2014 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars select Julius Honka with the No. 14 overall pick

Bruce Bennett

With the No. 14 overall pick in the NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars have selected Julius Honka of Finland.

With the No. 14 overall pick in the NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars have selected Julius Honka of Finland.

Honka, a defenseman listed at 5'11, spent last year playing for the Swift Current of the Western Hockey League. He posted a line of 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points, and has plenty of offensive upside as the Stars continue to stockpile young talent a year after returning to the postseason. And at only 18 years old, Honka will have plenty of time to develop as Dallas continues to its blue line.

From ISS:

Honka's development in Swift Current was extremely beneficial to him individually. He earned significant minutes in crucial offensive situations early into the season and become a very reliable producer for the Broncos. While not the biggest player, Honka is very adept at getting in the way defensively and he does not need much time or space to turn the puck up ice and into a dangerous opportunity for his teammates. Honka excels with time and space on the line and while he can prove to be fairly elusive and poised under pressure, giving him space is asking for trouble. Honka has great vision and can find and create options when the puck is on his stick.

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