The Boston Bruins survived a scare in the first round of the playoffs, and then made quick work of the New York Rangers in the second round. They have now advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, and that is good news for the Dallas Stars. When the Stars sent veteran forward Jaromir Jagr to the Bruins at the trade deadline, they received a 2013 second round pick in return. That pick was conditional, and now that the Bruins have made it past two rounds of the playoffs, it becomes a first round pick.
The Bruins’ first round pick will fall somewhere between 27-30 and will be a great complement to the 10th overall pick the Stars already have. With new GM Jim Nill coming in with a stellar draft track record during his tenure with the Detroit Red Wings, things look pretty good for the Stars. This year’s draft is incredibly deep, and Dallas may be able to add some young scoring talent or an impact defenseman.
The Stars will also likely have a new head coach in place by the time the draft rolls around, and two first round picks will give whoever that is a chance to find some impact players early into their time with the team. On 11 games with the Bruins, Jagr scored two goals and had nine points. He only has four points in 12 playoff games and if the Stars are able to find some gems in this year’s draft, the trade may end up working out in their favor as they try and return to the playoffs next season.