It’s easy to get caught up in the imagined futures of our favorite Dallas Stars prospects. So easy, in fact, that it can be a surprise when these same prospects show up on lists of incoming sleeper agents for the rest of the NHL to look out for.
Joseph Aleong of The Hockey Writers has tapped Esa Lindell as one of the league’s “late bloomers” who could start making waves with the big club this season:
A big body with good mobility and hockey sense on the back end, Lindell has all the tools to become an effective two-way defender for the Stars. Alongside fellow highly-touted defense prospects Julius Honka and Mattias Backman, the Texas Stars had one of the league’s youngest defensive corps. Dallas lost some important contributors on the back end this summer, so they’ll be counting on their well-regarded trio of young blueliners to fill the void and Lindell could be an NHL regular by this fall.
Read the rest at THW (and try to overlook that ubiquitous USA Today photo of Nicolas Blanchard that someone tagged incorrectly back in the 2014 preseason). [The Hockey Writers]
It’s Monday, and Mike Heika’s weekly Stars Q&A is on the menu at 2 p.m. Central time. Send him your questions here. [SportsDayDFW]
Stars single-game tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. Central time. If you’re planning a trip to Dallas around one of these, tell us about it in the comments.
Tyler Seguin has made his annual pilgrimage to BioSteel Sports Camp, where he and his buddy Michael Del Zotto joined Wayne Simmonds and Darnell Nurse as captains. (Guess which position Seggy drafted first.) [Sportsnet]
He also met with hometown fans at the CanFitPro World Fitness Expo, signing a puck for the Ontario Provincial Police Recruitment Unit...
...and a stick for Spinal Cord Institute Ontario.
Speaking of NHL stars doing a solid for their community, Henrik Lundqvist and the NHLPA’s Hopes & Dreams program have donated 60 new sets of youth hockey equipment to his old team, Frölunda. [Blueshirt Banter]
Jamie Oleksiak is proud of his Olympic-sensation sister. Can you tell? Can you tell he’s proud?
He has his reasons, as his fellow Stars have reminded him.
Jamie Oleksiak says his Dallas Stars teammates have sent him videos of their daughters watching Penny race at the Olympics.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 13, 2016
What can you expect from the incoming NHL rookies? Allan Muir takes a shot at predicting the class superlatives, from Most Artistic (Ivan Provorov) to Best Hair (William Nylander) to Most Likely to Get ID’ed When He’s 30 (Mitch Marner). [Sports Illustrated]
The 2017 Winter Classic has a logo, as revealed by its designer, Fanbrandz. Chris Smith of Icethetics has analysis, as well as some goalie-mask designs revealed by the St. Louis Blues. [Icethetics]
Alexander Radulov has yet to arrive in Canada for his upcoming season with the Montreal Canadiens, reportedly because of a visa issue. [Today’s Slapshot]
That other new Canadien, Shea Weber, figures he can help Habs fans get past the loss of P.K. Subban by, you know, winning games. [The Globe and Mail]
By the time you read this, you may already know where Antoine Vermette will play this season. [The Hockey Writers]
Antoine Vermette has received 5 offers from NHL teams and will be making a decision on the various offers by Monday.— Allan Walsh (@walsha) August 13, 2016
Can the signing of new Texas Stars forward Caleb Herbert prove as defining for the franchise as that of Travis Morin in 2009?
Stars hoping Herbert can copy Morin’s successful path from South Carolina to Texas https://t.co/T2YPd8oLeh— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) August 13, 2016
STOP EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW: Did you know that Antoine Roussel’s cat has his own Twitter account? Yes, he does. Yes, he does.
Finally: The man, the legend, the hipster icon...Aleš Hemský turned 33 on Saturday, August 13. Happy birthday, Hemmer.