How has Richard Bachman fared in his first season as a pro?
[Editor's Note: I've bumped up this report. It was buried a bit last week, and with the 2010 World Juniors starting soon, I thought it would be helpful to update everyone on the Stars prospects. There are not any Stars prospects playing in the tournament, with Scott Glennie out with a concussion]
It's been about a month since we took a quick look at the progress of the Stars' prospects, and with a little of two months of stats and results to go over we can start to get a good feel for how they're doing so far this season.
A number of the Stars' top prospects are playing for the Texas Stars right now, and while their numbers aren't exactly earth shattering it's important to note that a number of them are relatively young and just starting their professional careers. Back in October, Hockey's Future ranked the Stars' farm system as 27th in the NHL based mainly on the Stars' lack of prospects on defense and the relative inexperience of the forwards. It will be interesting to see how that has changed as the season progresses, especially now that the Texas Stars have provided a stable platform for their young prospects to grow in the NHL club's system.
After the jump, a look at a few of the top prospects for the Stars. For a comprehensive look at all of the Stars prospects, check out Andrew's Dallas Stars Page for their weekly updates.
Here are some details for who I believe to be the team's top prospects, both in the juniors, NCAA and in the AHL and ECHL.
1. Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL); 8th overall, 2009.
The big question for Glennie headed into this season was whether his gaudy numbers were just a product of playing next to Brayden Schenn or whether he was a legitimate scoring threat. And while Glennie says that there isn't any added pressure after being drafted by the Stars at 8th overall this summer, there's no doubt that some of the detractors are going to be keeping a watchful eye on Glennie as he hopes to develop into a legit NHL threat over the next few seasons in the WHL.
The big news of the week comes that Glennie suffered a concussion during a Team Canada scrimmage for the World Juniors last night. The injury will keep him out of the tournament at least, and it's unknown how much time he'll miss in the WHL. It's unfortunate for Glennie, who had a bit of a slow start to the season in Brandon but had started produce at over a point a game the past month or so. Currently, his numbers are down slightly from last season's remarkable stats, but he's still one of the performers on his team. Be careful not to compare Glennie and Jamie Benn too closely however, Glennie still has one more season in the WHL and is still 18 years old.
Update: Glennie is still out with a concussion. It is not known how long he will be out.
2. Ivan Vishnevskiy, Texas Stars (AHL); 27th overall, 2006.
Feb 18, 1988
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Vishnevskiy was the supposed to be the long-lost offensive defenseman, the one who is set to somehow and someday try and replace the production of Sergei Zubov. Lofty expectations and ones that are impossible to fulfill, especially considering that Zubov is one of the best NHL defensemen of the past 20 years. There were mumblings that Vishnevskiy was frustrated with his placement in the AHL last season and with good reason; with the Stars without an AHL affiliate Vishnevskiy was buried on the Peoria Rivermen behind a number of Blues prospects.
This season, Vishnevskiy has the chance to get top minutes on the Texas Stars while learning beside veteran Brad Lukowich. The numbers aren't particularly gaudy, but he is the highest scoring blueliner on one of the best defenses in the AHL. In his one game with the Dallas Stars last week, Vishnevskiy was much more poised and in control than he showed in his brief stint in the NHL last season, while maintaining that offensive explosiveness everyone loves.
Update: Vishnevskiy was called up for one more game with the Stars this past week. He did not have any points in three games with Texas.
3. Richard Bachman, Idaho Steelheads (ECHL); 4th round, 2006
Jul 25, 1987
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Note: Bachman has also played 2 games in the AHL for the Texas Stars, going 1-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
Bachman has the chance to become extremely important for the Dallas Stars in the near future, especially when you consider the uncertain future of Marty Turco. After one outstanding season at Colorado College, Bachman's numbers dipped significantly while playing for a poor team. He decided to forgo his junior and senior years and start his professional career early. Bachman was a bit shaky at times during training camp for the Stars, but started to come on strong later on.
With Brent Krahn and Matt Climie ahead of him on the depth chart, Bachman has started his pro career with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL. He's off to an exceptional start while playing behind veteran Rejean Beauchemin. He also had a great showing with a brief stint for the Texas Stars, and has started to once again show the promise that led the Stars to draft him back in 2006. Is he the goaltender of the future for the Stars? Still debatable at this point, but it's looking better than before.
Update: Bachman has not played since last week.
Alex Chiasson continues a change in the Stars' drafting philosophy, as Joe Nieuwendyk and Les Jackson focused on speedy and skilled wingers in the 2009 draft. Chiasson is a popular prospect from the Montreal area, who went a different route than most when he decided to maintain his amateur status and play for the Boston University Terriers. Scouts at the draft raved about his skill and speed, stating that his potential is limitless if he continues to develop as planned.
Unfortunately, Chiasson is developing on a BU team that is struggling to start the season. They are 4-9-3 on the season and are just 1-2-2 in their past five. He is the middle of the pack on the team in scoring, yet it's important to note that he still a freshman and likely playing on the third line (I've yet to be able to see BU game). There are some interesting aspects of his game to point out however; his shot % and +/- are both second on his team.
5. Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (AHL); 4th round, 2007.
Apr 20, 1989
|2009 - Colton Sceviour
Colton Sceviour comes from the same draft class that spawned Jamie Benn and while he didn't enjoy the same sort of notoriety and buzz as Benn coming out of juniors, he did have some extremely impressive numbers. Last season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Sceviour put up 51 assists and 80 points in 69 games as well as 11 points and a plus-5 in 11 playoff games. He has great size and has become known for his grit and determination along the boards, but also developed a knack for being a creative playmaker. He is also one hell of a two-way threat and is one of the top defensive forwards on his team, evidenced by his team-leading plus-14 rating.
More importantly, Sceviour is one of those rare right-handed wingers the Stars have in their system. This is just his first professional season and there are more experienced wingers ahead of him on the depth chart, but there is a great chance that Stars fans see Sceviour in Dallas sooner than later. Depending on future injuries, Sceviour might see a brief call up this season but most likely he'll make his NHL debut next season.