The Dallas Stars have one First Round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft at 18th overall. After a season where depth production was lacking, the Stars’ front office should look at finding a promising point producer.
Rookie Miro Heiskanen has been amazing both defensively and offensively but he can’t push the team on his own. Getting some younger producing talent can help the Stars’ push their Stanley Cup dreams even further. So let’s talk about 2 forwards that the Stars should draft with their pick.
Raphaël Lavoie is a 6’4″, 198 lbs forward (both centre and right wing) currently playing for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. Lavoie is a forward that is quick on his feet both mentally and physically. He’s known for his speed and puck possession abilities. He has an amazing shot that can sneak right past a goalie. Lavoie has 73 points in 62 games this season with the Mooseheads.
Lavoie is great at both shooting from the outside and charging the net, which is exactly what the Stars need. He’d bring some speedy, fresh talent onto the Stars’ offense alongside players like Roope Hintz, Jason Dickinson, or Andrew Cogliano.
Ryan Suzuki is a 6’0″, 176 lbs centre currently playing with the Barrie Colts in the OHL. Suzuki has a hockey IQ out of this world. He is a fantastic playmaker with even better hands. Where he stands out from most of Dallas’ lineup is he’s not a real physical player but he doesn’t need to be with the talent he’s got. Suzuki has 75 points in 65 games during this season with the Colts. He always finds a place to sit and grab a goal much like Alexander Radulov and his passes are beautiful.
If Dallas is to draft Suzuki 18th, although he can go higher, and being on the ice with players at his caliber, such as Miro or Tyler Seguin, it would work winders for the Stars’ upcoming seasons.
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