Player News - Stars

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The Dallas Stars selected Jason Robertson in the second round (38th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Stars drafted defenseman Miro Heiskanen and goalie Jake Oettinger in the first round, so it's not surprising to see them go with a forward in round two. Robertson has good size (6-foot-2, 195 pounds), but he’ll never be confused with a power forward because he doesn’t initiate contact with opponents. Another knock on him is that he doesn’t take his defensive responsibilities seriously. Despite his shortcomings, the 18-year-old was very productive in 2016-17 with 42 goals and 81 points in 68 games with Kingston. He also added 18 points in 11 games during the OHL playoffs. If everything goes according to plan, Robertson should develop into a quality scoring threat with very limited defensive ability.
Jun 24 - 10:32 AM

The Dallas Stars felt like they just had to trade up in the first round to draft a "great" prospect like Jake Oettinger.

Dallas gave up the 29th and 70th overall picks to Chicago to move up to 26. That's when they made Oettinger the first goalie selected in 2017. "Goalies, especially, take time to develop, so you want to feed that pipeline," GM Jim Nill said. "When you get a chance to add a great one, you have to jump at it." Expect Oettinger to be at least three to four years away from becoming a regular at the NHL level. He has the potential to become a starter one day.
Jun 24 - 9:22 AM

The Dallas Stars believe third-overall pick Miro Heiskanen has the chance to be a complete defenseman.

"Miro is a big, rangy guy who just doesn't make many mistakes," said Joe McDonnell, director of amateur scouting. "He's very complete, plays a 200-foot game and makes a very smart first pass." He has the ability to to develop into the number one defenseman Dallas has been craving for years. It'll be interesting to see how quickly he can make the jump to the NHL.
Jun 24 - 9:19 AM

The Dallas Stars have taken Jake Oettinger with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dallas traded the 29th and 70th overall picks to Chicago in order to trade up to the 26th overall pick. The Stars needed some organizational depth in goal, so it makes sense that they would be eager to claim Oettinger. He had a fantastic freshman season at Boston University, as he had a 21-11-3 record with a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage. He has ideal size (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) and athleticism to be an NHL goalie down the road. Oettinger could stand to work on his puck skills a little, as he doesn’t seem comfortable handling the puck. He’ll head back to BU in the fall, but eventually he could end up being a number one goaltender at the next level. Given that Dallas recently signed Ben Bishop to six-year, $29.5 million contract, so there's no need to rush Oettinger's development.
Jun 23 - 9:37 PM

The Dallas Stars have selected Miro Heiskanen with the third pick in the 2017 Draft.

The Stars need a number one defenseman and Heiskanen should fit the bill in a few years. Heiskanen excels at a lot of the things teams want from their top defenseman in today’s NHL. The 17-year-old is a very good skater, he’s fully capable of carrying the puck up the ice and he’s also smart enough to be an effective player in his own end. Playing in his first professional season in Finland, Heiskanen scored five goals and five assists, while averaging almost 19 minutes of ice time in 37 games, which is pretty impressive for a teenage blue liner. He was also incredible for Finland during their silver medal run at the 2017 U18 World Hockey Championship, as he recorded two goals and 10 assists in seven games. The Stars just got themselves a good one.
Jun 23 - 7:28 PM

The Dallas Stars have hired Rick Wilson and Stu Barnes to serve as assistant coaches.

Dallas also announced that Curt Fraser is staying on as an assistant coach. Wilson was previously a coach with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars from 1992-2009. That includes when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He was briefly the team's head coach in 2001-02 and had a 13-11-7 record before becoming an associate coach until 2009. After that he coached with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, and then joined Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis. Barnes also has a history with the Stars as he was an assistant coach for them from 2008-11. "We are very happy to have Rick, Stu and Curt returning to the Stars organization and rounding out Ken's staff," said GM Jim Nill. "The three have a unique familiarity with the club from the time they spent here, and we're excited for the wealth of knowledge and experience they will add to our coaching staff."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 1:25 PM

Miro Heiskanen believes he is the best defenseman available for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Heiskanen is No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters and he is the No. 3 player on TSN's final draft ranking list. "I think that might be possible because I'm a good two-way defenseman, and I think I'm the best of the defenseman who can play offense and defense," he said. Heiskanen could be the first defender off the board Friday and he could go third overall to Dallas if they keep the pick. The smooth-skating blueliner had 10 points in 37 games for HIFK in Finland's Liiga during the 2016-17 campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 20 - 3:55 PM

Matej Stransky has agreed to terms with Severstal in the KHL.

Stransky had 27 goals and 47 points in 76 AHL games in 2016-17. The 23-year-old hasn't played in an NHL contest after being taken in the sixth round by the Dallas Stars in 2011.
Jun 19 - 12:45 PM

The Dallas Stars did not protect Dan Hamhuis and many veteran forwards for the upcoming expansion draft.

Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp and Cody Eakin are a few of the forwards left off the list. The Stars did protect the following players: Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Valeri Nichushkin, Brett Ritchie, Antoine Roussel, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Stephen Johns, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell and Ben Bishop. We would not be surprised if Vegas opted to draft Hamhuis who could provide veteran leadership on the blueline, although there are other possibilities on the Stars unprotected list that may interest Golden Knights' GM George McPhee.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:56 AM

The Dallas Stars have signed Ludwig Bystrom to a one-year, two-way contract.

He would have become a restricted free agent on July 1st. The 22-year-old had two goals and 16 points in 55 AHL games with the Texas Stars last season. The Stars selected Bystrom in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 17 - 12:44 PM

Esa Lindell will be a restricted free agent in July.

Lindell, who doesn't have arbitration rights, is projected to be paired with John Klingberg or Julius Honka next season. In 73 games with the Stars last year, he registered 18 points, 93 hits and 119 blocks. He also finished second on the team in average ice time per match at 21:52.
Jun 14 - 1:01 PM

Dallas may be willing to trade the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson reported on Tuesday night that the Stars have their eyes on Vancouver defender Chris Tanev. Matheson thinks the Canucks could move the fifth overall selection to Dallas in the trade. Vancouver is reluctant to trade Tanev this summer, but he is receiving plenty of interest around the league.
Jun 14 - 8:58 AM

Jamie Benn could benefit from the arrival of new head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock likes to play his best players against the best of the opposition and have his team win battles along the boards, which should help keep Benn engaged and motivated. Benn is expected to have a healthy off-season and that could be the biggest factor in a bounce-back campaign in 2017-18. The Stars captain went through some struggles in 2016-17, but a return to being better than a point-per-game player next year is achievable.
Jun 12 - 11:46 AM

The Dallas Stars need John Klingberg to step up his game again next season.

Despite the slow start, Klingberg finished with the 10th most points amongst defensemen with 49. However, the biggest difference in his game from two years ago and this season is his SAT (shot attempt differential at even strength) rating. His SAT dropped from +320 in 2015-16 (one of the best in the NHL), to -32 this season. Ken Hitchcock will look to fix Klingberg's defensive game without sacrificing any of his creativity. The Dallas Morning News projects Klingberg to total 80 GP, 12 goals, 43 assists, 55 points next season.
Jun 10 - 10:13 AM

Jason Spezza should have a better season in 2017-18 than he did last year.

The reason is that Spezza will return to his natural center position under new head coach Ken Hitchcock rather than playing on the wing as he did on more than numerous occasions with deposed coach Lindy Ruff. Spezza had 15 goals and 50 points in 68 games after a 33 goal, 63 point effort in 75 games in 2015-16. Draft him with an eye to a 60-65 point campaign.
Jun 4 - 6:39 AM


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