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Dallas Stars' Prospect Grading Up And Down, QMJHL Special

A grading of the Dallas Stars prospects based upon their season performance, improvement and performance compared to expectations.

Richard Wolowicz

This is a new feature that is debuting on Defending Big D this season: 'Prospect Grading Up And Down'. Essentially we will be grading how Dallas Stars prospects have done over the course of their seasons. This will be done on the basis of whether they've improved based upon previous seasons performance and how they've performed compared to expectations.

This particular grading will be of the Dallas Stars prospects based in the QMJHL

Name 2013-14 Team Statistics Up/Down/Even Future

Troy Vance (D), 20 drafted 5th round, 135th overall, 2011

Charlottetown Islanders

59GP, 8G, 21A, 29P

Up

Troy Vance played his first full season with Charlottetown this year. This year was his overage year and he has turned pro following their sweep in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. He was sent to the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL for the end of their regular season. Vance has continued to take steps forward becoming a heavily relied upon defenseman for the Islanders. He has improved upon his skating from when he was first drafted and can produce some offense. He has signed an ELC so will join the Texas Stars or the Idaho Steelheads next season. The aim of playing in the NHL is still a way off but he continues to improve.

Name 2013-14 Team Statistics Up/Down/Even Future

Maxime Lagace (G), 21, Free agent signing 2012

Sherbooke Phoenix

15GP, 4.06GA, .890SVS%

Down

Maxime Lagace has had a mixed season having played for three different teams in one season (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Shawinigan Cataractes and the Sherbrooke Phoenix). In 26 games played he won six. His overall season save percentage was below .900. As he was playing in his overage year it was hoped he might take a step forward but it doesn't appear likely. He will turn pro next year and as he has signed an ELC he will be sent, most likely, to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. For now this free agent signing seems a bit of a head scratcher. Maybe playing in the pros will help him improve but for now it is a wait and see situation.

Name 2013-14 Team Statistics Up/Down/Even Future

Philippe Desrosiers (G), 18, drafted 2nd round, 54th overall, 2013

Rimouski Oceanic

52GP, 2.65GAA, .907SVS%

Up

Philippe Desrosiers has had a pretty impressive season in a league that is known for poor goaltender statistics. While Desrosiers went through rough patches early and and in the middle of the season he caught first at the end of the regular season and currently has a 0.957 save percentage in the QMJHL playoffs, something nearly unheard of. He is extremely talented and playing very well and is easily the best goaltender prospect the Dallas Stars have after Jack Campbell. He has another year to play in the QMJHL before he can turn pro. With another year playing in the QMJHL it is hoped he becomes a top goaltender in the league. He could also challenge for one of the goaltending spots at the WJC next year.