Weight: 180 lbs
Jr. Team: Guelph (OHL)
Draft: Selected in the 1st round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars
NHL ETA: 2015-2016
Dickinson entered the 2013 Draft as one of the most intriguing, yet, unpredictable players in the entire class. Despite being labeled as “inconsistent” or “a shot in the dark” type of player by many scouting analyst, he appeared to show signs of pure NHL upside last season playing in the Ontario Hockey League for the Guelph Storm (OHL).
Dickinson’s most known for his impressive agility and creativity with the puck. While having above-average offensive instincts, many believe his defensive and physical attributes could be what makes him an elite-NHL player in years to come.
Appearing in 66 games for Guelph in 2013, he became one of the teams most consistent power-play contributors and excelled tremendously on the penalty-kill as well. Recording 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists), he went on to lead the team with a plus-19 overall rating before getting selected to Canada’s U-18 World Championship Team in April.
Still considered a very “raw” player with size to build and offensive awareness to improve on, he fits the Dallas model where defense comes first. He strikingly resembles a 'Loui Eriksson type' game, but with a far more physical edge to win one-on-one battles along the boards.
As the Stars continue their overload strategy on forward prospects via the Draft - I don't see the need in rushing Dickinson to become the next Loui Eriksson (so to speak). With that being said, he could very well find himself at the tip of the iceberg in terms of breakout potential if given the opportunity to perform at a higher level. While another few seasons in the OHL is more than likely, I wouldn't be surprised if Dickinson finds himself in the vying for a shot with the big club within the next two to three years.
While Dickinson's time will come in due time, there's no getting around the fact that he was the final product of the trade that sent F Jaromir Jagr to Boston in exchange for prospects Cody Payne, Lane MacDermid and a conditional second-round draft pick at April's NHL Trade Deadline.
With the Bruins appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the conditional second-round pick became a first (29th overall) - giving the Stars two selections in the opening round.
Dickinson, selected at 29, will forever be linked to a trade that involved a future Hall of Famer and scorer of over 1,680 career NHL points.