with Vance, who was basically off the radar until he jumped from the Eastern Junior Hockey League to major junior in Canada. Red Line Report listed him as one of the mid-round sleepers in the draft worth a look because of how well he played after making the jump to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league. The Stars played a role in Vance going to QMJHL. Again, this was the Stars scouting staff toiling away and, who knows, they may have found another fifth round gem. Time will tell.

*Their sixth round pick, Matej Stransky, has just started his transition to North America. His numbers with Saskatoon were OK, but he did put some impressive numbers in Czech junior hockey. It will be interesting how he does next season.

*Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, the seventh round pick, played in Finland’s top league and also had a good showing at the World Juniors. He’s got some size at 6-3 and mobility.

*Overall, it looks like a good group of picks. You won’t know how good a draft it was for a few years. None of these guys is expected to have an immediate impact. The Stars don’t rush prospects and will give them time to develop. If they get a couple of NHL players out of it, that’s pretty good. If they get more than a couple, that’s even better. The reason teams don’t like to lose picks is because the more you have the better the chances that you’ll get some prospects that will develop into good NHL players. Drafting 17-, 18- and 19-year-olds and projecting where they’ll be in five years isn’t an exact science. The wider you cast the net, the better chance you’ll haul in a few.

*ESPN.com’s Draft Blog gave the Stars a grade of B for their 2011 draft. Gare Joyce writes:
“The Stars are in flux because of ownership and the impending departure of Brad Richards. Whether they came away with a new identity here or not is an open question. They did come away bigger, though. Jamieson Oleksiak is a beast. I don't remember a tall kid as solidly built, and it's not early maturing. He still has room to grow and pack on more muscle. Brett Ritchie is the kind of slowly emerging player that the Stars have had success with (e.g., Jamie Benn). I don't know if Ritchie can score but he has all the moving parts (skating, size, decent puck skills). I didn't get much of a sense of urgency and passion in his game, though.”

*It will be interesting to see what happens with Oleksiak, who said Friday that he was unsure if he would return to Northeastern next season or go another route on his development path. Nieuwendyk said Saturday he “suspects” Oleksiak will spend another year of two in college.

*It was big weekend for Dallas-Fort Worth hockey as three kids who were born in this area and got their start in hockey here were drafted Saturday. Plano native Stefan Noesen went 21st overall to Ottawa. Noesen was a guy the Stars liked, but the Stars weren’t going to take him at 14 and he wasn’t going to be around at 44. Plano’s Blake Coleman went to New Jersey in the third round with the pick the Devils got from the Stars in the Jamie Langenbrunner deal. Coppell's Colin Jacobs went to the Buffalo in the fourth round. The Stars deserve a lot of credit for this. They didn’t show up and play back in 1993; they did a nice job of helping the game grow at the grass-roots level by building rinks all over the area.

Stars add more size in day two of draft

June, 25, 2011
The Dallas Stars drafted five more players Saturday and they continued to add some size to their pool of prospects.

After selecting 6-7, 244 pound defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak in Friday’s first round, the Stars added a 6-3, 210 pound right wing Brett Ritchie in the second round, 6-6, 200 pound defenseman Troy Vance in fifth round and 6-3 defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from Finland in the seventh round.

All told, the Stars’ six draft picks over the weekend average 6-3, 201 pounds. The three defensemen they selected averaged 6-5, 212 pounds.

“I think the theme this year was size. We went big,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “You saw the size of the kids we took. Oleksiak at 6-7, a couple of defensemen at 6-6 and 6-3 and wingers at 6-3. Meeting the kids here you could see the common theme was going big.”

Nieuwendyk said the adding size in the draft isn’t a coincidence; it’s the direction the Stars want to move.

“It’s part of the plan. We’ve always stressed that we want to become a team that is hard to play against,” said Nieuwendyk. “You’re certainly going to see that with the group of kids we’ve got coming now. We’re going bigger and you’re trying to maintain some mobility on the back end, which all these guys have. We’re just going to become a quicker, bigger, faster team.”

