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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Other “Process”

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Player development isn’t always linear — sometimes it’s a yo-yo. Plus, Denis Gurianov scores a hat trick in his first AHL game, the Stars host the Capitals tonight, and more.

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Yesterday, Denis Gurianov was sent down to the AHL. It was a tough break for the Dallas Stars rookie, but that doesn’t mean his NHL season is done. In fact, head coach Jim Montgomery expects Gurianov to force his way back to Dallas:

”He;s very similar to Roope Hintz [last season]... He’s got to go down and earn his way back, and he’s got to become a confident player with the puck again. That’s why he’s gone down there, and we fully expect him to do that.”

Many were upset about the re-assignment, afraid they may have another Julius Honka situation on their hands. But almost every NHL player has gone through this process before. For instance, Jamie Oleksiak has come along way from the young rookie defenseman afraid to make mistakes:

“It’s a process,” Oleksiak said. “Experience is a huge thing. When you play in big games, you start to realize you can handle it. Then, getting the confidence, getting the coach’s trust, there are a million things that go into it. It’s a process, and once you get in the mindset that you can’t be overthinking things, everything becomes better.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.


Stars Stories

Oh, and in case you were worried about Gurianov losing confidence over the re-assignment:

Unfortunately for the Texas Stars, I think they tried to be too much like Dallas last night:

It’s gameday! The Stars hope to get their second win of the season and against the Washington Capitals tonight:

Here’s what Montgomery has to say about the game, including the return of Jason Dickinson:


Around the League

If I were you, I wouldn’t be too worried about the Stars’ 1-3-1 start. After all, it’s obvious the NHL is malfunctioning and should get fixed any day now:

Of course, it’s still early in the season. Matt Larkin tries to make sense of who’s for real and who isn’t:

Down Goes Brown talks player rivalries, goalpost ringings, and more in his first Grab Bag of the season:

Remember when Patrick Marleau was good at hockey? You should — it was only a couple of days ago:

Last season everyone gushed about Miro Heiskanen — now it’s Cale Makar’s turn:

Finally, one day people will stop overvaluing “grit’ and “toughness.” But today is not that day: