Dallas Stars development camp began Friday with off-ice testing and the first on-ice sessions begin Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Frisco. Here’s a look at the Stars prospects scheduled to attend this year’s camp.
The camp schedule and the complete roster, which includes 21 Dallas prospects and 13 free agent invites, can be found by clicking here.
This isn’t a ranking. I just listed started with high picks from this most recent draft, moved onto to high picks from previous drafts and then went from there.
Miro Heiskanen, Defenseman, 1st round (3rd overall) 2017 NHL Draft: He’s the guy a lot of people will want to see after being the Stars’ top pick in this summer’s draft. The slick skating 17-year-old is a strong two-way defenseman who has excellent puck-moving skills and hockey sense. He played in Finland’s top league last season, putting up ten points (five goals, five assists) in 37 games while averaging almost 19 minutes per game. He shined at the Under-18 World Championship, finishing second in the tournament in scoring with 12 points (two goals, ten assists) in seven games. He’s expected to play in Finland next season.
Jake Oettinger, Goaltender, 1st round (26th overall) 2017 NHL Draft: The Stars’ other first-round pick in the 2017 draft will get a lot of attention at camp as the team’s shiny new goaltending prospect. Oettinger, who will be a sophomore at Boston University next season, was considered the top goaltender in this summer’s draft after putting up a 2.11 goals against average and .927 save percentage as a freshman at BU last season. He’s got size (6-4, 218 pounds), athletic ability and a high compete level.
Jason Robertson, Left Wing, 2nd round (39th overall) 2017 NHL Draft: After going with defense and goaltending with their first two picks in 2017, the Stars added some goal scoring with the selection of Robertson in the second round. He scored 42 goals in 68 games with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League. Robertson has some excellent offensive instincts and an excellent shot. He’s expected to play in juniors again next season.
Riley Tufte, Left Wing, 1st round (25th overall) 2016 NHL Draft: Tufte is coming off his freshman season at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He missed the first part of the season due to a wrist injury suffered during the USA’s National Junior Evaluation Camp in August and then it took a while for him to get on track, but he finished strong tallying 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his final 23 games. He’s big (6-6, 210 pounds), can skate and is skilled.
Denis Gurianov, Right Wing, 1st round (12th overall) 2015 NHL Draft: The Russian forward is coming off his first season in North America. He started slow but got stronger as the season moved along, recording 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 57 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL. He also made his NHL debut, playing the final regular season game for the Stars. He was outstanding for Russia at the World Junior Championship, tallying seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games and scoring the game-winner in overtime as Russia won the bronze medal. He brings a lot of speed and skill to the mix.
Roope Hintz, Center/Wing, 2nd round (49th overall) 2015 NHL Draft: Hintz is coming off an outstanding season in Finland’s top league where he registered 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 44 games, tying for ninth in the league in goal scoring. He led the league in playoff scoring with 14 points (three goals, eleven assists) as HIFK made it to the league semifinals. The speedy, skilled forward, who centered HIFK’s second line, is expected to make the jump to North America this season.
Gavin Bayreuther, Defenseman, free agent signing 2017: The Stars signed Bayreuther as a free agent this past spring after he wrapped up his four-year career at St. Lawrence University where he recorded 111 points (35 goals, 76 assists) in 142 games. He finished the season with the Texas Stars, tallying five points (two goals, three assists) in 15 games. He’s a smart player who has good puck skills, skates well, and has a good shot. The 2017-18 season will be his first full pro campaign.
Niklas Hansson, Defenseman, 3rd round (68th overall) 2013 NHL Draft: Highly skilled right-handed shot defenseman has been considered one of the better blue line prospects in the Dallas system, but he is coming off a down season in Sweden’s top league. His ice time was down, and he saw only two games in the playoffs as HV71 won the Swedish Hockey League playoffs. Still, he’s a very talented defenseman who is expected to make the jump to North America this season. He played six regular season games with Texas (AHL) and four Calder Cup playoff games in 2016.
