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The dust has settled on the 2022 NHL draft. For the Dallas Stars there were needs that we’re addressed, and a brother who plays for a rival in the St. Louis blues was drafted. Amongst the draft picks four of the six are defensemen. With a goalie, and a and a right winger to round out the selection.

Lian Bichsel

For the first pick of the draft, the Stars selected Lian Bichsel. A big right handed defenseman from Switzerland. Known to see the game well, and uses his size to his advantage. Has a first round material sounding scouting report to boot.

“A big, physically strong defenseman who has improved a lot since taking a regular spot in the Swedish Hockey League. Surprisingly mature game for his age. Moves well for a player of his size. Plays a safe, solid two-way game. Moves the puck well with a quick first pass. A good, honest competitor at his best when he keeps his game safe and simple. A consistent player who plays at the same high level game after game. Solid and at times aggressive in front of the net. Wins battles using his size and vision. Plays with a lot of confidence.”

The other three defensemen

Along with drafting Lian Bichsel, the Stars stuck to their guns in addressing defense first. They also went on to draft the brother of a rival. For their second pick, Dallas drafted Christian Kyrou. Brother of St. Louis Blues forward, Jordan Kyrou. Withing the next few years we very well could see the Kyrou brothers not only going head to head in the regular season playing on rival teams, but in the playoffs as well. Time will tell, but first Christian will need time to develop in the minors before he’s NHL ready. Hopefully playing with the guys in victory green.

George Fegares, and Gavin White were the other two defensemen drafted. Fegares was taken in the third round, and eighty third overall. The defenseman out of the OJHL was nearly a point per game player with the North York Rangers.

Gavin White hails from the OHL. Played for the Hamilton Bulldogs,and looks to be another offensive defenseman. Averaged nearly a point per game in the playoffs. Either Fegares or White could be seen as a steal in the draft in the coming years.The goalie

For the man in net, the Stars drafted Maxim Mayorov. Russian goalie out of Russia hockey league the NHL, and played for Ladia Togliatti. The highlight of his resume in Russia thus far is an impressive save percentage of .931 in thirty two games.

The right winger

Matthew Seminoff was drafted in the sixth round. 179th overall. Stars Director of Amateur Scouting Joe Mcdonnell appreciated Seminoff’s hard work.

“Real character kid,” McDonnell said after the draft. “Hockey’s in his blood. It’s a 24/7-type thing. Him and [Logan] Stankoven are pretty tight and spend an awful lot of time after practice, in the weight room and on the ice doing extra things. He has to be a little bit more consistent, which will come, but his work ethic is what sets him apart.”



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Conclusion

Draft results are in league wide, and so are the grades of media critics. Including the folks at odds checker. Giving the Dallas Stars a C+ overall. The site was not too high on the Stars overall. Giving the team props for only the first round draft pick, Lian Bichsel. This is all just speculation, or how the draftees look on paper. Time will tell how well these guys translate to the NHL, and whether they will make the league or if they even get traded for other assets.

For now we can enjoy the speculation, and the conversation starters with other Stars fans, or fans of hockey in general.

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