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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Prospects are Raising Their Game in the AHL Playoffs

How the Texas Stars’ 2018 Calder Cup run is benefiting the big team. Plus, Game 7 in the East, GMs on the move, and more.

Denis Gurianov + Roope Hintz = best linemates forever.

The Texas Stars are on a roll. They’ve played 34 overtime games this season and have won six playoffs games in a row. They’ve just taken a two-game lead in the 2018 Calder Cup Western Conference Finals. And they’re getting great play from high-end youngsters like Gavin Bayreuther, Jason Dickinson, Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz.

That experience is making them better NHL prospects as well as AHL players, as Scott White, Dallas Stars assistant general manager and GM of the Texas Stars, tells Mike Heika:

“The level of play, the intensity of the situations, it’s stuff that you need to live through. It opens your eyes and shows what you need to do to get to the next level. Guys get their feet wet, and it prepares them mentally, as well as physically.”

The playoffs are the kind of development opportunity every team dreams of, and the young Stars are making the most of it, says their coach:

“This time of year for these young guys to get that kind of exposure and that kind of experience helps their game galvanize a little bit,” said Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal. “Gavin has really taken some huge steps. I thought [Roope] in overtime really took a step in his game. I thought [Denis] really took another step.

”That’s what it’s all about. Every time you have a chance to take another step with these kids, they are going to be better for it in the future and they’re going to be better Dallas Stars moving forward.”

There’s more at Mike’s place – now paywall-free. [Dallas Stars]

Want a closer look at the T-Stars’ performance under pressure?


More Stars

At The Dallas Morning News, Josh Friemel judges Jim Nill’s season grade as GM.

John Klingberg is a goofball, and now so is Rickard Rakell. Here they are doing the floss after picking up their IIHF World Championship gold medals.

Around the League(s)

Braden Holtby pitched his first shutout of the season as the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0. Game 7, anyone?

T.J. Oshie scored twice, including the GWG, and now the memes just write themselves.

The Vegas Golden Knights are no doubt enjoying their downtime as they wait for the Stanley Cup Final to get set.

In non-playoffs news, the Minnesota Wild have announced a deal to make Nashville Predators assistant Paul Fenton their next GM and alternate governor.

And it looks as if Lou Lamoriello is switching horses again. The Toronto Maple Leafs GM is reportedly heading back to his old tri-state stomping grounds, this time to head up the New York Islanders.

Will he get there just in time to hammer out an eight-figure deal with John Tavares? Statistician Matt Cane predicts term and AAV for the UFA class of 2018.

And fellow Hockey-Graphs.com staff member Benjamin Wendorf looks at how team talent tracks with team performance to see what it says about how competitive the NHL really is.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Who’s going to the T-Stars-IceHogs watch party in H-E-B Center tonight? Admission is free, and the team store will be open, as well as selected concessions. (If you try Mike McKenna’s Patty Stack Burger, let the rest of us know!)

Finally

Dustin Byfuglien as an MMA fighter? It’s more likely than you think, says Forrest Griffin. Enjoy!