First-round pick could be ready for Stars soon

June, 24, 2012
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It should come as no surprise that the top three players of this weekend's draft are projected to be among the first picks to reach the NHL. But the 13th pick?

ESPN Hockey Insider Grant Sonier analyzes how soon he thinks each first-round pick will be ready for the NHL.

He put four players in the category of "Can Play Next Season." The first three selections of the draft -- Edmonton's Nail Yakupov, Columbus' Ryan Murray and Buffalo's Mikhail Grigorenko -- are joined in this group by forward Radek Faksa, whom the Stars picked at No. 13.

Here's Gronier's take on Faksa:
My surprise pick to play next season is Faksa. Dallas puts a premium on hockey sense and skating, and this Czech-born forward continues to improve at a rapid rate. With his smarts, he will learn his craft by playing a strong two-way game, and he can get time on the PK.

Read Gronier's complete first-round breakdown here (Insider).

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