Photo: Center Gemel Smith has been a key contributor in every situation this season for the Owen Sound Attack, one of the OHL's top teams. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
Despite some major graduations from the junior ranks in recent years, the Dallas Stars pipeline continues to churn mightily, especially at forward. The Stars feature some of the finest forwards in their respective leagues including Brett Ritchie and Radek Faksa in the OHL and Matej Stransky out west. The impressive amount of professional-level depth that the Stars have at forward will soon be augmented by these recently-drafted prospects that could fill a variety of roles within the organization. On the back line, Troy Vance is the lone junior prospect for Dallas and his progression has been that of race-winners – slow and steady. In all, the Stars have eight prospects at the major junior level.
Photo: University of Massachusetts-Lowell defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Dmitry Sinitsyn is adjusting to NCAA hockey in his first season of college hockey (courtesy of Vaughn Winchell)
During the University of Massachusetts-Lowell's final game against Colorado College earlier this season, defenseman Dmitry Sinitsyn yelled to fellow blueliner Jake Suter in the offensive zone.
Photo: The off-season acquisition of center prospect Cody Eakin, pictured here with the Washington Capitals, strengthened the the Dallas Stars' organizational depth down the middle. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
After a series of very promising drafts, the Dallas Stars prospect pipeline is glowing radiantly as hockey seasons across the Northern Hemisphere begin to get their respective sea legs before the ponds freeze over this winter. Still lacking a stable full of blue-chip stallions, the club from Dallas can trot out an impressive lineup of high quality players at any position.
Photo: Acquired from Sarnia during the 2011-12 season, Brett Ritchie is expected to be a key cog in the IceDogs' offense in 2012-13. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
With terrific drafting and progressing development, the Dallas Stars have quietly amassed one of the finest prospect pools in the National Hockey League. While it might be “standing room only” to start out in the minor leagues and some European pro leagues, the Stars will ultimately prevail with a stable full of exciting prospects who will garner heavy focus throughout the season.
Photo: The Dallas Stars' first pick at the 2012 NHL Draft, Radek Faksa, debuts at #4 in the ranking of their top 20 prospects (courtesy of CHL Images)
One would be hard-pressed to find a top-20 prospects list that has evolved and grown as rapidly and completely as the Dallas Stars has in the last few years.