Here’s an update on how Dallas Stars prospects fared in Tuesday’s games at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan.
Jake Oettinger, G, USA (1st round/26th overall 2017): Oettinger went the distance in USA White’s 8-2 win over Canada Red, stopping 22 of 24 shots. Oettinger got a lot of support early as USA White built a 4-0 lead midway through the first period and was up 5-0 after 20 minutes. Canada played better in the second and third periods and Oettinger was sharp, making several good saves. His best came just under six minutes into the second on Canada’s Matthew Phillips, who drove the net and got off a point-blank chance. Oettinger didn’t stand a chance on either goal against. One came on a two-on-one rush, and the other was a redirection from close range. Oettinger was poised in goal and showed a strong glove hand. He’s played two games at the WJSS and has a 1.98 goals against average and .914 save percentage, stopping 32 of 35 shots in 91 minutes.
Riley Tufte, LW, USA (1st round/25th overall 2016): Tufte played on a line with fellow Stars prospect Jason Robertson and had no points and two shots in USA Blue’s 2-1 loss to Canada White. Tufte had a few good chances in the game, including a wrap-around and a couple of good looks from the slot that he created on his own. He saw a lot of power play time for the USA. He wasn’t as noticeable as the first two games, but he was fine. Tufte has two assists in three games in Plymouth.
Jason Robertson, RW, USA (2nd round/39th overall 2017): Robertson didn’t factor in the scoring and his playing time was limited because there was a lot of special teams play and he wasn’t involved. Still, he had four shots on goal, which was second highest for the USA, and he had a couple of excellent chances, including a nice one off a strong move to the net. After a so-so first game, Robertson has been more noticeable the past two games. Robertson has one goal in three games, and his nine shots on goal are tied for the lead at the WJSS. (Update: Robertson was among the players cut from the USA roster on Wednesday morning)
Fredrik Karlstrom, C, Sweden (3rd round/90th overall 2016): Karlstrom and Sweden did not play Tuesday. Sweden takes on the USA Wednesday. Karlstrom has been impressive in his first two games, registering one goal and two assists while centering Sweden’s top line. The smooth skating, skilled Karlstrom is always on the puck at both ends of the ice.
Wednesday’s games at the World Junior Summer Showcase will be carried live on the NHL Network. Canada plays Finland at Noon (CT), and Sweden and the USA play at 3 p.m. (CT).
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