Round 1: Jack Campbell, 11th Overall
I’m sure many of us Stars fans were initially surprised to see Joe take Jack Campbell, one of the American heroes at World Juniors. At first, I was furious with GM Joe for taking a goalie since defense is our biggest need AND Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley somehow fell dramatically. But I’m so over that now.
Campbell’s a good kid, who also happens to idolize Marty Turco. He’s big in size and in heart. He’s a guy we can count on to be a team player. This could turn out to be a great pick. Next year, and probably the year after that, Campbell.
Round 2: Patrik Nemeth, 41st Overall
Nemeth is a big, Swedish defenseman, who’s a lot like Nick Grossman. Here’s what LA Kings scout, Todd Woodcroft, had to say about Nemeth:
Already a man, going to play in the elite league next year. Good prospect too.
Round 3: Alex Guptill, 77th Overall
Guptill’s a left winger, which makes this an odd draft choice. But he’s big and won’t be ready for a few years, so that helps. God knows we don’t need another left wing at the moment.
Round 4: Alex Theriau, 109th Overall
Theriau’s another defenseman, thank God. He’s big at 6-2, but could fill out a little bit. He looks promising.
Round 5: John Klingberg
Another Swedish defenseman, this one is the younger brother of Atlanta’s prospect, Carl Klingberg. The scouts are hoping that he’ll be another Philip Larsen-like find.
All in all, I think this was a good draft for the Stars. GM Joe made a smart decision in trading our initial third round pick at 61st to nab another pick. While none of these guys will be NHL ready for a few years, at least the group looke promising.