Brett Ritchie, RW (2nd round/44th overall)

The Stars used their second round pick (44th overall) to take Ritchie, a right wing who plays for Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-3, 210 pound Ritchie had 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 49 games this past season. He missed time due to a bout with mononucleosis. Ritchie wasn’t surprised his name got called by the Stars.

“Going into the draft they were one of the teams I talked to a lot,” Ritchie said. “They showed a lot of interest in me and I wasn’t surprised to be drafted by Dallas. I’m very happy about it.”

Ritchie had a strong second half of the season and was impressive while playing for Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship in April.

“Brett is a big strong winger. He has good hands, shoots the puck well and goes to the net,” said Stars scout Jimmy Johnston. “He has a lot of upside; he will dig in at the walls and works hard.”

Emil Molin, C (4th round/105th overall)

The Stars took Swedish center Emil Molin in the fourth round (105th overall) of the draft. The 6-0, 170 pound Molin put up some impressive numbers in Swedish junior hockey this past season. He had 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 20 games with Brynas (J18 Elite) and had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 16 games with Brynas (J18 Allsvenskan). He also played nine games with Brynas’ J20 team, picking up one assist.

"Emil is a skilled creative forward who can play center and wing. He is a good two-way player who plays responsibly on defense,” said Stars scout Rickard Oquist. “He's not physically there yet but will get there and he has very good upside. He's a smart player and is very good at setting up his teammates."

Troy Vance, D (5th round/135th overall)

The Stars took Vance, the 6-6, 200 pound defenseman, in the fifth round (135th overall). He started out the season playing junior hockey in the Philadelphia area but switched to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with some guidance from Dallas.

"It's amazing to [get drafted by the Stars] because they're the ones that helped me get out to Victoriaville," Vance said. "It all comes back around to them. They got me going."

Vance played 23 games with Victoriaville, registering 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a plus-8 rating. He picked up 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 9 playoff games.

“Troy is a big puck-moving D-man with good poise,” said Stars scout Alex LePore. “He is a good skater for his size and probably will play with the first power play unit next season. He has a ton of upside because he is still learning the position in the Quebec league.”

Matej Stransky, RW (6th round/165th overall)

The Stars took Czech forward Matej Stransky in the sixth round (165th overall). The 6-2, 193 pound right wing played his first season in North America, registering 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 71 games for Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League.

“Matej has great hands. He is very effective below the dots, offensively,” said Stars scout Jimmy Johnston. “He’s a skilled player, a big guy at 6-3 who needs to fill out. We think he will be a difficult guy to deal with for defenses.”

Jyrki Jokipakka, D (7th round/195th overall)

In the seventh round (195th overall), the Stars took Finnish defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka. The 6-3, 191 pound blue liner played for Ilves in Finland’s top league last season, registering 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 48 games.

“Jyrki is a 6-3 defenseman who can skate with good skill,” said Kari Takko, Stars Director of European Scout. He’s just getting his feet wet, as he is a late bloomer.”
The Stars used their seventh round pick (195th overall) to take Finnish defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka. He's 6-3, 191 pounds and is a left shot.

The 19-year-old played for Ilves in Finland's top league this past season, picking up 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 48 games.

Here's a profile:

The Stars used their sixth round pick (165th overall) to take right wing Matej Stransky from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. He's listed at 6-2, 193 pounds and he's a right shot.

Here's a profile:

Stars select D Troy Vance in 5th round

June, 25, 2011
The Dallas Stars used their fifth round pick (135th overall) to pick 6-6, 200 pound defenseman Troy Vance from Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Vance, who models his style of play after Buffalo's Tyler Myers, said the Stars are the team that helped him make the jump from the EMJHL to the QMJHL and that improved his stock in the draft.

"It's amazing to [get drafted by the Stars] because they're the ones that helped me get out to Victoriaville," Vance said. "It all comes back around to them. They got me going."

