As the Dallas Stars continue to shift the focal point of their team and its leadership to its younger players, they took to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh as an opportunity to make some moves and continue to supplement their consistently-growing prospect pool.
On the draft floor, they dealt crafty centerman Mike Ribeiro to the Washington Capitals for Cody Eakin and a second round pick in the draft. Later in the selection process they were able to slide up a few spots in the seventh round to grab a kid who they were very familiar with to say the least.
The Stars came away with nine picks in all including five in the top 75 of the draft. Their scouts have a rather diverse network as it is and made picks from all over the map but all were previously charted territory – until their final pick, a player who, in his draft year, played just seven scoreless games deep in the folds of Russia's tiered system.