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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Jason Robertson Makes His Move

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The star prospect plans to earn a place on the U.S. World Juniors team. Plus, Comeau in the film room, Hanzal on the ice, RFAs in potentially contentious contract talks, and more.

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Dallas Stars second-rounder Jason Robertson is aiming for a Team USA sweater.
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From a starring role in the OHL playoffs to being a Black Ace for the Texas Stars’ run to the 2018 Calder Cup Final, Jason Robertson is on trajectory to realize his dream – playing in the NHL, for the Dallas Stars.

But first things first – Robertson, who signed his ELC in May, has set his sights on a Team USA roster spot in the 2019 World Junior Championships. Mark Stepneski caught up with one of the Stars’ hottest forward prospects during the offseason:

“It’s a priority,” Robertson said. “My No. 1 priority is to play for the Dallas Stars eventually, but (the World Junior team) is a separate goal and something I am going to work to be on. I’ve talked to the head coach, and he personally invited me there, so I think that is a good start.”

Robertson isn’t the only Stars prospect who will attend the World Junior Summer Showcase July 23 to August 4 – Ty Dellandrea and Oskar Bäck are already on roster for Canada and Sweden. But he’s working with an elite NHL trainer and clearly wants to continue his momentum from a great season with the Kingston Frontenacs:

“He’s taken a huge step. The door has been kicked open for him to be a professional hockey player,” [director of player development Rich] Peverley said. “He’s training with Gary Roberts this summer, which is a huge commitment on his part. He’s living up there by himself. He’s training with other guys that are taking that big step, and that is ultimately going to make him a better player next year.”

Mark has more. [Stars Inside Edge]


Stars Stuff

Martin Hanzal is back on the ice, says The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro. He also points out that Hanzal starting the season on IR could mean waivers exemptions for fellow forwards Gemel Smith, Remi Elie, and Jason Dickinson.

Plus, Sean’s latest Film Room is all about new guy Blake Comeau.

Remember Hockey As Animals? Now there’s NHL Players With Hearts, and Tyler Seguin and his dogs look like this.

Not directly Stars-related, but if you’re a longtime DFW hockey fan, you might know someone who knows someone.

Around the League(s)

Which NHL teams have done the best job of building with players under 27 years of age? Emily Kaplan of ESPN has done the sums.

The Washington Capitals traded Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche. Then the Avs bought him out. Now the Caps have re-signed him. It’s complicated. This may help.

Will Artemi Panarin play the entire season with the Columbus Blue Jackets? Will the Florida Panthers bounce back into the playoffs? NHL.com’s Dan Rosen takes on these questions and others in his latest mailbag. [NHL]

CCM shot a new ad with a 360 camera so you can feel what it must be like to get embarrassed by Connor McDavid.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are “going to try and not lose good players for nothing in free agency.” So where does that leave Jake Gardiner, especially as the team takes on John Tavares’ massive payday?

Kevin Papetti at Pension Plan Puppets would like to remind everyone that Gardiner is pretty good at hockey.

The Hockey News podcast did so well with their last all-readers episode that they’ve done another. Let the Montreal Canadiens pile-on continue!

Also at THN: Jared Clinton lists five 2018 RFAs whose contract negotiations might get contentious – from Dylan Larkin to Noah Hanifin. [THN]

Blake Coleman of the New Jersey Devils has a new side hustle, and it’s kind of a big dill.

Finally

Here’s one good thing about the offseason: PhotoShop artists who like hockey have plenty of time to do things like this. Check out Patrik Laine’s porn ’stache and P.K. Subban’s Mod Squad hair, and enjoy.