There were no lucky Stars for Dallas to thank on Wednesday night.
The Stars did not win either the No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the upcoming NHL draft, and will select 14th when the first round begins on July 23. Dallas entered the night with the 15th-best odds to win one of the top two picks, but moved up a selection due to Arizona’s forfeiture of its first-round pick.
Buffalo won the first pick and expansion Seattle will pick second. Anaheim dropped from second to third, while all other teams remained in their slots.
Entering the lottery, the Stars had a 1.4% chance of winning the first pick, 1.5% chance of winning the second pick, 95.0% chance of staying where they were, and a 2.1% chance of dropping a pick.
At No. 14, it is the highest draft pick for the Stars since 2018, when they selected center Ty Dellandrea at No. 13. In the last two years, Dallas picked Mavrik Bourque at No. 30 in 2020 and Thomas Harley at No. 18 in 2019.
The Stars have picked No. 14 twice in franchise history, and picked defensemen both times. Dallas plucked Julius Honka in that slot in 2014 and Jamie Oleksiak at No. 14 in 2011.
Also for the first time since 2018, the Stars have a selection in each of the seven rounds. They only had nine combined picks the last two years.