Landon Bow, Goaltender, Free Agent Signing 2017: Bow started last season under an AHL contract with the Texas Stars and signed an entry-level deal with Dallas in March. He played in both the ECHL and AHL last season. He was impressive with Idaho in the ECHL, leading the league in goals against average (2.08) and ranking second in save percentage (.933). The numbers weren’t quite as impressive in the AHL (3.17/.894), but Texas had a tough season. Bow, who is 6-5, 208 pounds, is a good goaltending prospect.
Joseph Cecconi, Defenseman, 5th round (133rd overall) 2015 NHL Draft: Defensive defenseman with good size (6-2, 210 pounds) has played two seasons at the University of Michigan. His stock went up at the 2017 World Junior Championship where he saw his role increase as the tournament moved along and he turned out to be a key piece on the defensive side of things as the USA won the gold medal. Good solid defenseman who can kill penalties.
Rhett Gardner, Left Wing, 4th round (116th overall) 2016 NHL Draft: Gardner is coming off his second season at the University of North Dakota, where he has 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 79 career games. He’s got good size (6-3, 220 pounds), is a solid two-way forward who does little things well and plays with an edge.
Nicholas Caamano, Right Wing, 5th round (146th overall) 2016 NHL Draft: Caamano had a nice season with Flint of the OHL where he registered 64 points (35 goals, 29 assists) in 67 games. He also joined the Texas Stars late in the season, picking up three assists in six games. Caamano plays a good overall game, skates well and has some good skill. He’s just 18-years-old, so he’ll continue his development in juniors.
Liam Hawel, Center, 4th round (101st overall) 2017 NHL Draft: One of the team’s newest draft picks, Hawel picked up 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 66 OHL games last season. He’s a big kid (6-5, 179 pounds) who skates well and needs to fill out.
Jacob Peterson, Center, 5th round (132nd overall) 2017 NHL Draft: Another 2017 draft pick, Peterson put up 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) while playing 44 games in Sweden’s top junior league. He’s got to fill out at 6-0, 165 pounds but he has good skill and excellent hockey sense.
Brett Davis, Center, 6th round (163rd overall) 2017 NHL Draft: Davis, another of the 2017 draft picks, picked up 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 59 games in the Western Hockey League. The 6-1, 178-pound center gets high marks for his skating and skill.
Jakob Stenqvist, Defenseman, 6th round (176th overall) 2016 NHL Draft: Played primarily in Sweden’s second highest league last season, tallying six points (two goals, four assists) in 41 games. Also registered 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 17 games in Sweden’s top junior league. He’s a highly skilled right-handed shot defenseman with some offensive ability.
Colton Point, Goaltender, 5th round (128th overall) 2016 NHL Draft: Point was slowed by illness in his freshman season at Colgate and saw limited playing time, but when he did get the net he played well. He posted a 2.45 goals against average and .918 save percentage in ten games. The 6-4, 220-pound netminder should see more playing time as a sophomore.
Ondrej Vala, Defenseman, 2016 free agent signing: The Stars signed Vala as a free agent out of the Western Hockey League last September. He picked up 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 60 games with Kamloops of the WHL last season and played three games with Texas (AHL), recording one assist in three games. The two-way defenseman played for Czech Republic at 2017 World Junior Championship.
Chris Martenet, Defenseman, 4th round (103rd overall) 2015 NHL Draft: The 6-7, 215-pound defenseman played with both London and Ottawa in the OHL last season, recording 16 points (five goals, eleven assists) in 55 games. Martenet, who leans towards the defensive side of things, also played three games with the Texas Stars late last season and should turn pro this coming season.
Markus Ruusu, Goaltender, 5th round (163rd overall) 2015 NHL Draft: Ruusu had a nice season splitting time between Finland’s second league and the top league. He posted a 5-2-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in the top league. The numbers weren’t as good in the second league, but he finished strong, posting a 2.48 GAA and .920 SV% over his final ten games. Also made Finland’s World Junior team but he was the third goaltender and did not play.
Michael Prapavessis, Defenseman, 4th round (105th overall) 2014 NHL Draft: He just wrapped up his junior season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he has recorded 43 points (seven goals, 36 assists) in 117 career games. He’s got some skill and offensive upside.