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Stars could draft QMJHL Rookie of the Year Abramov

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The Stars take inconsistent, but ocassionally stunning, Russian Vitaly Abramov in the Hockey Wilderness Mock Draft.

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The Stars have built a playoff team through trades. Some teams build contenders with drafting and developing, and while Jamie Benn and John Klingberg were drafted by the Stars, other impact members of the Stars were obtained through trades or free agency: Seguin, Sharp, Lehtonen, Niemi, and Oduya, just to name a few.

The main needs of the Dallas prospect pool is a need for high powered offensive players and elite goaltending. Two summers ago, the Stars drafted Julius Honka, who has potential to be a successful offensive defensemen. Honka tallied 44 points in 73 games last season, his second full pro season and is progressing nicely. Radek Faksa appears to be an effect NHL player, and was a good pick by the Stars in 2012, but he doesn’t have first line potential.

The most promising goaltending prospect they currently have in their pool is Jack Campbell, who has struggled to begin his pro career. Last season for the Texas Stars, Campbell played only 19 games and had a save percentage of .884, which does not show a lot of NHL potential. My favorite goaltender in this year’s draft class is Carter Hart, who had a dominant year for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips. But even if the Stars think about drafting Evan Fitzpatrick or Filip Gustavsson, who are generally more highly ranked than Hart, late in the first round is probably still too early any of these goalies, even one of the best goalies in this draft.

Because a goalie does not see a reasonable pick for the first round, I could certainly see the Stars picking offensive talent.  Vitaly Abramov is certainly has a lot of talent.

The Pick: Vitaly Abramov

When Vitaly Abramov is good, he’s really, really good.  This Russian player spent his first season in North America last year, playing for the Gatineau Olympiques. He earned Rookie of the Year honors for the QMJHL.

Corey Pronman calls him a

"Well-rounded offensive player with a lot of flair to his game. Abramov is a skilled, confident puck handler who can make dynamic stick plays with consistency."

ISS Scout B. Johnson described his as

"More of an offensive zone player where he sees the ice well and able to change direction quickly. Very hard to take him out of the play."

Abramov described his own game in an interview posted on The Hockey Writers:

"I'm not big, therefore I try to use my intelligence, perseverance, good skating abilities. I don’t think that my size is a negative thing. I’m trying to make an advantage of my skills and work on my weaker sides."

He does have some areas of weakness. Future Considerations says the following about the young forward:

"Consistency is Abramov’s main area that needs improvement as he seems to only play two  periods of a game right now. You can spend an entire period looking for the skilled winger before he has a couple shifts that blow your socks off."

Would the Wild pick him?

It would be a reach for the Wild to take Abramov, but I do like his offensive focus. I don’t think his inconsistency would be appreciated and it is something he will have to improve with any team if he wants to be an NHL mainstay. I cannot see the Wild drafting this offensive talent, particularly with a fourteenth overall pick.