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The recently signed second round pick recently talked about his past season with Kingston and plans going forward. Plus, discussion on Jets-Predators and Capitals-Penguins, Carolina has a new coach and GM, and more.

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Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson recently signed his three-year ELC with the Dallas Stars, and has joined the Texas Stars temporarily on their quest for the Calder Cup. The former second round pick sat down with Sean Shapiro and talked a bit about the past year with the Kingston Frontenacs:

It went pretty good. For an organization in Kingston, we went further than anyone has in 25 years. (At) the halfway point where we traded for all those guys there… management came up to me and said, “You’re one of the reasons we think we can go all-in this year.” And they pulled the trigger on that, and it feels good individually. But we still did miss out on the third round, we always wanted more.

The plan is for Robertson to return to the OHL next year — he’s not eligible to play in the AHL full-time — and continue his development. Perhaps the biggest skill he needs to work on, according to most scouts, is his skating ability:

Skating can always be improved, like you said. It’s something that I think can get better, but it’s also not that bad.

I guess it looks sloppy sometimes and it’s something that perception-wise doesn’t look that great. But I feel [good] on the ice and I’ve been told by other people it’s not as bad as people say. I’ll still focus on it this summer and years to come of course.

You can read the entire interview here.


Other Stars News

It isn’t quite HGTV, but Twitter is a pretty close second:

Speaking of new head coach Jim Montgomery, Terry Frei wrote a solid piece on Montgomery’s time spent at Denver and his decision to make the jump to the NHL. [Mile High Sports]

Sheldon Dries is doing great things in the AHL playoffs, and teams around the league are noticing:


Around the League

We aren’t quite done with the second round, but the league has already announced the schedule for round three:

The reason for the holdup? The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators are going to a Game 7, which should be a surprise to no one. [The Hockey News]

The Predators are still considered the favorites, but they might need some extra help from their forwards if they want to make a second consecutive Western Conference Final:

Elsewhere, the Washington Capitals have finally managed to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. Greg Wyshnyski writes about why this year was different: [ESPN]

The Penguins might have lost this time around, but don’t think this is some sort of “passing of the torch”:

Down Goes Brown goes through each of the non-playoff teams and gives them a team that made the 2018 postseason that should give them hope for next year. [Sportsnet]

Scott Wheeler has finished his final prospect rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft. Listed at #13 — where the Dallas Stars are picking — is QMJHL center Joe Veleno:

Rory Boylen examines six teams that impending UFA Joe Thornton could end up with, including Dallas, as well as a return to the San Jose Sharks. [Sportsnet]


Finally...

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Rod Brind’Amour as their new head coach. Considering he was the captain of the 2006 Stanley Cup squad and that this hire was likely very PR-centered, it’s understandable why their general manager hire received less attention: