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: Carolina Hurricanes forward prospect Sergey Tolchinsky was named to the OHL’s Third All-Star Team following his 95-point season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
While he was growing up in Russia, Sergey Tolchinsky dreamed of playing in the NHL.
He looked up to NHL players like Pavel Bure and Pavel Datsyuk, and he wasn’t afraid to circle the globe and work on his craft in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, even though he was a first-round pick in the 2012 KHL Draft. Read more»
Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Scorers and score stoppers make up the majority of the Dallas Stars’ junior prospect contingent. With goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Brent Moran in prominent roles out east and noteworthy scorers like Cole Ully and Brett Pollock in the west, the Stars are represented well across Canadian Major Juniors. Many of their prospects have moved on from junior programs at this point and, as a result, they have fewer players developing in the CHL.
Photo: Curtis McKenzie, the AHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, will likely split his time between the AHL and NHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images
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.
Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown. Read more»