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.
"Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years…"
Although the QMJHL is a long way from its 1990's heyday, when it regularly knocked out similar junior leagues when it came to the development of NHL goaltending prospects, the league currently boasts nine netminders who have been drafted or signed by NHL clubs. This number was bolstered by a bumper crop of five current QMJHL goalies drafted in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Jérôme Rayomond, Maxime Lagacé and Philippe Halley were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for the period spanning from October 10th to the 16th.
Jérôme Raymond, the Drummondville Voltigeurs centre, is the first star. Thursday, against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for a total of 4 points in a 5-1 victory. He was named the 1st star of the game. Saturday, against the Halifax Mooseheads, he scored one goal and registered an assist. Raymond finished the week with one assist in a 4-3 overtime victory against the P.E.I. Rocket. His line on the week: 3 goals, 4 assists and a +/- of +3.
Maxime Lagacé, the P.E.I. Rocket goaltender, is the second star. Friday, Lagacé was named the first start of the game after making 35 saves in a 2-1 victory against the Moncton Wildcats. Sunday, versus the Drummondville Voltigeurs, he stopped 44 of the 48 shots, earning the third star of the game. The netminder helped the Rocket collect 3 out of a possible 4 points in the standings this weekend. He maintained a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage.
BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, September 21, 2009 – Chicoutimi Saguenéens forward Jacob Lagacé and Gatineau Olympiques goaltender Maxime Clermont today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from September 14 to 20.
Lagacé registered three goals and three assists in only two games, helping the Saguenéens earn three valuable points in the league standings. Moreover, he directed twelve shots on net and posted a +1 rating. Lagacé enjoyed his best game of the week on Friday, collecting four points in a 6-4 win over the Victoriaville Tigres. Chicoutimi is second in the TELUS Eastern division standings.
Marc-Olivier Vallerand (Remparts), Marc-Olivier Vachon (Voltigeurs) and Steven Anthony (Sea Dogs) were also considered.
As for Clermont, he collected two wins in two starts, posting a 1.00 goals-against-average and .964 save percentage. Furthermore, he managed to shutout the Foreurs at the air Creebec Centre on Sunday by stopping 23 shots in a 3-0 victory. The Olympiques have yet to lose a game so far this season (4-0).
Hubert Genest (Junior), Nicholas Champion (Titan) and Adrien Lemay (MAINEiacs) were also strong candidates.