Though the Dallas Stars fell short of a playoff berth in 2015, many prospects put themselves a step closer to being able to help the cause at the NHL level. Some Stars prospects actually received a fair bit of playing time in the show and that is reflected in this year’s awards. The most resounding example being young defenseman John Klingberg, who has been just what the doctor ordered on a Dallas Stars attack needing a big time puck mover.
Emergence and trades combined with accelerated arcs and stalling players have mixed up the Dallas Top 20 prospect list quite a bit. With two slick, offensive-minded defensemen leading the way followed by some monsters in the middle portion of the list, the Stars continue to boast an eclectic mix of youngsters. While there are some projects hovering in the ranks, there is a lot of experience as well, as seven of these 20 have participated in an NHL contest.
The Dallas Stars have begun to really tap in to their prospect pipeline. Particularly, John Klingberg has quickly become a major contributor to the club after blowing through the AHL in short order. No Dallas skater plays more at even strength than Klingberg this year. Young wingers and defensemen abound both in the NHL and at the World Junior Championships. Read more»
It has been a trying year for many in the Stars’ minor league affiliates. In the AHL the high amount of roster turnover and personnel changes has left Texas a lesser group than the Calder Cup champions of a year ago. Derek Laxdal is struggling to get ideal hockey out of this group and the frustration has been evident at times. Many prospects have not taken major steps forward in the first half of the season, but as adaptation occurs, the potential still exists for this talented group to emerge.
Scorers and score stoppers make up the majority of the Dallas Stars’ junior prospect contingent. With goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Brent Moran in prominent roles out east and noteworthy scorers like Cole Ully and Brett Pollock in the west, the Stars are represented well across Canadian Major Juniors. Many of their prospects have moved on from junior programs at this point and, as a result, they have fewer players developing in the CHL.