With the 23rd overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft the Dallas Stars selected Windsor Spitfires Centre Wyatt Johnston! Congratulations to you and your family, Wyatt!
“It feels amazing, it is something I have been dreaming of for as long as I can remember.” Wyatt Johnston started. “I cant wait to get started and I am so excited.”
Johnston spoke with GM Nill and Stars forward Jamie Benn, he said he was starstruck to hear Jamie was calling him and it was a very special moment.
Written by: Kyle Shohara (Digital Manager for DallasStars.com and writes about the Stars/NHL).
With the 23rd overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Stars selected Wyatt Johnston on Friday from Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 6-foot-1, 178-pound center ranked tied for 10th among OHL rookies in goals (12) and 14th in points (30) in 53 games with the Spitfires during the 2019-20 season.
Prior to selecting Johnston, the Stars traded the 15th overall pick to Detroit for the 23rd, 48th and 138th overall picks.
On the international stage, the Toronto native helped Team Canada earn a gold medal at the 2021 Under-18 World Championship (held at Comerica Center and Children’s Health StarCenter Plano) with four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games. Johnston, 18, also skated for Canada Red at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he co-led the team with five points (three goals, two assists) in five games.
Johnston entered the draft as the No. 16-ranked North American skater.
Scouting Report (from NHL.com):
Intelligent player. An excellent skater with quickness and strength on his skates. He plays a full 200-foot game. Offensive tools to make plays in tight, off the rush or beat defenders one-on-one. Possesses a high hockey IQ — reads the play exceptionally well from both sides of the puck. A versatile player who can contribute effectively in multiple roles and situations.