The Dallas Stars’ great European scouting is a matter of public record, so it’s probably not a surprise that two of their most notable prospects hail from Sweden. Fresh from earning a bronze medal in the 2020 World Juniors, both are now looking to the next level: a successful transition to North America.
Nineteen-year-old forward Albin Eriksson brings skill, size, and a double shot of attitude to his game, Julie Robenhymer reports:
“If you look in the Swedish newspapers, he’s called a little bit of a bad boy,” said Pär Johansson, the Stars’ European player development coordinator. “He plays really tough and hard and with a lot of emotion, especially for a Swedish guy. He’s learning to use that emotion for good things on the ice and that’s why he was able to get on the world junior team. He added a spark.”...
“I play with a lot of attitude. That’s my game, but I need to calm down before the games,” [Eriksson] said with a laugh. “I get so into it and I give it my all because I’m so competitive and I want to win at everything and then I play the games and I’m just exhausted. So, I decided it’s best to save all my energy for the game. Now, I only play soccer on practice days.”
Meanwhile, fellow center Oskar Back shows a cerebral side on the ice:
“I’ve seen him play in the men’s league 10-15 times and at world juniors and there’s not a single stride wrong in his defense,” Johansson said of the 6-foot-2, 198 pound centerman. “He’s always in the right position and it’s his first year playing pro here and he plays in every situation. They’re not afraid to play him with two minutes left and up a goal. He’s doing the small things right.
“People might not notice him much, but all the coaches love him because he’s so effective and it’s been like that since he was 16.”
There’s much more at the official site. [Dallas Stars]
It’s game night at the AAC as the Stars meet the Buffalo Sabres – and the returns of Radek Faksa and Corey Perry mean there are so many questions.
Jason Dickinson sat down with The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks for a look at his killer record on the PK.
Film study with Jason Dickinson: Inside the Stars penalty kill and the details of his defensively sound game https://t.co/sskhS5RGFd— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 15, 2020
The Stars have swept the Avs, and the bitter recriminations have begun.
Around The League(s)
- Zack Smith scored twice and Corey Crawford made 32 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. [Second City Hockey]
- Jakub Voracek ended the St. Louis Blues’ home winning streak with the overtime goal that gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory. [St. Louis Game Time]
Yesterday’s really big news came from the Vegas Golden Knights, who made some changes behind the bench.
NEWS— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 15, 2020
The Golden Knights have made the following coaching changes:
Gerard Gallant & Mike Kelly have been relieved of their coaching duties
Peter DeBoer has been named head coachhttps://t.co/rQsULKgYzR
The irony was too perfect for their Pacific Division rivals.
Meanwhile, TSN’s Jason Gregor captured the “WTH” tone of the day.
In two and a half seasons Gerard Gallant was 118-75-20. That is 9th most points in NHL. For an EXPANSION TEAM.— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) January 15, 2020
And he is fired today. Crazy. Absolutely nuts. #NHL
You’ve already read Tyler’s take on whether the Stars should go for Gallant. Here’s what Jim Nill had to say, because of course the question has already come up.
Jim Nill said Stars were committed to coaching staff for the rest of the season, but "interim" tag exists for a reason and Gerard Gallant all of a sudden being available makes the wheels in your head start to turn, especially since other fired coaches are getting hired quickly— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 15, 2020
Women’s hockey has been very good for NHL All-Star Week. This year, the league is taking it up a notch.
Introducing the roster for the Elite Women's 3-on-3 presented by @adidas! American and Canadian All-Stars will face off during the #NHLAllStar Skills competition on Jan. 24.— NHL (@NHL) January 16, 2020
: @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/Byo1rP06hY
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars took a historic win in H-E-B Center.
And as the T-Stars fight their way into playoff contention, there has been a surge of fans to cheer them on.
#txstars are currently running significantly above their average historic attendance.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) January 15, 2020
Current avg: 5247
Typical avg after 17 games: 5076
Last year's avg after 17: 5057
Also, Texas gets far better attendance in second half (approx 150 more per night).
A little divine intervention never hurt anybody. Enjoy.