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.
Photo: Detroit’s signing of Western Michigan defenseman Dan DeKeyser has improved the team’s breakout and transition game (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)
Below is the middle section of the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.
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.
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.