While the pile of young defensive talent is large in the Dallas Stars’ organization, defensive talent with a right-handed shot was hard to come by last season.

The Stars beefed up that area by taking Julius Honka with the 14th overall pick in the first round of Friday’s NHL Draft in Philadelphia.

Honka, an 18-year-old from Finland, gives the Stars a right-handed shot with a knack for offensive production.

“The other thing we’re missing is a power-play-quarterback kind of defenseman,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Julius kind of takes care of both of those. He’s highly skilled. He moves the puck well. He’s a right shot. He can run the power play, so we’re excited about his potential.”

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 181-pounder made the transition to North American hockey, joining the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League where he scored 16 goals and had 56 points in 62 games.