Dallas Stars Daily Hyperlinks: Prospect Report Card, Traverse City Edition
While the Dallas Stars prepare for training camp, it’s worth taking notes of what we’ve learned from the camp that just dropped out. Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News had over a week to watch the stars’ prospects at work, and he recounts it all in his latest post.
If you’ve been wondering how much of Riley Damiani’s AHL Rookie of the Year swag will wear off after Adam Mascherin plays in the SHL, you’ll be glad to know he’s grown up to his old tricks with new partner Jacob Peterson:
Damiani and Peterson added instant chemistry to the top line of stars and constantly found themselves in dangerous spaces around the net trying to score chances and goals.
Peterson was one of the top players on the Stars’ list during the four games, scoring a goal in each of the first three games, in addition to filling the net front in the top power play unit and taking penalties. Peterson, 22, was a 2017 fifth-round election moving from the larger ice cream in Sweden to the smaller ice cream in North America this season.
And it’s interesting to note that the potential defender everyone is talking about right now is Artem Grushnikov for the 2021 draft – but his “creativity and aggression” comes at a price:
The willingness to play with the puck … can be a disadvantage if he leaves the zone too early or if he is hit by the puck. He also seemed to be struggling to defend the onslaught as players attacked him widely.
The raw tools are there (the skating and creativity) but it will be fascinating to see the rest of the package come together (add weight and become a more honed defender).
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
It is almost time.
➖ 35 forward
➖ 19 defenders
➖ 7 goalkeepers
Our training camp plan for 2021 is here
– Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 21, 2021
It’s just a shame most Stars fans will never see it because it airs on Bally Sports Southwest. (Oh yes. I was there.)
All about the leagues
Because Jason Robertson no longer qualifies: The Athletic’s Harman Dayal picks this season’s breakout players, from Kaapo Kakko to Kirby Dach.
Speaking of which – do you remember Kirill Kaprizov? The Minnesota Wild just got him a pretty big payday for a Calder Trophy.
It’s almost hockey time, which means it’s been fantasy hockey time for a while. Can Jake Oettinger really achieve more victories than Anton Khudobin and Braden Holtby put together?
Anticipated overall victories in the Central Division:
1. COL: 57 (same)
2. MIN: 48 (-3)
3rd WPG: 46 (+2)
4. OF: 42 (+8)
5th CHI: 41 (+6)
6. STL: 40 (same)
7. NSH: 36 (-9)
8. ARI: 22 (-13)
Full projections & new podcast: https://t.co/GPFxCXOMQY
– Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) September 22, 2021
With the hockey time comes the media time, and nobody does media time better than PK Subban.
The COVID season posed tremendous challenges for professional sports and players’ unions were at the forefront. Donald Fehr of the NHLPA speaks about it.
Greetings from scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars love their employees, and you can tell.
It’s Equipment Manager Recognition Day!
We appreciate these guys today and every day for their hard work! Without them, hockey would not be possible!
Thanks Nick and Julio! pic.twitter.com/Kgn7daHHo9
– Texas Stars (@TexasStars) September 20, 2021
In the end
“Fox and Dobby” sounds like it’s meant to be the stars’ new morning zoo show, and now I won’t rest until I get it. Enjoy.