Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Upper-echelon forwards are progressing nicely.
  • Copious amounts of sizeable, defensive defensemen.
  • Tremendous amount of overall depth.
Weaknesses
  • Few prospects expected to reach "elite" or "gamebreaker" status.
  • Recent grabs for offensive d-men came up short.
  • Goaltending depth is limited in quantity and quality.

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Campbell Pro 8.0 C
2. Philippe Desrosiers CHL 7.5 C
3. Brent Moran CHL 7.0 D
4. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
5. Maxime Lagace CHL 5.5 F

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 C
2. Matej Stransky Pro 7.0 D
3. Branden Troock CHL 7.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jason Dickinson CHL 7.5 C
2. Cole Ully CHL 7.0 C
3. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 C
4. Remi Elie CHL 6.5 C
5. Brendan Ranford Pro 6.5 D
6. Ludwig Karlsson Pro 6.5 D
7. Matej Paulovic Europe 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore NCAA 7.5 C
2. Brett Pollock CHL 7.5 C
3. Radek Faksa CHL 6.5 B
4. Gemel Smith CHL 6.5 D
5. Emil Molin Europe 6.5 D
6. Scott Glennie Pro 6.0 C
7. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Julius Honka CHL 8.0 C
2. Jamie Oleksiak Pro 7.5 C
3. Ludvig Bystrom Europe 7.0 C
4. John Klingberg Europe 7.0 C
5. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 C
6. Dmitry Sinitsyn CHL 7.0 C
7. Michael Prapavessis NCAA 7.0 C
8. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
9. Aaron Haydon CHL 7.0 D
10. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
11. Alex Peters CHL 6.5 C
12. Esa Lindell Europe 6.5 D
13. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
14. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
15. Troy Vance CHL 6.0 C
16. Jyrki Jokipakka Pro 6.0 C
17. Patrick Sanvido CHL 5.5 D

Defense rules in Stars prospect awards

by Mike Farkas
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Photo: Jack Campbell ended his junior career at the conclusion of Sault Ste. Marie's regular season. The change of scenery couldn't come soon enough for Campbell, who was wildly inconsistent during his two years in the OHL. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)

Below is the inaugural edition of the Dallas Stars prospect awards. The Stars have a wide-array of prospects and their depth is illustrated in the awards.

Most Improved Prospect: Alex Guptill, LW, Michigan Wolverines (CCHA)
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Dallas boasts large array of NCAA and European trained players

by Mike Farkas
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Photo: Boston University standout Alex Chiasson recently signed an entry-level deal with Dallas. (Photo courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

The Dallas Stars scour the NCAA and Europe regularly for young players and as a result have a number of quality prospects in both fields. Of the top-20 prospects in the Dallas organization, 11 of them – at some point or another – played at the NCAA level or in Europe. Many of their prominent collegiate prospects have recently turned pro and their best European prospect – Patrik Nemeth – is expected to move to the AHL next season.

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Austin Smith starting new life with Dallas Stars

by DJ Powers
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Photo: forward Austin Smith exploded offensively this past season, managing 36 goals and 21 assists in 39 games. (Photo courtesy of Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI)

Austin Smith was one of the three "Hobey Hat Trick" finalists this year after a sensational season in which he led the nation in goal scoring with 36 and finishing third with 57 points (36 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games with the Colgate Raiders. Smith's excellent senior campaign earned him numerous honors, including the ECAC Player of the Year and a selection to the All-America East First team.

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HF’s Interview with Dallas Stars Steve Ott

by Ken McKenna
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If the Dallas Stars are looking to add a little fire to their lineup, they could do worse than to keep their 2000 1st round pick, LW Steve Ott, in their lineup next season. Ott has starred for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL for the past 3 seasons, providing equal parts skill and toughness on a consistent basis.

Ott led the Spitfires in scoring this season, notching 88 points (43G, 45A) in 53 games. In addition to his fine offensive work, Steve also cemented his image as a tough player, picking up 178 PIMs during the 2001-02 season. In his 3 seasons with Windsor, Steve accumulated 237 points, as well as 473 PIMs.

Steve’s good work this season did not go unnoticed, as he was named an OHL 2nd Team All Star. In addition to this award, Ott was also a member of Team Canada’s entry at the World Junior Championships, where he and his teammates earned silver medals. This was Steve’s 2nd appearance at the WJC.

This past season will in all likelihood be the last of Ott’s junior career. He has already signed a contract with Dallas, and will most likely get his pro career started with the Stars’ farm club in Utah.

I interviewed Steve prior to a recent playoff game, with the transcript of that conversation being presented below.

HF: Let’s talk about the playoffs first, I guess. You guys are down 2-0 in this series (vs. Erie, which the Otters eventually won), but other than that, you’ve had some success up to this point. What do you need to do to get past Erie in this Read more»

Dawn of a New Era? Stars dump K-Wings, Sign with Grizzlies

by Keith Riskey
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This Spring, the Dallas Stars organization severed its 13-year
relationship with longstanding minor league affiliate, the Michigan
K-Wings, and began a 2 (optionally up to 4 year) deal with the Utah Grizzlies —
another IHL team from Salt Lake City. The next day Stars fans everywhere
read the headline, shrugged, told themselves “one IHL team is as good as
another”, and immediately turned over to the box scores. Few fans considered
how an interleague affiliation change could have much ramification on the development
of Stars future talent. But, though at first the
wisdom of this new relationship with the Grizzlies was not apparent in
most circles, it is definitely an improvement and a step in the right
direction for the Stars future. Here are a couple of reasons Stars fans
can look positively forward to this new affiliate:

# 1) Cold, Hard Cash

Yes, columnists have been speculating for the last 2 years that the Michigan
K-Wings no longer had the funds to support an NHL affiliate team. The IHL
began largely as a “bus league” for the Midwestern United States. In the league’s
infancy, IHL teams popped up in smaller towns and players were bussed from location to
location. As time went on, IHL began moving to bigger cities (i.e.
Chicago, Detroit) and profits began skyrocketing.

The K-Wings, however, were somewhat outpaced by the growth of the IHL. They Read more»