The Dallas Stars, amid management and coaching changes, have gathered quite an impressive herd of prospects in recent years. The aforementioned front office changes obviously have a trickle-down effect with regard to the on-ice product and as a result, many of these terrific prospects have gotten at least a taste of NHL action.
Despite a resolute late push by the now-younger Dallas Stars in the regular season, they were unable to clinch a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season. And once again, upheaval was afoot. The Stars sacked head coach Glen Gulutzan after two seasons but not before canning general manager Joe Nieuwendyk as well. Conversely, at the minor league level, the Texas Stars enjoyed a very successful regular season and won a playoff round.
The Boston Bruins have used the NHL draft, trades, and free agency to populate their prospect pool with a diverse group of players who are at various stages of their development. The emphasis recently has been on solidifying their defense and goaltending, with those two positions now deep in talent and among the strengths of the organization.
Under GM Peter Chiarelli, the Boston Bruins have demonstrated a preference for drafting players out of the OHL. Of their six prospects developing at the junior level, all but one are playing in the league and among that group is are prized prospects Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban. The lone non-OHL, junior prospect is defenseman Matt Benning who is playing in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, a team Chiarelli happens to co-own.