The late-season playoff push in places like Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Florida — all teams that were not expected to be in the playoff hunt — pushed several rookies into the spotlight. While all but the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, the fact that all had key contributions from first-year players made for an interesting Calder Trophy selection the 2014-15 season. Read more»
Short on picks, but not on talent, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft saw former General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk take a chance on some high-ceiling players with mixed results to date. John Klingberg’s emergence in a Calder-caliber season has quickly turned into the crown jewel of the group. Anecdotally, the Stars have now had a fifth round draft pick play in the NHL for six straight drafts culminating with this one in 2010 – they did not make a fifth round selection in 2004. With two players still in the organization and one a young star, the upside for this draft remains intact. Read more»
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.