Here's a profile:

Stars select C Emil Molin in 4th round

June, 25, 2011
The Stars used their fourth round pick (105th overall) to select Swedish center Emil Molin. The 18-year-old left shot is listed at 6-0, 170 pounds. He played junior hockey in Sweden his past season and put up some impressive numbers.

Here's profile of Molin:

The Stars used their 2nd round pick (44th overall) to take right wing Brett Ritchie from the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. He's 6-3, 210 pounds. He had 21 goals and 20 assists in 49 games. He missed time due to mononucleosis.

Stars scout Jimmy Johnston had this to say about Ritchie: "Brett is a big strong winger. He has good hands, shoots the puck well and goes to the net. He has a lot of upside; he will dig in at the walls and works hard."

Here's a profile:

The Dallas Stars went with defense and size in Friday night’s first round of the NHL draft, selecting 6-7, 244 pound Jamieson Oleksiak from Northeastern with the 14th overall pick.

“I think the first thing that catches your attention is his size. He’s 6-7, 240 and there’s still room to grow in that frame,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s a kid that our guys have followed closely this year.”

Oleksiak, 18, said going to Dallas wasn’t a surprise. He had some good talks with the Stars prior to Friday night’s draft.

“I spoke with them a couple times before, sat down with them and had a good discussion,” Oleksiak said. “I think there is a lot of chemistry between me and the scouts and the management there. I think it’s a good fit for me. I am looking forward to it. It’s a real honor to be selected by the Stars.”

Nieuwendyk said there is a lot to like about the big defenseman, who has some skill to go along with the the size.

“He moves well for a big man. We’ve seen the impact over the years that big men can have on the game,” said Nieuwendyk. “It goes back with us with Derian Hatcher and the success that he had. He’s [Zdeno] Chara-type size. He skates well and can move the puck. The offense probably isn’t overwhelming, but he plays an all-around game. I think the important thing is he’s got that size, he skates well and is hard to play against.”

With his size, the comparisons to Chara are inevitable and the 18-year-old Oleksiak said while he tries to learn a lot from watching several NHL players, Chara is the guy he most tries to model his game after.

“He’s someone I look up to and really enjoy his style of play and try to model my game after,” Oleksiak said. “He’s had great success and that’s something I want to do for myself.”

As a freshman at Northeastern, Oleksiak registered 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a team-high plus-13 rating in 38 games. He considers himself a defensive defensemen and a puck moving blue liner.

“I think I have the ability to make plays in all three zones and be a reliable player in any situation,” Oleksiak said. “I have a good shot from the point and I think I can use my size and stick to take away scoring opportunities and create some transition.”

Oleksiak is a native of Toronto whose father is from Buffalo, so he holds dual citizenship. He has represented the United States internationally, playing for the USA Under-18 team at 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka.

Where Oleksiak plays next season is still a question mark. The young defenseman said whether he’ll return to Northeastern for another season or go another route in his development is a decision that will have to be made this summer.

“Northeastern has been phenomenal for me and they’ve really helped out my development. As for what’s happening next year, it’s all up in the air,” Oleksiak said. “My ultimate goal is to play professional hockey and it’s just a matter of continuing that development and going where it will get me to my goal and help me succeed the most. As of now, I haven’t committed to anything and we’ll have some decisions coming up.”

One option is the Ontario Hockey League, where the Saginaw Spirit hold his rights. But Nieuwendyk said he'll have talks with Oleksiak and his agent about whether the young defenseman stays at Northeastern or goes another route.

The addition of Oleksiak adds to a stable of good young prospects on the blue line for Dallas. Others include Philip Larsen, Brenden Dillon and two draft picks from last summer -- Patrik Nemeth and John Klingberg.

“The cupboard is starting to get stocked,” said Nieuwendyk. “And it got stocked in a big way tonight.”

Rounds 2-7

Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft will be held Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The NHL Network-US will carry the draft live. The Stars have picks in the second (44th), fourth (105th), fifth (135th), sixth (165th) and seventh rounds (195th).
The Dallas Stars selected defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from Northeastern University with the 14th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. Oleksiak is listed at 6-7, 244 pounds by NHL Central Scouting.

