Dallas Stars Prospect Update: John Klingberg Returns, Brett Ritchie Back To His Scoring Ways

Richard Wolowicz

How have the Dallas Stars prospects done in this past week of hockey? Defending Big D is committed to to giving you weekly updates as their seasons progress.

After Brett Ritchie snapped his goal and point streak last week he is back and scoring again. John Klingberg has returned to duty after his hip surgery in the summer and Mike Winther put up 5 points in two games for the Prince Albert Raiders.

Radek Faksa has slowed down after his four points in two games last week instead only scoring a goal and an assist in the Rangers last game of three this week. His lack of points is probably due to being used in a defensive manner rather than an inability to connect.

Brett Ritchie is back scoring with four points in two games, a goal an assist in both games this week for the Niagara IceDogs. He is currently fourth in the OHL with 47 points through 30 games. His linemate and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome is first in scoring with 59 points through 30 games.

Gemel Smith got three points in three games this week, with two of them coming from a 4-3 shootout against Saginaw Spirit. In that game he earned third star honours.

Matej Stransky has had a good week scoring an average of a point per game. The only game in which he didn't register a point was when the Red Deer Rebels shut out the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. The Saskatoon Blades are slowly dragging themselves out of the quagmire they put themselves in after a shocking start to the season.

Mike Winther has had a excellent week scoring 5 points (Four goals, one assist) in two games this week. He continues to impress and is now on over a point per game. In the final game an 8-2 victory against the Regina Pats he scored twice and finished the game +4.

Troy Vance hasn't had a great week going without a point this week and at a -4 as the Tigres dropped both of their three games this week.

In Europe Ludwig Bystrom continues to play on the third defensive pairing for Modo and averaged about 13minutes of ice time over their three games this week.

Emil Molin scored a single assist this week while playing on Byrnas third line averaging around 13 minutes of ice time over their three games this week.

John Klingberg returns to action but was Skelleftea 7th defenseman for his first game of the season. Though he was dressed he did not touch the ice. Hopefully he will get some significant ice time when he is back to game conditioning.

In the NCAA both Curtis McKenzie and Scott Winkler had excellent weeks. McKenzie scored a goal and two assists over two games, Winkler scored two goals and two assists in one game and went pointless in the next. Alex Guptill missed the first game but played the second, he didn't register a point. Devin Shore scored a single assist while Dmitry Sinitsyn went pointless in one of U-Mass Lowell's games and was scratched from the other.

Canada
Team GP Goals Assists Pts PIM +/-
Radek Faksa Kitchener - OHL 26 7 17 24 20 3
Brett Ritchie Niagara - OHL 30 24 23 47 25 27
Gemel Smith Owen Sound - OHL 29 13 19 32 28 18
Matej Stransky Saskatoon - WHL 27 11 15 26 29 -1
Branden Troock Seattle - WHL 7 3 2 5 4 -3
Mike Winther Prince Albert - WHL 26 13 14 27 33 23
Troy Vance Victoriaville - QMJHL 27 2 9 11 20 -4
Europe
Emil Molin Brynas J20 - SuperElit 11 5 6 11 33 2
Brynas - Elitserien 22 1 2 3 0 -4
Ludwig Bystrom MODO J20 - SuperElit 4 0 2 2 4 -3
MODO - Elitserien 23 2 2 4 2 4
Jyrki Jokipakka Ilves - SM-Liiga 27 5 8 13 10 -15
John Klingberg Skelleftea - Elitserien 1 0 0 0 0 0
Esa Lindell Jokerit - SM-Liiga 19 0 0 0 4 -9
Esa Lindell Kiekko-Vantaa (Finland 2) 8 2 2 4 4 -6
NCAA
Alex Guptill Michigan 13 4 7 11 8 -1
Curtis McKenzie Miami (OH) 12 4 5 9 20 3
Devin Shore Maine 14 1 6 7 2 2
Scott Winkler Colorado College 16 10 8 18 27 10
Dmitry Sinitsyn UMass-Lowell 7 1 0 1 2 1
AHL/ECHL
Alex Chiasson Texas 16 3 2 5 8 4
Matt Fraser Texas 20 7 2 9 14 1
Scott Glennie Texas 11 2 1 3 1 -1
Colton Sceviour Texas 13 5 6 11 0 2
Austin Smith Texas 1 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Smith Idaho Steelheads 12 9 5 14 2 11
Reilly Smith Texas 20 3 5 8 14 3
Mathieu Tousignant Texas 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mathieu Tousignant Idaho Steelheads 12 1 7 8 42 4
Francis Wathier Texas 20 0 8 8 30 -2
Jordie Benn Texas 17 4 4 8 17 1
Jace Coyle Idaho Steelheads 15 1 10 11 16 3
Hubert Labrie Idaho Steelheads 16 1 2 3 33 5
Hubert Labrie Texas 1 0 0 0 5 1
Patrick Nemeth Texas 16 0 3 3 18 3
Jamie Oleksiak Texas 20 1 8 9 8 -2
Tyler Sloan Texas 11 0 1 1 13 2
Goaltenders
GP Record Mins GA Svs GAA Sv% SO
Tyler Beskorowany Idaho 11 5-5-1 668 - - - .900 1
Jack Campbell Texas 10 4-3-1 446 26 197 3.35 .883 0
Henri Kiviaho KalPa U20 - Jr. A SM-Liiga 15 8-7-0 875 45 342 3.08 .883 -
Christopher Nihlstorp Texas 14 6-6-0 747 31 292 2.49 .904 2
Maxime Lagace PEI - QMJHL 16 7-5-1 834 58 378 4.17 .867 1
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