The Athletic did a breakdown of somewhat recent drafts, and yes, the Stars had freaking terrible drafts.
If you go by a WAR-based analysis of the 2014-2017 picks, the Stars are next to last with the Rangers being dead last. Those drafts were almost all busts and garbage.
But that wasn't enough. They also wanted to try to do some weighting for where teams were picking so that teams always picking late in the draft aren't taking it in the shorts for failing to draft star players. Then they also tried to look at it on a games played basis to see who is fining guys who are every day players. No matter how they sliced it, the Stars come up as a terrible, terrible drafting team.
After the Rangers, the Dallas Stars might just have the poorest draft record in the league. Among first-round picks in this span, Julius Honka looks like a bust, while Denis Gurianov has delivered underwhelming results for being the 12th overall pick in the star-studded 2015 class. Miro Heiskanen is the exception and Roope Hintz appears to be coming along nicely, but if you extend the Stars’ draft window all the way back to 2009, you can see just how long they’ve struggled at making first-round picks.
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Excluding the Dellandrea pick because that was made just last summer, the Stars have had a whopping eight top-15 picks since 2009 and the only pieces of any real significance they have are Heiskanen and Faksa.
Then they looked at picks after the first round... and the Stars again are 2nd worst in the league, so there was no consolation to be found there.
Then they looked at the current prospect pool by using some prospect rating dude's evaluation, and the Stars have a below average prospect pool. They fall into the category of a team that is winning too much to get good picks yet has a poor prospect pool. When talking about the Panthers, the author wrote, "I’d definitely say that [the Panthers] have a brighter future than say the Stars who look like they’re in a tricky situation in that they’re too good to get high picks yet aren’t true Stanley Cup contenders and have an aging roster with limited help coming through the prospect ranks."https://theathletic.com/1033678/2019/06 ... t-history/
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