The Dallas Stars would love to have more good news about first-round draft picks. With Miro Heiskanen already an incipient superstar and Ty Dellandrea looking more and more like a future regular, Thomas Harley could be the next success story.
Harley was a bright spot in the Stars’ 2-1 preseason loss to the Minnesota Wild last night, and he’s enjoying his extended stay with the big team, writes Jefff Odom:
“Through each game, you definitely learn more and more, so that each new game, you’re better,” said Harley, who in all likelihood, will be sent back to Mississauga of the OHL instead of making the Stars’ opening night roster come Oct. 3.
”You know some of the situations that are coming at you. You know how to play with the players. ... It’s just getting comfortable out there.”
Harley’s 21:42 of ice time was second only to Heiskanen’s 26:30 among Dallas defensemen. Some of those minutes came at the end of the match, after the Stars had pulled Anton Khudobin and were pushing hard for the equalizer:
“I love it,” Harley said. “To be out there in the final minutes is pretty cool, especially with some of the other older guys that they have to pick from on the back end. So being out there, I’m just trying to reward that faith that the coaches have in me.”
That faith is real, and it adds up to what could evolve into a strong Dallas blueline for years to come.
”The future is bright on the back end,” Montgomery said. “They’re smart, talented and are good hockey players.”
There’s more in Jeff’s recap, and in this post-action interview. [Dallas Stars]
Sean Shapiro and Owen Newkirk have many thoughts about the Stars’ shiny new D prospect in their latest Carcast.
Jim Montgomery saw some positives in last night’s low-offense showing.
"We’re starting to see pieces come together and guys are starting to play together. You want to see your team getting better in a lot of areas and we’re seeing that so that’s the positive.” - Monty#GoStars pic.twitter.com/oX7f70ZO9w— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 27, 2019
In other prospect news, Dawson Barteaux is officially committed.
Around The League(s)
The Winnipeg Jets are slowly but surely stabilizing their lineup. Should we look for a Patrik Laine re-signing soon?
With bridge deals for Point and Tkachuk in place, is Jets restricted free agent Laine next? @THNJaredClinton on why a pair of pacts earlier this week could lay the groundwork for the sharpshooter's signing:https://t.co/Ad6y2SxlEg— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 27, 2019
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers are facing unfortunate news about Nolan Patrick’s long-term health.
Forward Nolan Patrick will miss the start of the regular season for the Philadelphia Flyers https://t.co/9vX55rPcOQ— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) September 27, 2019
Is Jonathan Drouin on the way out in Montreal?
The human side of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is always compelling. Here’s a story you may not have heard yet about Vladimir Tarasenko’s now-famous family photo.
For Vladimir Tarasenko and Torey Krug, life during the Stanley Cup Final wasn’t just about hockey. @JoanNiesen on how the two expectant fathers and their wives navigated around the championship series (and superstitions) https://t.co/VXsaZBTmeC— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) September 25, 2019
Katie Strang writes about new evidence in the Auston Matthews incident.
“They were drunk out their frickin’ minds but I asked them to leave me the hell alone,” - New video emerges in Auston Matthews case https://t.co/2O214fHYmQ— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) September 26, 2019