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. Philippe Desrosiers Pro 7.5 D
2. Jack Campbell Pro 6.5 D
3. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
4. Markus Ruusu Europe 6.5 D
5. Maxime Lagace Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 B
2. Denis Guryanov Europe 7.5 D
3. Matej Stransky Pro 6.5 C
4. Branden Troock Pro 6.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Cole Ully Pro 7.5 C
2. Remi Elie Pro 7.0 C
3. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 B
4. Brendan Ranford Pro 6.5 C
5. Matej Paulovic Junior 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore Pro 7.0 C
2. Jason Dickinson Pro 7.0 C
3. Roope Hintz Europe 7.0 C
4. Radek Faksa Pro 6.5 B
5. Gemel Smith Pro 6.5 D
6. Emil Molin Europe 6.5 D
7. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Julius Honka Pro 8.0 C
2. Mattias Backman Pro 7.0 C
3. Esa Lindell Pro 7.0 C
4. Stephen Johns Pro 7.0 C
5. Michael Prapavessis NCAA 7.0 C
6. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
7. Ludwig Bystrom Pro 6.5 C
8. Joseph Cecconi NCAA 6.5 C
9. Chris Martenet CHL 6.5 C
10. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
11. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
12. Patrik Nemeth Pro 6.0 B
13. Troy Vance Europe 6.0 C
14. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.0 C

IHL Profile – Marty Turco

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Height: 5’11
Weight: 175
Position: Goalie
Catches: Left
Born: 8/13/75
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

STATS-
GP G.A.A. W L SOL GA Save %
1998-99 54 2.61 24 17 10 136 .920%

Marty’s rookie season was a great one. The Dallas Stars’ goalie of the future quickly won the starting job in Michigan, where he was nominated for the league MVP and top goaltender awards. Turco also lead the Wings past the experienced Fort Wayne Komets in the first round of the playoffs by posting a 2-0 record in the opening round. With the assumption in Dallas of Roman Turek being lost in the expansion draft, Turco has a good shot at backing up Belfour next season. In his college career, he was an all-star and won the MVP award in the 1998 NCAA tournament after being drafted by the Stars in 1994.

PLAYOFF RECAP
Round 2
Detroit VS Indianapolis
Game 1: April 27: IND 1 @ DET 0 (2 OT)
HIGHLITES- The battle of the goaltenders lasted 5 periods before the Ice’s Craig Mills put one past Detroit goalie Andrei Trefilov. Indy goaltender Marc Lamothe continued his shutout streak, which he has not allowed a goal in the 3 playoff games he’s played.

Orlando VS Michigan
Game 1: April 27: MIC 1 @ ORL 5

HIGHLITES- Solar Bears’ goalie Tyler Moss was strong in goal, while Orlando welcomed goals from Todd Krygier (2), Pat Neaton, Dave Mackey, and Pierre Sevigny.

Houston VS Long Beach
Game 1: April 28: LB 4 @ HOU 1
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Stars Longshot Prospects

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Below is a listing of what I feel are the Stars longshot prospects in the coming years. Most should be recognizable names, and yet a couple maybe totally new to you, but each has a few skills that make them interesting. (Please email me with any thoughts, questions, or comments.) The next article will include some brief comments on the Stars “other” prospects, potential ’99 draft picks, and random thoughts on the team’s state.

John Erskine-D6-4 200lbs.

Ranked higher on the Star’s depth chart by many, but I feel that John’s future in the NHL is not with the Dallas organization. First reason being that the Stars play an attacking style that calls for pinching by the D-men, and thus requires a good bit of mobility to maintain proper positioning. This style is not conducive to John, as he is a relatively poor skater that thrives in a more “controlled” stay-at-home posture. Secondly, the Stars have a good collection of defensemen in the minors, all of which are more talented than he. On the other hand, he does have a huge body, an ability to really fight, and the work ethic to improve his game. While I could be wrong about his future, as Craig Ludwig is still hanging around, my feeling is that he is trade bait, and no more than a support player for another team.
LONDON ( OHL )GP-57G-8A-12PTS-20PIM-208+/- 21

Marty Flichel-RW5-11 175lbs.
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Richard Jackman profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Richard Jackman
Date Of Birth: June 28, 1978
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Position: Defence

YEAR TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM
1995-96 Sault Ste Marie OHL 66 13 29 42 97
1996-97 Sault Ste Marie OHL 53 13 34 47 116
1997-98 Sault Ste Marie OHL 60 33 40 73 111
1997-98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 14 1 5 6 10
1998-99 Michigan K-Wings IHL 60 11 14 25 94

Drafted in the 1st round by the Dallas Stars in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft joined Michigan from the Sault Greyhounds. He was voted by coaches to have the OHL’s hardest shot. He was one goal shy of a club record for defenceman. Was an OHL All star last season. Attended the Stars training camp in September.
Jackman has the distinction of being the Stars most talented prospect and maybe their best trade bait for the future. An offensive minded defenceman, Jackman is learning the craft of playing defence in the IHL and is responding well. An excellent skater who rarely is caught out of position. Also posseses a very hard shot that can find the net. He is still learning at the pro level and is responding well and should be in a Stars uniform in no time.

IHL SCOREBOARD FOR SATURDAY MARCH 27, 1999
Detroit 4
Orlando 1
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Star’s Emerging Prospects

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After the Star’s top 10 ( theme of my previous article ) one can still find some quality prospects that have legitimate NHL potential. In my opinion, this is what makes the Dallas system an upper echelon prospect pool. Below are some of my thoughts on these emerging players, which also includes their current statistics.

Please email me with your thoughts & comments ( My next article will be on the “Star’s Long-shot Prospects”)

Tyler Bouck – RW 6-0 185lbs

Tyler’s game is based primarily around his most obvious strength, and that is speed. Able to skate as fast as almost anyone, this kid’s wheels make him very dangerous. On the other hand, he hasn’t found a consistent scoring knack yet, although his skills are well rounded enough. In order to compensate for this he has developed a good defensive game, and has added a physical, “in-your-face” style as well. With his two-way play, battle level, skating, and solid skills, Tyler projects to a 2nd or 3rd line checking winger that can score some goals. His goal scoring upside could be higher, but somewhere around 15-20 goals seems logical at this point. Often compared to Darren McCarty for his physical style, the Stars could definitely use the speed and grit Tyler would provide.
Prince George (WHL)GP-56G-22A-25PTS-47PIM-178+/- 8
WJC (CAN)GP-7G-1A-0PTS-1PIM-2+/- 3

Marcus Kristofferson – RW 6-3 200lbs
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Dallas Stars Top 10 Prospects

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With the Stars system graduating such players as Lehtinen, Langenbrunner, Mativchuk, and Hatcher, along with trades involving Iginla and Harvey, the cupboard was quickly emptied. However, in the past couple of years the Stars have had some solid drafts, and seem to have begun the restocking process. Following the “lower risk” philosophy of drafting, the best role player available has helped the Stars accumulate good defensive depth, and has given them a glut of feisty, two-way forwards. What this philosophy has not done however is provide them with true snipers and game-breakers, thus resulting in their need for high priced free agents to compensate. With this depth the Stars system has been ranked in the upper middle of NHL teams for the last two years, and will continue to be given much time and patience for further development.

Below are the Stars top ten prospects, with comments.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. Brenden Morrow-LW 5-11 195lbs
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