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It's NHL mock draft time!

3/5/2010

ESPN.com already has a mock draft up for 2010. You have to be a subscriber to read the whole thing (and that's worth it, if you ask me), but here's what they are saying about the Stars' possibilities. For now, they put Dallas at pick No. 14. Of course, things are always changing.

As the story notes, Anaheim could end up with two picks in the top dozen depending on where the Flyers' pick falls. The Ducks have that first rounder as part of the Chris Pronger deal. Here's what they said about the Stars:

Stars: LW Kirill Kabanov, Moncton (QMJHL)

Kabanov's season looked like it was going to be a Connolly-like washout because of a wrist injury. Just a few weeks ago, the word in the scouting ranks was that Kabanov was making no progress in his recovery and was going to be shut down for the season. When Kabanov sought out another opinion on his injury, a cyst showed up. Once it was removed, he was back in the lineup for the Wildcats. Like teammate Brandon Gormley, Kabanov can get a bounce from a good playoff performance and frequent viewings by NHL scouts. A skilled player -- occasionally he ventures into his own zone -- some scouts have him in the top five on their lists. Then again, that doesn't factor in their team's ability to sign or keep a Russian prospect (see Alex Radulov, Filatov, etc).

Just off this board lurk the Ducks (from Philadelphia), Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, all of whom could leap into the lottery if they (or in Anaheim's case, the Flyers) slide out of the playoffs. The Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary) are also in play for the last couple of slots.