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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Cedar Park Shuttle And The Future Of Prospects

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The NHL-AHL yoyo is tough and tiring, but it works, writes Saad Yousuf. Plus, the latest Central action, some Ty Dellandrea news, and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It could be that the only thing more frustrating than a string of healthy scratches in the NHL is not sticking in the NHL at all – or at least on the regular. Over the past couple of season, Dallas Stars prospects from Gavin Bayreuther to Joel L’Esperance have become intimately familiar with the trip from Austin Metro to the Big D and back.

But does it really help? Saad Yousuf of The Athletic tracks two players who have seen their share of the Cedar Park shuttle:

Roope Hintz and Jason Dickinson are two examples of the standard process of developing NHL talent. Sure, an NHL team may find a Miro Heiskanen every now and then. But teenage phenoms aside, the AHL provides a significant stage for hockey development. More than anything, it allows young players to get on the ice and play big minutes instead of being a healthy scratch or playing a spare role at the NHL level. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” The AHL provides practice time with game intensity.

The process of going up and down, however, can be physically and emotionally grueling.

“When they get sent down, it’s a little bit harder because you have to get them dialed in and get them motivated and get them focused on playing down here,” Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal said. “They’re always dejected a little bit; let’s be honest, you (go) down from the NHL to the American League, you’re going to be dejected no matter what you’ve been told so we have to try and prop them up a little bit and that’s part of our job and that’s just the way it is.”

Dickinson, his time in transit behind him, can speak for the unseen advantages of staying up to get his ice time in:

“I was actually thinking the other day, I woke up and I felt good, I felt rested, I felt like I was in a good spot,” Dickinson said. “I was remembering this time last year, right around (the) trade deadline and I was just thinking how tired I was. I would wake up in the mornings and I was exhausted and nothing really changed except for being up and down all of the time, the mental exhaustion, going from one place to the next, sleeping in a different bed every night.

There’s more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]


Stars Stuff

Every team is fighting a terrible battle this time of year. It’s an obvious point, but one worth keeping in mind, as Mike Heika writes.

Ottawa 67s RW Tye Felhaber signed his ELC with the Stars yesterday, and his parents are as proud as can be.

Joining us late? Here’s a six-minute guide to what happened last month.

Around The League(s)

#Death Notes

Here’s how a deadline deal goes right – right, Kevin Hayes?

Kurtis Gabriel is in trouble. The New Jersey Devils agitator will report to DoPS today for boarding Philadelphia Flyers star Nolan Patrick.

Cold comfort for Connor McDavid? Leon Draisaitl now has the empty distinction of being a near-equal waste of talent on the hapless Edmonton Oilers, writes Matt Larkin.

Jarome Iginla was many things to many people, and he excelled at all of them. Eric Duhatschek revisits the trade that sent him from the Stars to the Calgary Flames.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Will the Stars’ most cherished prospect move to Texas sooner rather than later? Ty Dellandrea could be on his way to the Texas Stars.

Meanwhile, the T-Stars lost 2-1 in OT to the Chicago Wolves last night. Coach Laxdal gave his team credit for a hard fight in the postgame scrum.