The Dallas Stars made it to the Stanley Cup and then didn’t make the playoffs. Luckily, they have a decent farm system that could produce a few more players at the NHL level over the next few seasons.
This 6-foot-3 left-wing moves well down the ice and can hurt you with a hard wrist shot or finding a loose puck on a rebound in the crease. He’s deadly down low and he will play physical as well. With 43 points in his first 49 games, that got him in the Calder conversation for sure.
The 19-year-old defenseman got to play a rare season in the AHL and performed well. H passes with great ease on the power play and with players on him. There’s no hesitation in his play. He’s a smooth skater. He has a very, crisp wrist shot.
After a great career with Boston University, the Dallas Stars have brought him along slowly. He will be the franchise goalie, barring injury, because of his maturity on and off the ice and his ability to play within the system and himself. He’s not a risk-taker.
This two-way center was probably rushed to the NHL. He’s 6-1, with a pro body but he’s never going to fill the scoresheet as a potential future first-line center should. Points are harder for him to get at the NHL level, and he has to take fewer penalties.
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He could be a first line center or a second if he doesn’t reach his zenith. He has a pro release on his one-timer. He has an accurate wrist shot that can score from long distance. He moves well in traffic and can fake a pass at speed to take a shot instead.
This smaller center is hiding in plain sight in this list. In his first pro season in the AHL, he was a point-per-game player through his first 32 games. Goaltending in that league was spotty but he still did his job. His work ethic, skating, and willingness to take a hit to make a play are what make him a terrific player. He can play on the wing as well.
This winger has excellent speed and some offense in his game. Will that offense translate at the next level? That’s the question and he needs to clean up his game in his own end as well.
This 6-2 center could make the NHL as a defensive center in the bottom six. Every team needs them and his hockey I.Q. and, good face-off ability and solid defense may just get him there someday.
This left-wing has a terrific wrist shot and overall NHL ability. He got to play another season in Sweden this year but he really needs to come to North America to take that next step in his development.
A good puck-moving defenseman who can play a solid brand of defense with some offense in his game. There’s a chance of him playing in the NHL someday. For now, the University of Minnesota is a great place to develop.
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