A Quick Guide To Where The Dallas Stars Prospects

Jamie Squire

A quick recap as the junior seasons approaches where each Dallas Stars prospect is playing and for whom.

As the new season approaches it is time for a reminder of where the Stars prospects will be playing this season. Theres been some movement since the end of last season and some new prospects joining the organisation so who is where?

First up is the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Stars have one new prospect, through the draft, in the WHL this year, Cole Ully, but also defenseman Dmitry Sinitsyn has signed up with the Regina Pats and has left the NCAA. Matej Stransky and Taylor Peters (UFA signing) have graduated out of the WHL into the pros.

WHL

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Dmitry Sinitsyn D U-Mass Lowell (NCAA) Regina Pats
Branden Troock RW Seattle Thunderbirds Seattle Thunderbirds
Cole Ully LW Kamloop Blazers Kamloop Blazers
Mike Winther C Prince Albert Raiders Prince Albert Raiders

In the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) the Stars have quite a few prospects with only one leaving their ranks. Niagara IceDog Brett Ritchie has graduated into the pros and will play in Austin for the Texas Stars. The Dallas Stars however drafted three new prospects out of the OHL: Jason Dickinson, Remi Elie and Nick Paul. They will be joined by fellow 2013 pick Matej Paulovic who joins the Peterbourgh Petes after being selected by them in the Import Draft.

Brampton Battalion has moved to North Bay and has changed their name. It is still the same organisation however. Cody Payne was traded from the Plymouth Whalers at the end of the season to Saginaw Spirit.

OHL

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Jason Dickinson C/LW Guelph Storm Guelph Storm
Remi Elie LW London Knights London Knights
Radek Faksa C Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Rangers
Nick Paul LW Brampton Battalion North Bay Battalion
Matej Paulovic LW Farjestad J20 (SuperElit) Peterborough Petes
Cody Payne RW Plymouth Whalers Saginaw Spirit
Gemel Smith C Owen Sound Attack Owen Sound Attack

The QMJHL saw one new prospect join it this draft year. The Stars still don't have near the numbers of prospects in the Q as the other two leagues which represent the CHL. The Prince Edward Island Rockets have been renamed the Charlotte Town Rockets.

QMJHL

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Phillippe Desrosiers G Rimouski Oceanic Rimouski Oceanic
Maxime Lagace G Prince Edward Island Rockets Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Troy Vance D Victoriaville Tigres/Prince Edward Island Rockets Charlotte Town Rockets

There are only two Stars prospects left in the NCAA after Dmitry Sinitsyn left U-Mass Lowell for the Regina Pats. Curtis McKenzie has finished his four years and is playing with the Texas Stars after signing a two year entry level contract. Unfortunately the Stars other NCAA prospect, who finished last year, Scott Winkler, sadly passed away at his Norwegian home during the summer.

NCAA

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Alex Guptill LW University of Michigan University of Michigan
Devin Shore C University of Maine University of Maine

The Stars have four prospects currently playing in the Swedish leagues. None of them turned professional but decided to remain in Sweden for another year. Matej Paulovic did play in Sweden but after his contract ended went to play in the OHL. Ludwig Bystrom has signed with Farjestad after playing in MODO last season with limited ice time. John Klingberg has returned to the team he was drafted out of, Frolunda, after a brief stint with Jokerit (SM-Liiga) and Skelleftea (SHL).

Sweden

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Ludwig Bystrom D MODO Farjestad
Niklas Hansson D Rogle J20 Rogle
John Klingberg D Skelleftea Frolunda
Emil Molin C/LW Brynas Brynas

There are three prospects playing in Finland with the departure of Jyrki Jokipakka to the AHL to play in Austin. Makela is newly drafted and is part of the same organisation that Jokipakka was part of.

Finland

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Henri Kiviaho G KalPa J20 KalPa
Esa Lindell D Jokerit Jokerit
Aleksi Makela D Ilves J20 Ilves

There are a number of players who will be turning pro, mostly to the AHL. Only Valeri Nichushkin is expected to start the season in Dallas.

Professional

Name Position 2012-13 Team 2013-14 Team
Jyrki Jokipakka D Ilves (SM-Liiga) Texas Stars
Curtis McKenzie LW Miami Ohio University (NCAA) Texas Stars
Valeri Nichushkin LW/RW Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) Dallas Stars
Taylor Peters C Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Texas Stars
Brett Ritchie RW Niagara IceDogs (OHL) Texas Stars
Matej Stransky RW Saskatoon Blades (WHL) Texas Stars
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