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.
Photo: Swedish defenseman Robert Hagg is receiving some good exposure at the 2013 WJC in a year where he is considered one of the better defenders available for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
While Team Sweden is short a few top names at the 2013 World Juniors, their roster still sports some top, young prospects of the hockey world. Players like Filip Forsberg, Victor Rask, and Rickard Rakell should one day be skating in the NHL, probably sooner rather than later.
Photo: After notching 37 tallies a season ago, Matt Fraser is again leading the Texas Stars in the goal-scoring department in 2012-13. (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)
Another season, another bench boss in Cedar Park, Texas, where the Dallas Stars top minor league affiliate hones its skills and patiently waits. On their third coach in as many seasons, some of the more seasoned Stars have seen a number of different looks, schemes, and systems while a talented group of rookies is learning the professional game for the first time. Past the quarter pole, the Stars seem more than competent. They stand second in the division and fifth in the tight Western Conference.
Photo: After playing the past three seasons in Finland, defenseman Sami Vatanen made his way to North America and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Below is the middle section Hockey’s Future’s NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.
Photo: Colorado College forward and Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler's development was somewhat stunted in his first three NCAA seasons due to injuries, but he is off to a strong start in 2012-13 (courtesy of Casey B. Gibson)
Amidst a seesaw battle with Yale last weekend, Colorado College’s Scott Winkler sent Bulldog winger Anthony Day crumbling to the ice with a solid body check into the left corner boards at the World Arena. Instantaneously, Winkler set his sights on another Yale forward behind the Tigers net as he fiercely fought for possession of the puck in the defensive zone.