Among the slew of college prospects that jumped to the Dallas Stars minor league system late this season, Alex Chiasson might be one of the most intriguing.
The Quebec native who played three years at Boston University has a huge frame, listed at 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, and had a very solid career with the Terriers before joining the Texas Stars late in the season. He also settled in quickly in Texas, with five points in his first nine professional games.
He does fill the Stars always-open hole for a right-shot right-wing. He's been adding weight to his frame, putting on as much as 25 pounds over the past two years, and he could easily stand to fill out a little bit more with his height. He's probably still a year away from being an NHL regular, but he's also likely to get a good look in training camp, as Mark Stepneski details in this prospect profile.
"He’s a big man, right shot. He’s more cerebral than I thought he was. He’s been well coached," said Scott White, Texas Stars GM and Dallas Stars Director of Minor League Operations. "The detail of his game defensively is good, he makes good decisions with the puck, he’s strong along the wall and I sense that will improve because he’ll get some added strength over the summer, which he needs. He’s got a big frame; he just needs to fill out a little bit."
After the jump, evaluating the Stars forward corps, all the Jordie Benn you can handle and reactions to CBC's new silliest bit.
- Bob Sturm didn't set out to write 2,700 words on the Stars forwards, but he gives us a very comprehensive and fair look at the group that just finished up the season in Dallas and where they might fit in the team's immediate future. [Fox Sports Southwest]
- Jordie Benn will be making an appearance later in this links post, but the Stars are going to start us off with a profile that highlights his quick rise from "Jamie Benn's older brother" to decent defenseman prospect in his own right. [DallasStars.com]
- The most interesting part of this article to me isn't the fairly standard information at the top by the efficiency ratings at the bottom with each individual player. [TSN]
- This episode of the Rumor Roundup is focused on the Star, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why he even brings up Scott Gomez with that contract. [The Hockey News]
- Krys Barch headed to the Florida Panthers midway through the season to try and find a larger role, but according to a Panthers blog, the experiment wasn't really a success. [The Rat Trick]
- Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick team up again, this time to tell you the best ways to fake a playoff beard. [ESPN]
- Taylor and I are working on our reaction to the poorly conceived "While the Men Watch" fun, and there will be more on that next week. But I wanted to present two well-written views on it since it's one of the topics of the moment. The first sums up a lot of the frustrations of a female hockey fan. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- This is a very well argued representation of an argument I've seen several times - that the underlying concept of the show isn't entirely sexist. And that is true, but I think the majority of the problem is with the execution of that concept, which veers well into the realm of demeaning stereotypes. [Backhand Shelf]
- Todd donned his special powers and got an interview with your favorite player and mine, Dustin Brown. [Thursday Morning Cupcheck]
- In the category of "was messing around on YouTube and found something funny," I think these two kids might just be fans of Jordie Benn.