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As I reported last night on Twitter, the Stars have acquired '95 defenseman Wilson Vershay from the Waterloo Blackhawks. Click here to see the official tweet from the USHL Hockey Ops Twitter account.
Lincoln traded a 3rd round pick in the 2014 Phase 1 (Futures) draft for the rights to Vershay.
Wilson was a 2011 futures pick of the Waterloo Blackhawks. He is a big kid at 6'3", 210 pounds.
The past few seasons, Vershay has played prep hockey in Buffalo (his hometown) for Nichols School. While at Nichols in 2011-12, Vershay was teammates with former Stars futures draft pick Sean Malone, who last season played for Team USA U-18 and will start at Harvard this fall. I've been told that Wilson was named an alternate captain during his junior year at Nichols, and was captain of the team during his senior season (2012-13).
Vershay has been described to me as a big, physical defenseman who is a good skater for his size has a bomb of a slap shot. He is a right-handed shot who plays more of a shutdown role on the blueline. In 2011, Vershay was invited to the NTDP Final 40 Camp, which is the tryout camp for the players that are selected for the next year's NTDP U17 team. You don't get invited to that particular camp unless you are one heck of a player.
I've been told that Brown University showed interest in Vershay a few years ago, but as of today, he has not committed to a college. Wilson was drafted by the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2011 OHL Priority draft, but it appears he is interested in playing in the USHL and keeping his college eligibility.
This was a very interesting move because I thought the Stars were pretty set in terms of the defensemen coming in this season. Lincoln returns Zach Frye, Zack Pittman, Daniel Willett from last season, and they also acquired USHL vets Jared Kolquist (from Sioux City) and Luke Shiplo (from Des Moines). Free agents defensemen Scott Dornbrock, Tony DeVito, and Connor Chambers were protected by the Stars as well.
So with the addition of Vershay, the Stars will likely bring in 9 defenseman during the preseason and will have to cut down to 7-8 by the start of the regular season. Should be quite the battle next month to see who makes the team.
Thoughts on the trade?