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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Thomas Harley Eyeing a Future in Dallas

The Stars’ most recent first rounder is aiming to make the NHL roster next fall. Plus, interviews from last night’s win, Artemi Panarin scores a questionable goal, and more.

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Thomas Harley missed out on a gold medal at the 2020 World Junior Championship when he was one of the final cuts made by Team Canada. But instead of working toward making the team next year, the Dallas Stars’ 2019 draft pick is focused on making the NHL squad:

“I think I’m pretty close,” Harley said. “I can’t speak for (what Stars GM) Jim Nill or (interim head coach) Rick Bowness is thinking about me, but I think I’m pretty close to being able to play at that level… another year in the (OHL) and just going to training camp next year without being my first year is going to help me a lot.”

Like Miro Heiskanen before him, Harley has a good chance of making his NHL debut just a year after being drafted. The Stars’ blue line has a couple of defensemen on expiring contracts, though if Harley wants to take one of their spots, he still has some improvements to make:

“...I’m definitely focusing on [my work in the defensive zone] this year,” Harley said. “I think it’s improving with every week … it’s slow, but it’s getting there. And just kind of working on getting bigger and stronger, not trying to sound cliche here, but it’s true and what I’m working on — the NHL is a man’s game. I’m not quite there yet, but hopefully this year and another summer gets me close enough.”

You can read more about Harley from Sean Shapiro here.


Stars Stories

Tyler Seguin finally snapped his goalless streak in last night’s win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here’s what he had to say about getting the monkey off his back:

The puck from the goal will go to Jason Robertson, however, who scored his first NHL point with the secondary assist:

All in all, it was a pretty big day for the Stars:


Around the League

It was a mixed bag for the Central Division last night:

Speaking of which... are we sure this Artemi Panarin goal isn’t illegal?

The Chicago Blackhawks won’t trade Robin Lehner, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t consider it:


League Links

Speaking of trades, Julius Honka is one of several NHL prospects who could be on the move before the end of the month:

Greg Wyshynski details everything that’s wrong with the NHL Olympics debate in his latest Wysh List:

Here’s you weekly reminder that the NHL Department of Player Safety is a sham:

In case you need a refresher...


Finally...

I love Jamie Benn: