The Dallas Stars announced today that they have acquired Edmonton’s third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Mark Fistric.
The move is an interesting one, and it most likely indicates that the Stars are willing to give a young defensemen the opportunity to lock down Fistric’s job. The most obvious candidate in this case would be Brendan Dillon, who has impressed in other opportunities he’s been given at other levels.
It’s also a good sign for players like Jordie Benn and Philip Larsen, who might stick at the NHL level because of the move. They’ll both be looking to impress in the lockout-shortened training camp this week.
The move could be good for Fistric, as well, who clearly had stagnated in Dallas. He’ll get a chance at a fresh start with the Oilers, and should fit their style nicely.
Fistric, 26, has spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Stars, skating in 257 career NHL games and has earned 23 points (3G-20A) with 220 penalty minutes in that span. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound defenseman, led all Dallas defensemen with 235 hits last season and ranked third on the team with 105 blocked shots.
The Edmonton, Alta., native was Dallas’ first-round selection (28th overall) in 2004.