TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Jack Campbell and Jamie Oleksiak of the Dallas Stars meet with the media at the 2012 NHLPA rookie showcase at the MasterCard Centre on August 28, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL season, conceivably, could be starting within a month. While there's certainly a very good chance the season is delayed, there are rumblings that the NHLPA is feeling positive about the latest negotiations and that while the preseason might not start on time -- the puck dropping to start the season in October might actually happen.
Even if the season is delayed, there's a good chance the Dallas Stars are going to have a tough decision to make when it comes to finalizing the opening-night roster. Because Derek Roy is likely out until November, the Stars are going to have a few players have to step up and fill some spots in his absence. Because of this, logic tells us that one of the top prospects could get a shot to start the season on the NHL roster.
The question, of course, is which one? If there isn't a preseason (at least a traditional preseason) then the chance for a prospect to prove himself in training camp and games is not as high as it traditionally would be. In the past, we've seen players like Philip Larsen, Tomas Vincour and even Jamie Benn take advantage of injuries and strong preseason to force the Stars to keep them around -- so this crop of prospects has a good chance to do this as well, albeit a bit steeper hill to climb.
Let us know who you feel has the best shot at the NHL roster, or who deserves it the most.