Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Majority Of Stars Prospects Clinch Playoff Berths

Jamie Sabau

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With most of the leagues approaching or having finished their regular seasons its starting to get to the point where teams are clinching playoff spots. According to my calculations at least 12 of the 19 Stars prospects in Europe, CHL and NCAA will see post season action while Jyrki Jokipakka will likely see a post season regulation round. Only two have been eliminated from any post season action so far, Emil Molin and Scott Winkler. I've found it difficult to get information on the Junior leagues in Finland so the playoff status of Esa Lindell and Henri Kiviaho is unknown. The same is the case for Ludwig Bystrom after he was reassigned to MODO J20 in Sweden.

In the OHL Radek Faksa had a single goal and two assists through three games. The Kitchener Rangers have secured a playoff spot.

Brett Ritchie had two goals and an assist in two games he played this week. He now has 40 goals in this season. The Niagara IceDogs have also secured a playoff spot and will see action in the post season.

Gemel Smith played three games and had two goals and an assist through those three games. In the first game of the week he was held pointless but had a multi point night on Saturday. Owen Sound Attack have also clinched a place in the OHL playoffs.

Matej Stransky continues to impress in the WHL with a goal and three assists through three games this week for the Saskatoon Blades. Matej Stransky now has 40 goals through the season. The Saskatoon Blades have really impressed turning their season around after a dismal start.

Mike Winther had a single assist through three games this week. His Prince Albert Raiders have also clinched a playoff spot so Winther will see some playoff action this season.

Branden Troock is still out injured and has been limited to 19 games this season. However the Seattle Thunderbirds, due to the nature of the WHLs playoff qualification structure, still have a chance of reaching the post season. Whether he will be back in the lineup is a different matter.

In the QMJHL Troy Vance played three games and didn't register a point. Maxime Lagace did not play in a single game for the Prince Edward Island Rocket. P.E.I has also clinched a playoff spot.

In Sweden John Klingberg had a single assist in Skelleftea's final game of the season. They finished on top of the Elitserie. As the top team in the Elitserie its possible they will go quite far in their playoffs.

Ludwig Bystrom has been assigned to MODO's junior team, MODO J20 after finishing the regular season in the Allsvenska. In the last four games he has gone pointless.

Emil Molin is not playing anywhere and has not been reassigned to Brynas after Mora were eliminated from the promotion race. Its been rumoured in the Swedish press, in particular by a blogger with Aftonbladet, that Emil Molin will be one of three players for Brynas who will be going to North America next season after their loans expire. This is still only a rumour.

Jyrki Jokipakka played in three games this week, each one of which Ilves won, but he had no points during that time. He left the game in the second period on Saturday after sustaining a mild upper body injury. Hopefully it won't keep him out at all or for long.

In the NCAA Curtis McKenzie, Alex Guptill, Devin Shore and Dmitry Sinitsyn's teams will be in the NCAA playoffs. Colorado College did not make the playoffs.

Alex Guptill had a good week with a goal and two assists through two games. Devin Shore had a goal and an assist in two games. Scott Winkler had a single assist through two games. Curtis McKenzie's team didn't play this week. Dmitry Sinitsyn has not played for U-Mass Lowell.

Canada
Team GP Goals Assists Pts PIM +/-
Radek Faksa Kitchener - OHL 37 8 21 29 24 -5
Brett Ritchie Niagara - OHL 51 40 35 75 40 35
Gemel Smith Owen Sound - OHL 58 22 25 47 52 16
Matej Stransky Saskatoon - WHL 69 40 43 83 82 32
Branden Troock Seattle - WHL 19 5 6 11 19 -5
Mike Winther Prince Albert - WHL 65 22 27 49 59 16
Troy Vance Victoriaville - QMJHL 39 3 15 18 41 -6

P.E.I - QMJHL 25 1 7 8 14 1
Europe
Emil Molin Brynas J20 - SuperElit 11 5 6 11 33 2
Brynas - Elitserien 34 1 2 3 0 -7
Mora - Allsvenskan 7 0 0 0 2 -4
Ludwig Bystrom MODO J20 - SuperElit 4 0 2 2 4 -3

MODO - Elitserien 30 3 3 6 2 7
Orebro - Allsvenskan 8 0 0 0 2 4
Jyrki Jokipakka Ilves - SM-Liiga 59 5 13 18 20 -29
John Klingberg Skelleftea - Elitserien 2 1 12 13 6 10
Esa Lindell Jokerit - SM-Liiga 19 0 0 0 4 -9

Kiekko-Vantaa (Finland 2) 22 4 6 10 16 -10
NCAA
Alex Guptill Michigan 34 12 17 29 26 1
Curtis McKenzie Miami (OH) 33 9 13 22 74 2
Devin Shore Maine 36 4 19 23 10 -1
Scott Winkler Colorado College 36 13 13 26 46 2
Dmitry Sinitsyn UMass-Lowell 12 2 0 2 4 0
AHL/ECHL
Alex Chiasson Texas 49 12 18 30 39 1
Matt Fraser Texas 54 27 12 39 24 12
Scott Glennie Texas 20 2 3 5 6 2
Colton Sceviour Texas 46 15 21 36 14 13
Austin Smith Texas 16 2 1 3 6 1

Idaho Steelheads 30 24 17 41 13 21
Reilly Smith Texas 38 11 16 27 18 5
Mathieu Tousignant Texas 16 1 0 1 10 -3

Idaho Steelheads 28 4 15 19 77 5
Francis Wathier Texas 44 2 12 14 64 -5
Jordie Benn Texas 40 7 14 21 33 7
Jace Coyle Texas Stars 10 0 3 3 2 2

Idaho Steelheads 30 6 18 24 28 13
Hubert Labrie Idaho Steelheads 22 2 3 5 46 1

Texas 20 0 2 2 45 -1
Patrick Nemeth Texas 46 1 11 12 38 11
Jamie Oleksiak Texas 48 6 23 29 23 20
Tyler Sloan Texas 31 2 6 8 43 5
Goaltenders
GP Record Mins GA Svs GAA Sv% SO
Tyler Beskorowany Idaho 30 16-11-3 1820 - - - .910 0
Jack Campbell Texas 29 13-9-3 1464 63 608 2.58 .906 2
Henri Kiviaho KalPa U20 - Jr. A SM-Liiga 31 16-15-0 1846 82 769 2.66 .903 -
Christopher Nihlstorp Texas 34 17-10-3 1879 70 715 2.23 .911 4
Maxime Lagace PEI - QMJHL 33 13-12-1 1571 106 702 4.05 .869 1
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