Ever since the Dallas Stars moved their AHL affiliate from Iowa to Cedar Park in 2009, the AHL squad has been a rather consistent recipe for success. The team made the Calder Cup Finals in 2010, won it all in 2014, and have made the finals this year for the third time since the move.
A big part of that is thanks to Stars Assistant General Manager Scott White, who has been in charge of the Texas Stars ever since the move and has found ways to constantly get quality players on the ice:
White’s biggest strength might be finding players in strange places. Travis Morin joined the team as a tryout player in White’s first season and is still a key in this playoff run. White had two late adds this season in Sheldon Dries (Western Michigan) and Joel L’Esperance (Michigan Tech), and both have added the depth needed to get Texas to the Finals.
White’s done such a good job with Texas that one can’t help but hope he never leaves the organization. However, it might be only a matter of time before White gets whisked away by some NHL team looking for a new GM:
“He’s a guy who, down the road, is going to get consideration to be a general manager in the NHL,” Nill said.
”If you look, we’ve had some great coaches, but it’s three different coaches and one GM who has been to the Calder Cup Final three times,” Janko said. “That bodes well for him and where he is going to go in his career. It’s been great to watch him work and see how much work he puts in. I can learn a lot from him.”
You can read more in Mike Heika’s piece here.
More Stars News
Yesterday was a slow news day for Stars fans again, but today should be different as Texas takes on the Toronto Marlies tonight. Texas hopes to take a 2-1 series lead, on what could be a very hot evening:
If you have FOX Sports Southwest Plus, here’s a nifty guide to show you how to view Games 3, 4, and 5 of the series: [100 Degree Hockey]
Note: Games will still be airing on NHL Network; FSSW+ is just a different way to view the games.
About Last Night...
The Stanley Cup will be in Vegas on Thursday, but Vegas Golden Knights fans won’t want to see it out on the ice as the Washington Capitals won 6-2 last night, putting them one win away from the franchise’s first Cup. [Japers’ Rink]
Just to reiterate: Evgeny Kuznetsov’s has 31 points in just 23 games, plus his four assists last night were possibly made with a broken hand. The Russian center probably deserves some more Conn Smythe buzz: [NBC Sports]
Of course, you can’t forget about goaltender Braden Holtby, who looks nothing like the goaltender who started the postseason on the bench:
My column tonight from Washington, where the Capitals are one win away from a Stanley Cup. Where would they be without Braden Holtby? His current backup and one of his former backups chime in on Holtby's special spring:https://t.co/TdxgBv6WzP— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 5, 2018
Around the League
Max Pacioretty is up for an extension soon. Could he potentially be a rare extend-and-trade case?
Three NHL writers did mock drafts recently, and all three of them had the Stars picking Joe Veleno at No. 13. [NHL]
Finally, still not sure who you want to see with the Cup? It’s a little late, but Down Goes Brown is here to bail you out: