Where are they now? Only one true NHL bust to be found in Stars’ last 10 first-round draft picks

The Stars struck lottery gold last year moving up from the eighth spot to No. 3 and were able to select defenseman Miro Heiskanen, which made him the highest pick taken by the franchise since Mike Modano in 1988.

This year, the team had no such luck this year in the lottery. Saddled at the No. 13 spot of the first round, Dallas selected 17-year-old center Ty Dellandrea.

Let’s take a look at how the Stars’ first-round picks that preceded the Toronto-product have fared:

2017: Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall)

Position: Defenseman
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

The last year for Heiskanen has included runs in the World Junior Championships, World Championships, and the Olympics with Finland’s national team. Now the question is will he make the Stars opening roster for the 2018-19 season?

NHL stats
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2017: Jake Oettinger (No. 26 overall)

Position: Goalie

NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

Oettinger returned to Boston University to work on his game after his selection in the draft last year. He played 38 games in his sophomore season with a 2.45 GAA and .915 save percentage. The Stars retain his rights until 30 days after he leaves college.

NHL stats
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2016: Riley Tufte (No. 25 overall)

Position: Center
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

Tufte put his NHL dream on hold as well to go play hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he has made two Frozen Four trips in two seasons including a national championship victory in 2018.

Add in the pick in this year’s draft, and Dallas will have four top picks in the last two calendar years that haven’t even begun to explore their potential with the organization.

NHL stats
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2015: Denis Gurianov (No. 12 overall)

Position: Right wing
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

Gruianov has spent the last two seasons with the AHL’s Texas Stars scoring 61 points (31 goals, 30 assists), and made a brief appearance with the big club during the 2016-17 season.

NHL stats
1 game played | 0 points [0 goals, 0 assists] | Minus-1

2014: Julius Honka (No. 14 overall)

Position: Defenseman
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

After two years with the Texas Stars, Honka made his NHL debut in the latter part of the 2016-17 season. He split time between the two teams again this past season. Despite the #FreeHonka movement from some fans, with Esa Lindell, John Klingberg, Stephen Johns and the rest of the defensive group on the roster, Honka’s spot moving forward is still unclear.

NHL stats
58 games played | 9 points [2 goals, 7 assists] | Minus-5

2013: Valeri Nichushkin (No. 10 overall)

Position: Right wing
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

Nichuskin has already spent three seasons in a Stars uniform from 2013-16, making two playoff appearances. But when contract negotiations failed after his entry deal expired, he returned to Russia to continue his career in the KHL while Dallas retained his NHL rights. Nichushkin just turned 23 and could now be better prepared for NHL play after two seasons with CSKA Moscow. Nichushkin was fourth on his team in scoring this season with 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 52 games.

NHL stats
166 games played | 64 points [23 goals, 41 assists] | Plus-17

2013: Jason Dickinson (No. 29 overall)

Position: Center
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

Dickinson has bounced between the Texas Stars (173 games played) and Dallas Stars (38 games played) for the past three seasons, usually being called up when injuries dictate. The front office may love him, but he’ll need to win over the new coaching staff to earn more playing time at the NHL level.

NHL stats
38 games played | 5 points [3 goals, 2 assists] | Minus-4

2012: Radek Faksa (No. 13 overall)

Position: Center
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Dallas Stars

It took a few years for Faksa to reach the NHL. He didn’t debut with the Stars until the 2015-16 season. But since his arrival, it would be hard to find someone who doesn’t think he has earned his spot. Faksa has appeared in at least 79 games the past two seasons, and has impressed with every facet of his game, becoming one of the Stars’ best picks in recent memory.

(He also scored one of the filthiest goals in recent Stars memory.)

NHL stats
204 games played | 78 points [34 goals, 44 assists] | Plus-24

2011: Jamie Oleksiak (No. 14 overall)

Position: Defenseman
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Oleksiak spent part of six seasons with the Dallas Stars, but only appeared in 140 games in that span. Stuck in the middle of a young group of defensemen, Oleksiak never claimed a permanent role in the Stars’ defensive rotation, and was traded to Pittsburgh in December 2017. He played in 47 games as a Penguin in 2018, more games than any single season as a Star.

NHL stats
187 games played | 36 points [11 goals, 25 assists] | Minus-10

2010: Jack Campbell (No. 11 overall)

Position: Goalie
NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars
Current NHL team: Los Angeles Kings

Campbell was one of the top goalie prospects in the 2010 draft, and Dallas made him the first goalie taken at No. 11. The high pick did not pay off for the Stars. Campbell only appeared in one regular season game as a member of the Dallas Stars, a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in 2013. He was traded to Los Angeles in 2016.

NHL stats
7 games played [5 starts] | 2 wins, 1 loss | 2.94 GAA | .914 save percent