The group of defensemen who are going into camp look strong, something I'm sure Marty Turco is quite happy to see. With Zubov and Boucher able to work the puck in the offensive zone, the Stars have guys like Robidas and Norstrom who are more compelled to look after their own end. This should all be a good fit for this team. You'll probably take a good long look at some of the defensemen in your pool draft.
In my mock draft, which is unpublished (in case you were wondering), only three Stars d-men were selected... Zubov, Boucher and Robidas. Khomitski did get to play in 9 games for Iowa in the AHL, registering 7 points, so he could possibly be a bit of a sleeper pick in the later rounds, if you're looking for someone a little different in rounds 13 & 14.
|Jere Lehtinen||Mike Ribeiro||Jussi Jokinen *|
|Brendan Morrow||Mike Modano||Niklas Hagman|
|Antti Miettinen||Stu Barnes||Loui Eriksson|
|Todd Fedoruk||Jeff Halpern||Joel Lundqvist|
|Sergei Zubov||Phillipe Boucher|
|Stephane Robidas||Trevor Daley|
|Mattias Norstrom||Nolan Baumgartner|
Jussi Jokinen still remains the lone Restricted Free Agent on the Stars' list as he had rejected the Stars' qualifying offer that they gave him before the market opened. Jokinen, 24, will probably be looking for the range of $2 million per season, but will end up with a little less with some good negotiating.
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