As the Dallas Stars’ preseason draws to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on the prospects who have done the most to raise their own stock – and possibly earn those key call-ups during the regular season.
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks takes a look at a few young players who have stood out during the past few weeks. For starters, plenty of fans have noticed Swedish forward Jacob Peterson, and head coach Rick Bowness has, too:
...Peterson has made the most of his opportunity, beginning with a strong Traverse City Prospect Tournament, scoring three goals in four games. He has one assist in three preseason games. [...]
“He’s 22 and he’s played at a high level, and that comes out,” Bowness said. “He’s not an 18-year-old kid that’s playing junior hockey. He’s a 22-year-old that’s played elite hockey. It’s his hockey sense. He’s looked really good. And we used him late in the penalty kill. He did that. He’s good on the power play. He can play center, left wing. He’s made a huge impression on all of us.”
Meanwhile, fellow forward Mavrik Bourque has stood out in a good way, too:
That Bourque has survived this long in training camp is a mild surprise with just three preseason games remaining. A 2020 first-round draft pick, Bourque is participating in his first NHL training camp, and the 19-year-old seems destined to spend one more season with Shawinigan in the QMJHL.
But he’s been a superb passer during his three preseason games, flashing the skill that led to 43 points in 28 QMJHL games last season. Bowness said Bourque’s hockey sense “just jumps out at you, and he’s skilled.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Ready for more Stars vs. St. Louis Blues? Here’s who the teams are bringing tonight.
Rosters for tonight’s Blues-Stars game. pic.twitter.com/QGbQbP2h5G— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) October 5, 2021
With the preseason drawing to a close, the Stars are returning prospects and players to Cedar Park and beyond.
Meanwhile, the Victory Green Gang is planning a party, and everyone’s invited.
Celebrate #HispanicHeritageMonth with us!— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 4, 2021
We're throwing a Texas-sized party on @PNCBank Plaza before our preseason home finale this Thursday, featuring live music, food and giveaway items courtesy of @ATT.
: https://t.co/7IfwfoXt44 pic.twitter.com/1mtZjHDHEB
And in case you missed it, the NHLPA is still coming down from its weekend in West Texas.
Around The Leagues
#Murder Was The Case
- MacKenzie Entwistle scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks won a 6-4 goals bonanza against the Detroit Red Wings. [Second City Hockey]
- And in Central-on-Central violence, the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 to net their first preseason win. [Hockey Wilderness]
The promo says “host,” but the article only has five. That said: Which Stars, if any, would you add to the list of prospects making their case in training camp (not “the playoffs”)?
A host of fresh faces looking for NHL opportunities have arisen during the playoffs, with many youngsters trying to prove they're worth a shot high in their respective #NHL lineups: https://t.co/F6IrUFwDPA— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 5, 2021
As the standoff between Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres continues, Robin Lehner called out the NHL for spamming drugs but otherwise limiting the medical autonomy of players.
In response, Tom Sestito shared his experiences with being given “insane” amounts of prescription medication, without any formal prescriptions.
Tom Sestito said he overused pain killer and insomnia medication, and had to be weaned off the drugshttps://t.co/uE1qOJrYd8— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 5, 2021
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
In case you missed the first round of training-camp cuts, the Texas Stars welcomed back these players over the weekend.
At long last, the gang’s all here. Let’s do that hockey, Idaho Steelheads.