Photo: Linkoping defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gustav Forsling has completed his second SHL season, picking up 24 points in 54 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The SHL has in recent years churned out products for NHL bluelines, and the 2015-16 season has been no different. Once again a number of different young veterans and overagers have bloomed to the tune of NHL offers, with former Vancouver Canucks draft pick Henrik Tommernes likely leading the group. Read more»
Photo: the Michigan Wolverines will have to score and defend with a team mentality next season, and Dallas Stars prospect Joseph Cecconi will be an important part of the blueline (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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.
Photo: Julius Honka, who has become an established AHLer before being able to buy a beer in Texas, is no shock as Dallas’s top prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Dallas Stars have been a finely-tuned offensive machine in the 2015-16 season, which is good because the prospect pool is a little short on elite-level talent. Nor is the situation helped by the loss of Brett Pollock to Calgary in the Kris Russell trade, and the graduation of Mattias Janmark. A good mix of intelligent players and useful depth players make up most of the pipeline. Standout players like Julius Honka and power forward Brett Ritchie do provide impact upside.
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Pollock has taken his leadership role seriously in his fourth season of WHL hockey, helping the Edmonton Oil Kings cling to a playoff position in the first part of the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
With so many of the Dallas Stars prospects graduating to the professional game in the last couple of seasons, the junior ranks are as thin as any around. To make matters worse, this group exhibits very little upside as it appears filled with potential bottom-pair, physical defensemen.
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen has nearly equaled his point total from the 2014-15 season through the first third of the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Sheffield Steelers/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The first Swedish Hockey League (SHL) notebook of the 2015-16 season includes a look at the top teams in the league through early season action, plus the highlighting of some significant contributions from NHL prospects or players that could become NHL property before too long. Read more»