Here's a profile on him.
The Dallas Stars head into this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft with six picks, including the 14th overall selection in the first round. And when it comes time for the Stars to make their choice they’ll go with the best player available, rather than try to fill a hole at a certain position.

Chances are the players taken in the draft will be a few years away at the earliest and who knows what the teams needs will be when those players might be finally ready for the NHL.

“I think the philosophy has always been take the best player. Your needs certainly change as you go along. If you draft on need, I think you are looking for trouble,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “I think we addressed some of our deficiencies on the blue line last year with the trade for Alex Goligoski and our defense is much more mobile now. Things always change in our game, the game is always evolving. If you take the best players available it leaves you with the best opportunity to move forward.”

While things change in the game and a team’s needs can change, the there are some constants the Stars always look for in a young prospect.

“Character is the important thing,” said Les Jackson, Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “The game has evolved, there’s the new CBA and new rules have come in, but the one thing that never changes is the quality of the people – guys who care and work. That’s always the number one criteria. If they have an understanding of the game and some skill attributes, potential to grow and mature, then those are important parts too.”

Nieuwendyk believes the Stars are starting to collect a good stable of young prospects for the future. He mentioned players like forwards Alex Chiasson, Reilly Smith and Scott Glennie. And the goal is bring more prospects into the mix.

“I think the focus is to continue to try to stockpile the prospects that we have. I know we are going to get a good player at 14,” Nieuwendyk said. “There could be good possibilities that present themselves where we move down or we move up. Those are things that we discuss as we lead up to the draft.”

With the Stars already having lost a pick in this year’s draft (3rd round/75th overall) due to the Jamie Langenbrunner trade, a trade down to add an extra pick would seem more likely. Jackson said this year’s draft is a deep one, where teams can get good prospects in later rounds.

“I think it’s got good depth. I find that the team’s that do their work and do a thorough job through the season, they find players,” Jackson said. “I think this draft has some real high-end guys and it’s got real good depth all the way through. That’s the one of the reasons you can talk about moving back. You can move back and protect yourself.”

While media and fans work off several of the available rankings of prospects from scouting services and media outlets, each team puts together its own list. Jackson said the Stars’ list is basically completed in the spring but isn’t finalized until just before the draft.

”We’re basically there [with our list] and have been for the last two-and-half-months,” Jackson said. “There’s a lot of work to do with who we are going to select at 14. Our team psychologist does a lot of work and he’s busy with his own job, so we take up until a couple days before the draft to get all the information and finalize it. We can always change. You get information as you along and tweak the list, but generally if we had to go to the draft in May we could have done it.”

2011 NHL Draft

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Round 1: Friday, June 24, 6 p.m. (Versus)
Rounds 2-7: Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. (NHL Network-US)

Stars’ draft picks

The Stars have six picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. They don’t have a 3rd round pick. That was traded to New Jersey as part of the deal that brought Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas last season.

1st round (14th overall)
2nd round (44th overall)
4th round (105th overall)
5th round (135th overall)
6th round (165th overall)
7th round (195th overall)

Top prospects

Here’s a look at the top 30 prospects in the draft based on a compilation of five separate rankings by scouting services and media outlets.

Mock drafts and the Dallas Stars

June, 22, 2011
Here’s a look at what some of the various mock drafts have the Dallas Stars doing with the 14th overall pick in Friday’s first round of the NHL Entry Draft.

I picked 14 mock drafts, including some of the more notable independent scouting services, top media sites and resources that I use.

Finnish right wing Joel Armia, Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin and center Mark McNeill, who plays for Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League, led the way with three mentions each. There were five other players that some of the experts thought the Stars could take at No. 14.

*ESPN.com: Jamie Oleksiak, D, Northeastern (Hockey East) - Profile

Comment: A blueliner who will scare opposing wingers when they come down his side of the ice. Oleksiak says that he's going back to Northeastern, and if he's not flexible on that he might slide down the board somewhat. Stock was buoyed by an impressive combine and good interviews.

