With the playoffs underway, the Dallas Stars have proven adept at acquiring top-shelf NHL talent under General Manager Jim Nill, who has now been at the helm for three years. Other avenues of procurement have yet to pay such immediate dividends, but the Stars have some good players in every major league – including college hockey and the European leagues. Although some of the players are off the radar for the casual fan – and perhaps even management – others put together some encouraging work in the 2015-16 season.
Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more»
The 2015-16 Liiga season officially begins on Friday with a slate of seven games. Hockey’s Future previewed some of the better clubs heading into the season in part 1 of the Liiga preview, while part 2 will cover the remaining teams that have some work to do to get back amongst the upper tier of the league. 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.
The churning out of quality prospects continues for the Dallas Stars organization. General manager Jim Nill will be looked upon to continue to bolster a very strong and deep organizational depth chart that has few glaring weaknesses at this point in time. With the Texas Stars (AHL) contingent set to defend a title and the Dallas team looking to make a bigger playoff push, the pressure is on this impressive group of youngsters.