1:01 AM EDT, Tue June 19, 2018
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2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Round 3

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Round 3

As we continue our coverage leading up to the draft, let’s take a look at what the Stars could do with the 75th overall pick. With the 2018 NHL Entry Draft fast approaching, we here at Defending Big D are starting to wrap up our pre-draft content and get into the nitty-gritty of things. The other day I compiled a list of potential good fits for the Dallas Stars with their second round pick, the 44th overall selection, and today I’ll next focus on Dallas’ pick in the third-round (75th overall), with one last article examining rounds four through seven also coming soon. Below you’ll...
18 hours ago
Monday Links: Texas Hockey History Center Opens Wednesday

Monday Links: Texas Hockey History Center Opens Wednesday

Fans visiting for the draft will have a new attraction to check out. Plus, happy late Father’s Day, and T-minus three days until the NHL Draft! Happy Monday, everyone! There was a lot of soccer, golf, and baseball yesterday, but unfortunately not much in the way of hockey coverage, so links are a bit light today. Enjoy your week! The Texas Hockey History Center opens on Wednesday at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch, and it seems like it will be a pretty cool place to visit: The museum, which is on the second floor of the Dr Pepper StarCenter and overlooks both surfaces in...
Jun 17, 2018
Sunday Links: Happy NHL Draft Week!

Sunday Links: Happy NHL Draft Week!

There’s a lot to talk about as the hockey world descends on Dallas. Plus, up close with the Smith brothers, and fallout from the Galchenyuk-Domi trade. For the first time in history, it’s NHL Draft week in Dallas! The league (and the fans) converge on Victory Plaza on Friday and Saturday, June 22-23. Which players do you covet? Which storylines are you watching? There’s plenty to discuss this week, so here are a few appetizers to get you started. Will Liam Kirk make history in Dallas? He could become the first player born and trained in England to be drafted by the NHL. Not only is...
Jun 16, 2018
Dallas Stars Daily Links: What Lies Ahead For the Stars

Dallas Stars Daily Links: What Lies Ahead For the Stars

The Stars are taking some risks this offseason, but they might all pay off in the end. Plus, free agency discussion, everyone apparently thinks Dallas will trade for Lucic, and more. Since losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Final 10 years ago, the Dallas Stars have been a rather disappointing team. They’ve only appeared in the postseason twice during that span, and only a single series between both appearances. Whether or not the Stars can break out of this funk largely rests on the new coaching staff, headed by Jim Montgomery. Though he lacks NHL experience,...
Jun 15, 2018
2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Round 2

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For Round 2

The Stars hold the 44th overall selection in this year’s draft. Which prospects might be good options with that pick? The first round of each year’s NHL entry draft is always the most important for teams, but the decisions that each team makes in the following six rounds can also play an enormous role in separating the league’s top contenders from its struggling basement dwellers. Simply put, the more impact players you find outside of the first round, the better off your organization is as a whole. We here at Defending Big D have spent the past month introducing our readers to the...
Jun 15, 2018
Friday Links: Marlies Blow Out Texas Stars in Calder Cup Final

Friday Links: Marlies Blow Out Texas Stars in Calder Cup Final

Texas forced a Game 7, but were unable to come back after an early lead by Toronto. Plus, Kovalchuk watch is in full effect, the NHL will release their home openers schedule soon, and more! The Texas Stars’ run finally came to an end last night as they fell to the Toronto Marlies 6-1 in Game 7. The Stars had a heck of a run. but ultimately fell to a younger, more talented Marlies team (the referees didn’t really help either). Based on the 6-1 score, I won’t be putting the highlights up here, but Sean Shapiro has the breakdown: Texas Stars 20/20: Stars come up one game short as...
Jun 14, 2018
Matching Minors: Where Dallas Can Go Right and Wrong at the 2018 NHL Draft

Matching Minors: Where Dallas Can Go Right and Wrong at the 2018 NHL Draft

Derek and David can’t pretend to be angry talking sports heads, so they respectfully talk about all your draft needs, such as who the best pick is at No. 13, the good reaches, the bad reaches, and everything in between. You’ve already read their work (we hope). Today, Derek and David will ‘yak about the draft, the best versus the less prospects, they’ll agree on some things, and disagree on others. This way, you can either rejoice or slam your fist in disgust when Dallas picks at No. 13. Let’s start this matching minor with a few notes of unfettered jealousy. Rasmus Dahlin is...
Jun 14, 2018
Thursday Links: The Future of the Texas Stars’ Players

Thursday Links: The Future of the Texas Stars’ Players

Sean Shapiro investigates which Texas Stars players have a future in the NHL. Plus, Texas tries to capture their second Calder Cup this evening, John Carlson is going to get paid, and more. A new Calder Cup Champion will be crowned in the AHL tonight, whether it’s the Texas Stars or the Toronto Marlies. A championship for Texas would be huge for the team and the Dallas Stars organization, but the team’s deep run has already begged the question: when are we going to see these guys playing in the NHL? Luckily, Sean Shapiro has fans covered. Headlining his list in the “Buy the Jersey”...
Jun 13, 2018
2018 NHL Entry Draft: Top 101 Rankings