*Red Line Report Draft Guide 1: Joel Armia, RW, Assat (Finland) - Profile

Comment: They love their Finns in Dallas, and Armia could a really nice replacement for James Neal in a couple of years with a similar size and hands combination busting off the wing.

*Red Line Report Draft Guide 2: Vladislav Namestnikov, C, London (OHL) - Profile

Comment: Not that he’s even close to being ready, but Namestnikov could be the right pick for franchise that could lose Brad Richards.

*Int'l Scouting Services Draft Guide: J.T. Miller, RW, USA Under-18 (USHL) - Profile

Comment: Miller could be considered a bit of a reach at this point but his similarities to Dallas captain Brenden Morrow can’t be ignored, and the idea of having another Morrow in the system could be very appealing to the Stars.

*TSN: Mark Scheifele, C, Barrie (OHL) - Profile

Comment: A great skating, two-way centreman. Scheifele can create offence, he can play all areas of the game. He's a top player.

*The Hockey News: Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL) - Profile

Comment: Stars ‘D’ corps needs more weapons and big Saint John star can contribute at both ends of ice.

*Sportsnet.ca: Jonas Brodin, Farjestad (Sweden) - Profile

Comment: The Stars could use another puck-moving defenceman coming up in the system and likely would have drafted Cam Fowler in last year's first round if not for the fact Jack Campbell was still on the board. Dallas has never shied away from the Swedes in the draft and had some success with a second-round steal in Loui Eriksson several years ago. Brodin is a highly-skilled, offensive defenceman with a fluid skating stride.

*Future Considerations Draft Guide: Jonas Brodin, Farjestad (Sweden) - Profile

Comment: Dallas has depth up front with some big bodies and some skill as well as their future franchise goaltender all in the system, adding more defensive help is needed. Brodin gives them a potential top four defenseman coming through the pipeline.

*The Sports Forecaster: Mark McNeill, C, Prince Albert (WHL) - Profile

Comment: The road to rebuilding the Stars will soon begin, as the pending loss of UFA center Brad Richards will hurt. McNeill would be a nice start to the retooling plan. They may go in another direction, but centers are needed.

*The Art of Scouting: Jonas Brodin, Farjestad (Sweden) - Profile

Comment: None

*NHL.com 1: Mark McNeill, C, Prince Albert (WHL) - Profile

Comment: Stars could be in the market for a big-time center, and McNeill has big-time potential.

*NHL.com 2: Joel Armia, RW, Assat (Finland) - Profile

Comment: The 6-3, 191-pound forward had 18 goals, 29 points in 48 games as a rookie in top Finnish league.

*NHL.com 3: Mark McNeill, C, Prince Albert (WHL) - Profile

Comment: Center had a big year, posting 81 points in 70 games.

*NHL.com 4: Joel Armia, RW, Assat (Finland) - Profile

Comment: Big (6-foot-3) forward with great hands could be an eventual replacement for the departed James Neal.

Dallas Stars have six picks in draft

June, 22, 2011
Here's the list of Dallas Stars draft picks in this year' NHL Entry Draft.

1st round: 14th overall

2nd round: 44th overall

4th round: 105 overall

5th round: 135th overall

6th round: 165th overall

7th round: 195th overall

The Stars technically also own a third-round pick (75th overall) in the draft, but right now that will be going to New Jersey as part of the Jamie Langenbrunner trade. It was a conditional third-round pick, and here are the conditions as they stand right now.

If the Stars do not sign Langenbrunner before the draft then New Jersey gets that third-round pick in this week's draft. If the Stars were to sign before the draft (and that is not going to happen) then New Jersey would get the Stars' second-round pick (44th overall).

If the Stars sign Langenbrunner after the draft then the Stars also would swap their second-round pick for New Jersey's third-round pick in next year's draft.

The complete draft order is here.