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-D 6-4 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-57 G-8 A-12 PTS-20 PIM-208 +/- 21
Marty Flichel-RW 5-11 175lbs.
Player: Richard Jackman
Date Of Birth: June 28, 1978
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Height: 6′ 2″
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
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-56 G-22 A-25 PTS-47 PIM-178 +/- 8
WJC (CAN) GP-7 G-1 A-0 PTS-1 PIM-2 +/- 3
Marcus Kristofferson – RW 6-3 200lbs
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