The NHL Draft is being held at the American Airlines Center this weekend. The festivities include concerts and a fan fest featuring interactive exhibits and autograph sessions.
And, of course, the draft itself, where dozens of hockey prospects will realize their dreams in becoming an NHL player.
When is it?
Friday, Round 1 — 6:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN
Saturday, Rounds 2-7 — 10 a.m. CT, NHLN
What picks do the Dallas Stars have?
Round 1: No 13
Round 2: No. 44
Round 3: No. 75
Round 4: Nos. 100 and 106
Round 5: No. 137
Round 6: No. 168
Round 7: No. 199
Five names to know.
1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frolunda (Sweden). Dahlin is the consensus top prospect in the draft, being regarded as the best defensive prospect in the past quarter-century. In other words, the Buffalo Sabres have an easy decision to make with the No. 1 pick.
Dahlin will join Hall of Famer Mats Sundin as the only other Swede to be taken No. 1 overall.
2. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie. Svechnikov is expected to go second overall to the Carolina Hurricanes and has star potential. He netted 40 goals in 44 games for Barrie, and some believe he could become a 20-goal scorer in his rookie season.
The Russian’s older brother, Evgeny Svechnikov, was a first-round draft pick in 2015 by the Detroit Red Wings.
3. Filip Zadina, LW, Halifax. Most believe Zadina will be the Montreal Canadiens choice at No. 3. It makes sense, too, as Zadina is coming off a season in which he scored 82 points in 57 games, and the Canadiens need more offensive firepower.
The Czechs have a strong history of producing elite players, and Zadina should be the next in line.
4. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University. Talk about the right lineage. His dad, Keith, played 19 seasons in the NHL and scored 538 goals and 1,065 points. His brother, Matthew, was a top-10 pick by the Calgary Flames in 2016.
Brady has the potential to be the best of the family, though. And he’s one of the highest-touted Americans in the draft.
5. Joel Farabee, LW, U.S. U18. This is a player who has been linked to the Stars in various mock drafts. The problem, of course, is nobody knows how the draft is going to unfold by the time the Stars are on the clock at No. 13.
But Farabee makes sense if he’s still on the board. He is a scorer who would provide an immediate impact on a team that was tied for 18th in goals scored last season (2.82 goals for per game).