Scott Winkler

Hometown:

Asker Norway

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Birthday:

1990-02-22

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (89th overall), 2008

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Winkler spent the season in Kansas City with a U.S. AAA Midget team called the Russell Stover Stars.  He notched 40 goals and 92 points in 70 games for them en route to being drafted by the Stars in the third round.  He had a team-leading seven points and a plus-six for Norway at the U18 World Juniors in five games.  His efforts led Norway to the top-tier (Group A) for the 2009 U18 WJC’s.

2008-09: Winkler made the move to the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders(USHL). In 55 games Winkler scored 10 goals and added 26 assists. In 5 playoff he picked up just 2 assists. He also represented Norway at the U20 level, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists in 5 games.

2009-10: Winkler moved on to the NCAA, playing in his Freshman year with Colorado College(NCAA). In 21 games he managed just 1 goal and 1 assist. He once again represented Norway at the U20-D1 level, scoring 6 goals and 8 assists in just 5 games.

2010-11: Scott Winkler got off to a slow start this season but finished quite strong.  He notched just nine points in 26 games but he’s been better than his numbers indicate.  He’s struggled to string together a handful of really good games without being derailed in some way, shape or form.  Hopefully injury woes are held at bay and Winkler can polish up that raw potential as an older player at Colorado College.  Even if the numbers don’t tell the whole story, four goals in 47 career NCAA games is still underwhelming.

2011-12: Winkler alternated between the top two lines for Colorado College in his junior season – skating at times with Jaden (STL) and Rylan Schwartz and later in the year with senior captain Nick Dineen and Alexander Krushelnyski. He scored 7 goals with 17 assists – both career-highs – and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes. After getting off to a fast start (10-5-0), the Tigers struggled in the second half of the season – finishing fifth in the WCHA and were swept by Michigan Tech in the opening round of the WCHA tournament.

 

Talent Analysis

Winkler is already pretty big, ideal for the style of game he plays.  There really aren’t too many weaknesses, but nothing outstanding either.  His skating is above average and so are his hands.  He generally plays a determined game and shows responsibility in both ends of the ice.  Winkler’s attention to detail at both ends is an essential part of his game.  His drive and attitude are also keys to his impending success.  It’s yet to be seen how he handles increasing physical play as his moves up the ranks.  It seems unlikely that he has the tools to be a consistent offensive threat, so he needs to find a niche that will make him valuable to an NHL club.

Potential: Two-way 2nd/3rd liner, like a less physical Dan Fritsche.

 

Future

Scott Winkler passed away on June 12th, 2013 at the age of 23. Hockey's Future passes along our condolences to the Winkler family and to the Dallas Stars' organization.

 

 

Europe and NCAA well-represented in Dallas Stars prospect pool

by Mike Farkas
on

Curtis McKenzie - Miami Redhawks

Photo: Senior winger Curtis McKenzie finished the 2012-13 season third in points and first in penalty minutres for the Miami Redhawks (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

The Dallas Stars are not afraid to delve into the European ranks at the pro or junior level. In fact, many of the Stars best defensive prospects were drafted out of Europe and have worked their way up the ranks fairly quickly. Former Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk, a Cornell alum, did not at all mind going for NCAA or NCAA-bound players. As a result, the Stars boast a pretty impressive pipeline coming in from the college ranks.

Read more»

Dallas Stars organization locked and loaded in mid-season Top 20

by Mike Farkas
on

Jack Campbell (left) and Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

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.

Read more»

NCAA college prospects notebook for February, 2013

by DJ Powers
on

Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies turned in a strong February performance to cement his place as a top freshman goaltender in 2012-13 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

With the final full month of the 2012-13 regular season drawn to a close and the conference standings slowly coming into focus, February saw many great NHL prospect performances. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of those feats, along with other newsworthy items from around college hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are current as of Feb. 28.

Read more»

Dallas Stars’ 2008 draft class yielded defenseman Philip Larsen, little else

by Mike Farkas
on

Philip Larsen - Dallas Stars

Photo: Danish blueliner Philip Larsen has earned a full-time spot in Dallas this season after several years of pro experience in the SEL and AHL. (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon SMI)

The Dallas Stars were just as much of a spectator to the first round hoopla in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft as anyone else in attendance at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The Stars had stuck their 2008 first round pick into a mass of humanity that was a 2007 trade deadline deal with Los Angeles.

Read more»

NCAA college prospects notebook for November, 2012

by DJ Powers
on

Eric Knodel - Univeristy of New Hampshire

Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Eric Knodel has been a contributor to the Wildcats' hot play of late (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

This edition of the Notebook takes a look some of the notable (and not so notable) prospect performances around college hockey in the month of November. Unless otherwise noted, all statsitics are current as of Nov. 30.

Read more»