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Stars signs 2013 first-round pick Nichushkin

Jul 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars didn’t waste any time in signing 18-year-old forward Valeri Nichushkin to an entry-level contract.

Dallas grabbed him with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

He got some playing time in the KHL last season and won the 2012-13 Aleksei Cherepanov Award as the league’s top rookie.

“Valeri is a skilled and competitive forward who we feel was at the top of the talent pool in this season’s NHL Draft,” said Stars GM Jim Nill, according to the team’s website. “He spent the last season playing against men in a very strong league and we feel that he can come in and immediately compete for a job at the NHL level.”

Nichushkin has made it clear that he wants to play in the NHL next season. However, he’s expected to return to the KHL over the AHL if he fails to make the team.

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Get to know a draft pick — Valeri Nichushkin

  1. bullwinkle88 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    The Sabres were idiots for not taking this guy. They will regret it.

    • bluesrawesome - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Yeah they will. I read they passed him bc they had concerns of him not playing in the NHL but he’s already proved them wrong by singing his elc and staying in Dallas to train for the summer and try to make the team.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I’m excited to see how the Stars come together this season. They have building block type players in Benn, Seguin, and Nichuskin, to mix with some solid vets. And an All-Star caliber goalie in Lehtonen. They’re gonna be solid down the middle and decent on the blueline. Very possible they reach the playoffs. Nill was an excellent hire.

    • imacdane - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Now if we could just get Schenn or Couturier to center the second line

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Give us Oleksiak and/or Jack Campbell and you can have Schenn haha.

  3. tbbolts91 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Dallas is making all these great moves. I wish Yzerman did the same. . . .

  4. girouxed - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Dallas looking good!

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