Welcome back to my 31 in 31 top ten prospects series.
Yesterday, we took a look at the Columbus’ Blue Jackets farm system and the prospects they have in the pipelines. Their stash was incredibly European-heavy, highlighted by Kevin Stenlund, Vitali Ambramov, and Veini Vehvilainen. Today, we’re going to be taking a trip to the Lone Star State and checking out what the Dallas Stars have to offer in the farm system. Without further ado, let’s take a look.
1. Jason Robertson (LW, 2nd Round, 39th Overall in 2017)
With the recent prospect graduation of Miro Heiskanen, Robertson takes over the top spot on the DAllas Stars’ prospect list, and for good reason. The California native was just traded to the Niagara Ice Dogs and is off to an absolutely unfair start with them, putting up a whopping 21 points in his first seven games with the team. He has the option to go back for one more OHL season next year, but at this rate it’s hard to believe the Dallas Stars won’t give him an extended look at the NHL level next year.
2. Ty Dellandrea (C, 1st Round, 13th Overall in 2018)
Dellandrea is off to a solid start in his third full OHL season with 29 points through 28 games. With a real shot to make Team Canada at the World Juniors this year, he’s making a solid case for himself to represent the Dallas Stars in the near future. Given the fact that he’s still only 18 years old, the 6’1 centre is playing impressive hockey in the CHL.
3. Roope Hintz (LW, 2nd Round, 49th Overall in 2015)
After wrapping up an awesome final season in Finland two years ago, Hintz made the trek to North America to continue his development and push for an NHL job. Hintz started off the season in the NHL and making a decent first impression with three points in 14 games. After 14 games played, Hintz was reassigned to the AHL to develop his game and he’s looked great so far, putting up 12 points in his first ten games down there.
4. Denis Guryanov (RW, 1st Round, 12th Overall in 2015)
After going 12th overall as somewhat of a shock in the deep 2015 NHL Draft, Guryanov has found his game and has looked impressive as of late. He’s been torching the AHL with 26 points in 22 games so far this season and he’s played two NHL games this year, scoring one goal in two games. The big Russian winger will look to live up to his draft spot and develop into a goal-scoring top six winger for the Dallas Stars.
5. Albin Eriksson (RW, 2nd Round, 44th Overall in 2018)
It’s obviously much too early to tell, but so far it’s looking like the Stars may have found a gem in Albin Eriksson. He won’t even be turning 19 until next July, and yet the 6’4 right winger has found his place in the SHL. Currently, he has 10 points in 22 games for Skelleftea AIK. He will likely remain in Sweden for the next little while to further his development, but if he continues to produce we could be seeing his name appear in North America sooner rather than later.
6. Jake Oettinger (G, 1st Round, 27th Overall in 2017)
Goalies are such a gamble that it’s incredibly rare you see one taken in the first round unless they seem to be the real deal. So, you could make a case that Jake Oettinger will eventually take over as the Stars’ starting goalie. He’s spending this season at Boston University and while his record doesn’t look great at 5-8-2, his save percentage of .920 and goals against average of 2.70 prove that Oettinger is doing everything possible to win games but unfortunately is suffering the effects of having a weak team in front of him.
7. Adam Mascherin (LW, 4th Round, 100th Overall in 2018)
After initially being drafted by the Florida Panthers and re-entering the draft, the Stars took a second chance with Mascherin. He’s proving to be a good pick so far. So far in his first 22 games with Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, he has 18 points. Mascherin plays the game of a pure sniper with an incredible shot, but his issue is that he’s small and isn’t a great skater. Granted, that doesn’t mean he can’t make the NHL and prove himself there, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up in the pros.
8. Ben Gleason (D, Undrafted, Signed in 2018)
Gleason went undrafted during his four OHL seasons. Yet, the Stars clearly saw something in him when they signed him to an entry level deal at the start of the 2018-19 season. So far, it’s looking like a good signing. The 6’1 defenseman currently has 13 points in his first 20 AHL games with the Texas Stars.
9. Oskar Back (C, 3rd Round, 75th Overall in 2018)
Back is going to be one of those players who acts as a long term project, but the rewards could be heavy if he pans out. The 6’2 Swedish centre is currently playing for BIK Karlskoga of the Allsvenskan in Sweden and has 13 points in 26 games. Plus, he’s got a chance to make the Swedish World Junior club. It will be interesting to see how his game develops overseas.
10. Riley Tufte (LW, 1st Round, 25th Overall in 2016)
The Stars took a gamble on Tufte in 2016. He spent a lot of his draft year playing high school hockey, so it’s hard to compare the talent level he played against, but so far it’s looking like a solid pick. The hulking 6’6 winger is currently playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has seven points through his first 16 games. With proper development, he could end up being a solid middle-six forward for the Stars.
Thanks for reading! Tune in tomorrow where we’ll take a look at the Detroit Red Wings farm system.
stats from eliteprospects.com