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NHL Draft 2012 Results: What This Means for the Future of the Dallas Stars

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Mike Riberio #63 of the Dallas Stars handles the puck against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on October 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Mitchell KlempContributor IIJune 25, 2012

The draft lived up to the hype starting on Friday night with a big trade. Now that it is all wrapped up, it is time to take a look at the haul Joe Nieuwendyk & Co. pulled in over the weekend.

To start off the first round, the Dallas Stars shipped center Mike Ribeiro to Washington in return for center Cody Eakin and a second-round pick.

Trading Ribeiro was a great move for the Stars. He only managed to win 42.2 percent of his face offs for the season. Losing that many draws was like throwing a wrench into any offensive momentum built up throughout the game.

The Ribeiro trade seemed like it really shaped the rest of the draft for the Stars.

Most thought if Cody Ceci was still available he would be the Stars' choice with the 13th pick. Instead, they took center Radek Faska. Had the Capitals not traded for Ribeiro, the Stars might have continued what seemed to be a never-ending run of defensemen.

NHL Network and TSN had projected Faska the No. 2 center available in the draft. Since the Stars needed defense and help in the middle, they opted for the second-best center as opposed to the third or fourth best offensive defenseman.

Along with adding the youth of Eakin, the Stars also used the trade to free up even more cap space. Moving Ribeiro creates more freedom financially to pursue big-named free agents. The fact that the Stars didn’t take many defensemen should put Ryan Suter at the top of that list.

Four of the Stars' first six picks were used on centers. Adding depth to the position will give Dallas options to switch up last year’s horrendous power play unit as well.

Over the weekend, the Stars showed that they want to become one of the league’s top franchises. The front office being led by Nieuwendyk and Bob Gainey are going all-in to relive their Stanley Cup days.

Having an owner to back the front office finally frees up the Stars to make big moves. Trading their top center is only a ripple compared to the noise the Stars plan to make on July 1st. This weekend was like a return party to the list of the competitive franchises for Dallas.

Contact Mitch Klemp at MitchKlemp@yahoo.com and follow him on twitter @MeestaMitch

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