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Jun 19, 2019
Wednesday Links: Will Bishop Win the Vezina?

Wednesday Links: Will Bishop Win the Vezina?

The Stars’ goaltender could win the first Vezina Trophy of his career and in franchise history tonight. Plus, why Dallas shouldn’t try to trade Jamie Benn, the Flyers make some moves, and more. The NHL Awards are tonight, and up for the Vezina Trophy — awarded by the General Managers to the league’s best goaltender — is Dallas Stars netminder Ben Bishop: Bishop led the league with a .934 save percentage and was second with a 1.98 goals-against average... Bishop set a new career high with seven shutouts and nearly carried the Stars to the Western Conference final by making 52 saves...
Jun 18, 2019
2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Victor Soderstrom

2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Victor Soderstrom

He’s a John Klingberg fan who has the potential to be the best right-handed defenseman in the draft. Name: Victor Soderstrom Team: Brynas IF (SHL) Position: Right-handed defenseman Stats: 44 games played, 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 points, 22 PIMs, -11 plus/minus rating NHL Central Scouting ranking: 3rd (European Skaters) Comparable NHL player: Anton Stralman There’s a discussion that always skewers any serious debate about a prospect. You know the one. “Best player available versus need.” I contribute to this discussion as much as the next person. And I have strong opinions about it,...
Jun 18, 2019
Free Agent Profile: Anton Stralman

Free Agent Profile: Anton Stralman

Stralman seems to be a popular UFA target for Dallas, but would the defenseman be a good fit? So far, we've covered primarily forwards in our UFA Profiles, such as Gustav Nyquist and Matt Duchene. Today, let's turn our focus towards the blue line, where the Dallas Stars have a considerable gap in their top four. Ideally, the Stars will add a steady second-pair defenseman to slot next to Miro Heiskanen. Unlike at forward, the Stars don't really need to find a stud at the position, just a solid player. That’s where Anton Stralman comes in. At 32 years old, the veteran has been a fairly...
Jun 18, 2019
2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Brett Leason

2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Brett Leason

The literal man amongst boys is somehow garnering first round interest. Is it warranted? There’s definitely smoke with Brett Leason. It’s just a question of how much fire. Name: Brett Leason Team: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) Position: Right Wing Stats: 55 games played, 36 goals, 53 assists, 89 points, 28 PIMs, +55 plus/minus rating NHL Central Scouting ranking: 25th (North American Skaters) Comparable NHL player: Ryan Clowe Let’s get something out of the way. If the Dallas Stars pick Brett Leason at No. 18, it will confirm every criticism directed Dallas’ way when it comes to their...
Jun 18, 2019
Tuesday Links: The Stephen Johns Update

Tuesday Links: The Stephen Johns Update

No. 28 is back on the ice and “looks like himself” again, says Jim Nill. Plus, the Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to a whale of a contract, the Rangers round up Jacob Trouba, and more. No review of the Dallas Stars’ 2018-19 season is complete without a discussion of Stephen Johns’ lost months. The talented defensive defensemen began his struggle with post-traumatic headaches near the end of training camp last September, and he would not dress for a single game because of them. Ever since, Stars fans have dreaded learning what might be next for Johns, and the team has worked (and often...
Jun 17, 2019
2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Newhook

2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Newhook

Few 2019 draft-eligible prospects have as much natural talent as Newhook does, but just how well will he be able to utilize it in the NHL? Name: Alex Newhook Team: Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) Position: Center Stats: 53 games played, 38 goals, 64 assists, 102 points, 21 PIMs NHL Central Scouting ranking: 13th (North American Skaters) Comparable NHL player: Matt Duchene One of the most important rules for scouting is to not base your entire opinion of a prospect on just one viewing. Good days and bad days alike can happen to anyone, and the highs and lows can be especially pronounced when...
Jun 17, 2019
Free Agent Profile: Matt Duchene

Free Agent Profile: Matt Duchene

One of the top prizes on the soon-to-be-UFA market comes with some warning lights. Matt Duchene is absolutely one of the best players headed to free agency — if he gets there. In the interest of full disclosure, we should note up front that Darren Dreger reported last week that Duchene has apparently discussed a potential extension with Columbus, though nothing appears imminent. In fact, Dreger also said a couple days ago that, well, Duchene will soon be making Tyler Seguin levels of money, wherever that may be: Dreger on Leafs Lunch: “Matt Duchene is going to get paid over $9M a...
Jun 17, 2019
2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Bobby Brink

2019 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Bobby Brink

Bobby Brink isn’t just the name of a comic book alter-ego. It’s the name of a player with elite goal-scoring tools who will likely be available at No. 18. Name: Bobby Brink Team: Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) Position: Right Wing Stats: 43 games played, 35 goals, 33 assists, 68 points, 22 PIMs, +23 plus/minus rating NHL Central Scouting ranking: 19th (North American Skaters) Comparable NHL player: David Pastrnak Can we talk about stats? For just a second or two? Okay cool. I’ve written a lot about them. Not because I think that statistics have the trademark on the only proper way to...
Jun 17, 2019
Monday Links: It’s Draft Week!

Monday Links: It’s Draft Week!

With only four picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Stars have a lot of tough decisions to make. Plus, the Ducks (finally) have a head coach, looking ahead to next season, and more. The 2019 NHL Entry Draft starts this Friday, and the Dallas Stars have only four picks — a franchise low since moving to Dallas — including only one (No. 18) in the top 100. Stars General Manager Jim Nill will obviously look at trading down to acquire more picks, but if they stay at No. 18, they have to make that one count: “The big thing is to hit on that first pick,” Nill said. “Will we have an...