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Top 101 Rankings

Rasmus Dahlin is the gem of this year’s class, but there is no shortage of future NHL talent behind him. Let’s get the most obvious information out of the way first: Rasmus Dahlin is the best player in this year’s draft. A Swedish defenseman who possesses every single tool you could want a blueliner to have, and prospects like him are incredibly rare and incredibly valuable. Barring nothing short of an act of fate, Dahlin is going to get chosen first overall by the Buffalo Sabres. In a similar vein, it’s agreed upon by most scouts that Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov and Czech...
Jun 13, 2018
2018 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Jonatan Berggren

2018 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Jonatan Berggren

Flying under the radar for most of the season, a stellar performance at the U18s has put the Swedish forward in the spotlight. Name: Jonatan Berggren Team: Skelleftea (SuperElit) Position: Center / Right Wing Stats: 38 GP, 18 goals, 39 assists, 57 points, 34 PIMs, +24 rating NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 30th (European Skaters) NHL Comparable Player: Kevin Fiala Editor’s Note: Apologies for not using a photo of Berggren as our header. We had a whale of a time finding a licensed photo of him, so we resorted to one of our trusty GM Jim Nill instead. In the world of amateur hockey scouting,...
Jun 13, 2018
Dallas Stars Daily Links: Revisiting the Modano Selection Thirty Years Later

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Revisiting the Modano Selection Thirty Years Later

Thirty years later and I’m not sure anyone regrets the decision. Plus, the Texas Stars force Game 7, offseason rumors, and much more. Thirty years ago, Minnesota North Stars GM Lou Nanne forever changed franchise history when he drafted a WHL forward named Mike Modano. For some time, the North Stars had considered selecting forward Trevor Linden instead, but that possibility was eliminated when the team met with both players: “We met at the Grand Traverse Hotel in Traverse City,” Nanne said. “Everybody loved the two of them, and it was great to meet both. But in our mind, it...
Jun 12, 2018
Where Can GM Jim Nill Find the Next Jonathan Marchessault and (or) Nate Schmidt?

Where Can GM Jim Nill Find the Next Jonathan Marchessault and (or) Nate Schmidt?

He can find them in this wordy blog about a lot of diamonds in the rough (obviously). First off, there is no “next” Jonathan Marchessault or Nate Schmidt. The two Vegas Golden Knights players have become linchpins for the team’s success. Not to mention the case studies in teams undervaluing their own players. A more self-reflective hockey man will wonder what 40-goal scorer could be hiding on their AHL grassy knoll. A less-reflective one won’t care about 40 goals hiding inside a grassy knoll. Somewhere between the two is the smart GM focusing on the nuances. Jim Nill is an...
Jun 12, 2018
Tuesday Links: Stars Take On Marlies In Game 6 Tonight

Tuesday Links: Stars Take On Marlies In Game 6 Tonight

The Cedar Park crew will try to extend the series to Game 7. Plus... not much else, to be honest. Happy Tuesday, friends! The Texas Stars take on the Toronto Marlies tonight in a must-win game. Other than that, yesterday was a pretty slow news day for Stars hockey and hockey in general. Have a good one! Stars Stuff I’d say Lou made a pretty decent choice here: Thirty years after drafting Mike Modano, North Stars GM Lou Nanne fondly looks back on the decision https://t.co/XD7SBSR5v5— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) June 11, 2018 Getting ready for tonight: PRACTICE: Derek Laxdal...
Jun 11, 2018
Monday Links: Texas Hopes to Bounce Back

Monday Links: Texas Hopes to Bounce Back

History is against them, but Texas still has a chance to win it all. Plus, what we’ve learned from the Stanley Cup playoffs, potential offseason moves around the league, and more. The Texas Stars are down 3-2 in the Calder Cup Final following a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies. The Stars face elimination tomorrow, and history is not on their side: Teams that have won Game 5 in a 2-2 series are 19-1 all-time in the Calder Cup Final. The 1987 Rochester Americans are the only team to come back and win Games 6 and 7 against the Sherbrooke Canadiens after losing Game 5 in a 2-2 series. A big...
Jun 10, 2018
Sunday Links: Texas Faces Elimination After 6-2 Loss

Sunday Links: Texas Faces Elimination After 6-2 Loss

The Stars’ final home game of the season did not go well to say the least. Plus, the Washington Capitals celebrate their Stanley Cup, people are apparently still debating Alex Ovechkin’s legacy, and more. The Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies were tied 2-2 in the Calder Cup finals yesterday before puck drop. But make no mistake — Toronto has clearly been the better team, as was evident last night in their 6-2 victory. The Marlies scored twice in the first two and a half minutes of the game, then later in the second scored twice within just four minutes of the Stars’ first goal....