Before Riley Tufte finds his destiny as a professional hockey player, he plans to work on his play as well as a degree at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, as Steve Hunt writes at NHL.com.
Choosing college over the pros was an easy decision, according to the Dallas Stars' latest first-round draft pick:
"Being a Minnesota kid, I think that's every kid's dream, is going the college route," Tufte said. "I'm really excited to go to Minnesota-Duluth and develop as a player. I think that's the best way I'm going to develop."
Yet there's also much to learn at prospect development camp, and some of that wisdom was delivered by young pro and old soul Devin Shore (himself a product of the NCAA):
"You learn pretty quickly that a big part of being a pro is the 365-day job of it and taking care of yourself away from the rink," Shore said. "I think everyone works their butt off when they're out on the ice, but it's taking care of yourself, getting good rest and putting the right things in your body [that's important]. You learn a lot from the seminars in these camps and stuff too, so that's good."
There's much more at the official site. [NHL]
Stars prospects are still buzzing over last week's development camp (all the way from Finland, even).
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And in case you missed it, Jamie Oleksiak has re-signed with the team.
How much confidence do Stars fans have in the team's front office and "reigning off-season champion" Jim Nill? Find out where the Victory Green ranks among every other team in the NHL. [The Hockey News]
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward is his five-year-old son's biggest fan. Nolan Ward, as it turns out, is a big Stars fan. The Players' Tribune does it again.
Lots of discussion about new GM in Las Vegas and we can confirm, as others have alluded to, that George McPhee will be named GM tomorrow.— Scott Burnside (@ESPN_Burnside) July 13, 2016
The Florida Panthers racked up 103 points on their way to the 2015-16 regular-season Atlantic Division championship, so no one is more surprised than the Jack Adams-nominated Gerard Gallant about the organizational changes in the postseason. [South Florida Sun Sentinel]
And the free-agency dominoes continue to fall as the Canes sign RFA Victor Rask to a six-year, $24 million extension. [ESPN]
Talk about "team culture" all you want, as long as you recognize that top-tier talent is what creates a winning atmosphere, writes Scott Cullen. [TSN]
It's official: Shane Doan will return for his 21st season with the Arizona Coyotes on a one-year, $5 million deal.
The Yotes' captain has no illusions that playing his game won't get harder at his age, but GM John Chayka calls this "an on-ice move." [Puck Daddy]
Also at Puck Daddy: What's Da Beauty League, and how did it get the likes of Zach Parise, David Backes, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan McDonagh, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Leddy and Alex Goligoski to play all summer for the John Scott Cup? [Puck Daddy]
Finally: If you haven't yet caught Pokémon Go fever...oh, so you're the one. Maybe these NHL teams can convince you that you #GottaCatchEmAll. [NHL]