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 D
3. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
4. 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 C
3. Cody Payne CHL 6.5 C
4. Branden Troock CHL 6.5 D
5. Austin Smith Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

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

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore NCAA 7.0 C
2. Radek Faksa CHL 7.0 C
3. Emil Molin Europe 7.0 C
4. Mike Winther CHL 7.0 D
5. Scott Glennie Pro 7.0 D
6. Gemel Smith CHL 6.0 C
7. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C
8. Tristan King Pro 5.0 F

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jamie Oleksiak Pro 7.5 C
2. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 C
3. Kevin Connauton Pro 7.0 C
4. Ludvig Bystrom Europe 7.0 D
5. John Klingberg Europe 7.0 D
6. Dmitry Sinitsyn CHL 7.0 D
7. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
8. Cameron Gaunce Pro 6.5 B
9. Jyrki Jokipakka Pro 6.5 C
10. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
11. Esa Lindell Europe 6.5 D
12. Troy Vance CHL 6.0 C
13. Hubert Labrie Pro 6.0 C
14. Ryan Button Pro 6.0 C

Productive forwards the strength of Dallas Stars’ junior prospect pool

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Gemel Smith - Owen Sound Attack

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.

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Sinitsyn bringing his game up to speed with UMass-Lowell

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Dmitry Sinitsyn - University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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.

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Draft success leads to quality and depth in Dallas Stars’ system

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Cody Eakin - Washington Capitals

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.

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Jack Campbell, Radek Faksa among Dallas Stars’ prospects to watch in 2012-13

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Brett Ritchie - Niagara IceDogs

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.

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Jack Campbell holds top spot in Dallas Stars’ Top 20

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Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers

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.

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