Khomitsky played for Russia at the World Championships too. If Dallas can come to a transfer agreement with CSKA, I would expect it to be so and for Khomitsky to make a push at Dallas' roster. If you're play for Russia in the World Championships (and you're not a flashy offensive player) you must be doing something right.
The main reason I left Khomitsky off the Top 20 was because I was doubtful they would get him signed. As far as talent and potential is concerned, he belonged. I'm not really a Dallas "fan" like many of you, but hopefully for the Stars, they can get Khomitsky signed. It'd be too bad if they couldn't get a player of Khomitsky's caliber over to North America for a shot.
Dallas has a nice collection of young defensemen in their stead: Grossman, Khomitsky, Scalzo, Fistric, and Nickerson are a solid start, and of course Daley. Dallas could probably use an elite puckmoving defenseman with some size in their prospect corps, but... Daley and Scalzo are a good start, and Daley plays big, but having a young defenseman like Christian Ehrhoff would be good for Dallas. (No, San Jose won't be dealing Ehrhoff.)
That said, some high end forwards are probably what Dallas needs to invest in most. It's hard when a team is consistently one of the best teams in the NHL and doesn't get a lottery pick too often. The Stars could always try to trade up. They're going to have to start having some Detroit-like drafts. The Red Wings keep finding some good European prospects in the second and mid-rounds.
I don't think signing Mikkonen is a high priority. He's not NHL caliber. I'd be more interested in seeing Naurov and Kukushkin. Kukushkin played for Belarus in the World Championships. It doesn't mean he's NHL-ready by any stretch, but it is a positive sign. (And Holtet played for Norway, but that was expected) Belarus has some good players. When I saw Sergei Kostitsyn on the WJC's, even though he had no points, he was pretty incredible to watch. His brother has the high expectations, but Montreal was very wise to nab Sergei. I feel that Sergei is probably as talented as his brother. I guess Sergei's work ethic was questioned in previous years, but he seems to have gotten it together.
Remember, Mikkonen WILL NOT play 30 games in the NHL next year, and he's later than a second round pick, so that's going to cost Dallas an extra $150,000 in transfer fees. Naurov and Kukushkin don't require any extra cash, and they aren't high end Russians. Dallas might be able to get those two over for a reasonable price. Khomitsky will cost more. (Russia has not signed the PTA and no separate one has been signed)
Good points Kevin. I think they were/are hoping Niskanen is that puck mover. Also Fransson could still develop if they ever get him here(which looks unlikely again this year. I would expect them to lay off the Cunes, Sawadas Crombeens and take afew chances on the Hudler O'sully schremps. They have had their chances to take skill but seemingly always take grit. The Avs had a smart draft last year in a similar situation. I can't imagine Mikkonen gives you anything that cannot be got in NA. I would also think Naslund is worth signing after showing more offense playing on a higher line in the playoffs. He is also big, a plus.
Dallas is at least producing players and Jokinin, Erikkson and Lindgren have top 6 talent. In the new NHl and with no second this year, I would explore about signing Chris Collins as well.
No one would be complaining if it was Polak And O'Sullivan Or Bergeron and O'Sullivan instead.
Who(O'Sullivan) i wanted the Stars before they traded down.
Doesn't Perry have concussion problems?
I would have wanted the stars to draft O'Sullivan if they had the 10th pick. The fack that they passed up on him as many times as they did really bothers me. I think minnesota got itself a huge steal by taking a future allstar center.