Defensive prospects are like pitching prospects, you can never EVER have too many, and that is exactly what GM Jim Nill had in mind when the 105th pick in the NHL Draft was made and the Dallas Stars selected Michael Prapavessis of the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots from the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Listed at 6 foot 1 inch and 180 pounds, Prapavessis is a very smart defenseman, and has what Jim Nill says "The decision-making skills to make up for a lack of size" Prapavessis has matured in his time in the OJHL, becoming a reliable power play distributor, being able to read the play and make cerebral decisions in quick time periods, shown by the 49 assists Prapavessis racked up in the 2013-14 season with the Patriots.
However, the road to Dallas won't be easy for the 18 year old Prapavessis, with so many other great D-men in the Stars organization like Jamie Oleksiak, Maxime Fortunus, Patrik Nemeth among many others including the Stars first round pick Julius Honka.
Prapavessis, who was named the OJHL's top defenseman for the 2013-14 season, is definitely a long term project, he's got superb
feel and hockey sense, an above average offensive game, and a quality outlet pass, but also has a fairly weak shot, and non existent physicality, remember he is just 18, when his body fully matures, he will be a high quality defenseman for the Stars and their lower affiliates.
This NHL Draft update has been brought to you by The Law Offices of Kimberly J. Munson & Cookies in Bloom in Lewisville.