Photo: Goaltender Jack Campbell (left) and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak remain the top two prospects in the Stars' pipeline. Oleksiak is one of several young guns who have seen time in the Dallas lineup this season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Despite a bit of flux in recent years from ownership on down, the Dallas Stars have made it a point to restock their organizational depth with quality prospects. They continually bolster one of the better prospect stables in the league and have a great mix of talent and player types that can fill virtually any role that opens up in the organization in the near future.
Photo: Center Gemel Smith has been a key contributor in every situation this season for the Owen Sound Attack, one of the OHL's top teams. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
Despite some major graduations from the junior ranks in recent years, the Dallas Stars pipeline continues to churn mightily, especially at forward. The Stars feature some of the finest forwards in their respective leagues including Brett Ritchie and Radek Faksa in the OHL and Matej Stransky out west. The impressive amount of professional-level depth that the Stars have at forward will soon be augmented by these recently-drafted prospects that could fill a variety of roles within the organization. On the back line, Troy Vance is the lone junior prospect for Dallas and his progression has been that of race-winners – slow and steady. In all, the Stars have eight prospects at the major junior level.
Photo: The off-season acquisition of center prospect Cody Eakin, pictured here with the Washington Capitals, strengthened the the Dallas Stars' organizational depth down the middle. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
After a series of very promising drafts, the Dallas Stars prospect pipeline is glowing radiantly as hockey seasons across the Northern Hemisphere begin to get their respective sea legs before the ponds freeze over this winter. Still lacking a stable full of blue-chip stallions, the club from Dallas can trot out an impressive lineup of high quality players at any position.
Photo: Forward Radek Faksa was the first selection made by the Dallas Stars in the 2012 NHL Draft. A Czech playing in the CHL, Faksa has been compared favorably to 2011 draft pick Gabriel Landeskog. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
As the Dallas Stars continue to shift the focal point of their team and its leadership to its younger players, they took to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh as an opportunity to make some moves and continue to supplement their consistently-growing prospect pool.
Photo: Griffin Reinhart has asserted himself over the course of the 2011-12 season as one of the top blueliners available in a defense heavy draft. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
Here's a look at Hockey's Future's top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League, a group that includes a large batch of elite defensemen.