07:19 AM ET 07.26 | Longtime Detroit assistant GM Jim Nill knew when he took the job in Dallas he'd have the chance to rebuild the Stars franchise. [Nill] didn't know then that a potential franchise player would eventually fall into his lap when the Stars selected the 10th pick in the draft. ... After concerns over his KHL contract likely compelled some teams to pass on him at the draft, the Stars snapped up the 202-pound [Valeri Nichushkin]. They now plan on giving him every chance to crack the team's roster. "We were excited. I think it's no secret, everybody had him as one of the top three players in the draft," Nill said. "If he was playing [Canadian junior hockey] somewhere in Moose Jaw or Peterborough, he probably would have been a top-three pick. There is risk with the Russian factor, everybody knows that. Where we were picking, he was a player we couldn't pass on. There was just too much there."