Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak split his time between the NHL and AHL in 2015-16, appearing in just 19 games for Dallas and eight games for the Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Dallas Stars went to St. Paul, Minnesota looking at physical tools and going after players with size in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Dallas drafted a pair of tall defensemen (Jamie Oleksiak and Troy Vance) that each topped 6’5″, while they also loaded up on a pair of power forwards in Brett Ritchie and Matej Stransky. Read more»
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa, the 13th pick of the 2012 Draft, was brought along slowly but emerged during the playoffs (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill believes that it’s best to have prospects “over ripen” and over develop in the AHL. Although Dallas fell short in this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the patience paid off as AHL players made instant impacts for the NHL club.
Photo: Julius Honka, who has become an established AHLer before being able to buy a beer in Texas, is no shock as Dallas’s top prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Dallas Stars have been a finely-tuned offensive machine in the 2015-16 season, which is good because the prospect pool is a little short on elite-level talent. Nor is the situation helped by the loss of Brett Pollock to Calgary in the Kris Russell trade, and the graduation of Mattias Janmark. A good mix of intelligent players and useful depth players make up most of the pipeline. Standout players like Julius Honka and power forward Brett Ritchie do provide impact upside.
Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie appeared in 31 NHL games in the 2014-15 season but is still waiting for his call-up in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Two of the best power forwards in the AHL’s Pacific Division are constantly communicating.
Sometimes it is via text, other times it is a quick call. When they don’t directly communicate, one is often watching the other’s game online or checking the box score on the AHL website. Read more»
Photo: Despite struggles early in his career with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Dallas Stars prospect Mattias Backman has started to come along as a pro (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
The Dallas Stars organization is brimming with potential in their minor pro ranks. With many recent draft picks graduated from the junior and collegiate ranks, their AHL club is practically overflowing with potential. As a result, the junior and collegiate ranks are a little short on upside, but the proximity of their best and brightest is promising and exciting for management and fans alike.