Despite a resolute late push by the now-younger Dallas Stars in the regular season, they were unable to clinch a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season. And once again, upheaval was afoot. The Stars sacked head coach Glen Gulutzan after two seasons but not before canning general manager Joe Nieuwendyk as well. Conversely, at the minor league level, the Texas Stars enjoyed a very successful regular season and won a playoff round.
Here is a look at the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference heading into the 2011-2012 season. Things could change on the rosters as the deadline for WHL teams to announce their three 20-year-olds comes along in mid-October. Near the end of October, which NHL teams are prepared to keep their recently drafted prospects beyond the first ten regular season games will also be decided.
Kelowna Rockets (Last Season: 43-28-0-1; 1st in B.C. Division)
The biggest hole the Rockets will have to fill is on the backend where Tyson Barrie is expected to stick somewhere in the Colorado Avalanche system. Picking up the offensive slack, along with quarterbacking the power play, will become major concerns in Kelowna.
Here’s a look at the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference heading into the 2010-2011 season. Of course, things could change on the rosters as the deadline for WHL teams to announce their three 20-year-olds comes along on October 14. And, near the end of October, we will also find out which NHL teams are prepared to keep their recently drafted prospects beyond the first ten regular season games.
Vancouver Giants (Last Season: 41-25-3-3; 1st in B.C. Division)
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