With the Stars’ blue line getting a new look this season, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak are hoping to have the chance to prove themselves. Mark Stepneski has more on the two defensemen and their hopes for 2016-17.
Both players were on the NHL roster last season, but their playing time was limited. Nemeth played in 38 games and Oleksiak saw just 19. But with the Stars going younger on defense this season, both players see an opportunity to grab a bigger role in 2016-17.
"I am just coming in with the same mentality as last year, be confident in my abilities and know that I can play in this league," said Oleksiak. "I just have to prove that on the ice and make the most of my opportunities."
Here’s how head coach Lindy Ruff has rated their preseason so far.
"At different times both have stood out, how well they've played in different areas," said Ruff. "Nemeth a few times on the offensive side and Oleksiak on the side of being physical and eliminating players."
For more on Oleksiak and Nemeth, head on over to the link. [NHL]
Don’t forget, the Stars play the Panthers at 7:30 p.m tonight at the AAC.
Don’t forget to watch a new episode of Stars Insider tonight.
Both Razor and Craig Ludwig are both putting in the work in order to be prepared to call Stars games this season. [SportsDayDFW]
ICYMI, the Stars reduced their roster to 40 players yesterday.
Dallas Stars cut their roster by nine players. Roster now at 40 players. pic.twitter.com/kFABFzpbB6— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 3, 2016
Sportsnet counted down the league’s top 20 centers, and both Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin made the cut at No. 15 and No. 8, respectively. [Sportsnet]
Mike Heika held his weekly chat yesterday and took his best guess at what the Stars’ opening night roster might look like. [SportsDayDFW]
Heika also answered a few questions on Twitter, including what he thinks about prospect Nick Ebert.
Not sure, but he has looked good in camp, and should be an AHL regular. He has the opportunity to prove something this year. https://t.co/F7HpjifkAr— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 3, 2016
Stars prospect Nick Caamano has been turning heads with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds. The right wing has racked up 13 points (five goals) in five games. [NHL]
Do yourself a favor and read this article from Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Along with a peek into the world of GMs, it looks at the important part Trevor Daley played in Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup win.
Kris Russell and other veteran defensemen are relying on PTOs to prove themselves. [Sportsnet]
The kids are all right. [TSN]
No, seriously, the kids are really, really good these days. Also at TSN, Bob McKenzie talks about how younger players are more important than ever to the NHL. [TSN]
The Blackhawks will be without Niklas Hjalmarsson for the rest of the preseason and their season opener.
CHI's Niklas Hjalmarsson suspended for remainder of the preseason and 1 regular season game for charging Ty Rattie. https://t.co/XU8wAB5YuF— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 3, 2016
Avalanche center Matt Duchene played through a separated shoulder at the World Cup. Ouch. [ESPN]
And finally, I’ll leave this here. Just, ya know, in case you need plans.