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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Logan Stankoven May Be Your Next Favorite Player

“He always seems to fight through adversity and get better.” Plus, the Texas Stars release their promo schedule, #WomensWorlds are here, and more.

Canada v Finland: Gold Medal Game - 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Andy Devlin/ Getty Images

Helping Team Canada win World Juniors gold, making a splash at his second Dallas Stars development camp...Logan Stankoven has had a pretty good summer so far. But is there a roster spot waiting for him at the end of the ride?

Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika takes a look at one of of the team’s hottest prospects, and how he got that way. Let’s just say there’s a whole lot of grit to go with all that talent, as his World Juniors performance demonstrated:

“He played outstanding,” said Stars director of player personnel Rich Peverley. “I think you look at his career, and he always seems to fight through adversity and get better. He started a little slow in this tournament, but he really stepped it up as the games got bigger.”

Defying expectation has been a part of Stankoven’s DNA. Listed at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, there were many who believed he might be too small for the NHL. That’s one of the reasons he slid to Dallas at pick No. 47. However, he is showing that his strength, his smarts and his heart make him a force to deal with....

“Last year as an 18-year-old, I don’t think it was a realistic goal to make the NHL, but this time around, a full season in junior hockey, and I thought I progressed pretty well and learned a lot, and that helped me a lot,” Stankoven said at development camp this summer. “I want to be playing with Dallas next season and put my best foot forward. If not, I’ll go back to Kamloops and we get to host the Memorial Cup, so either way will be great.”

But before he makes his case at Stars training camp, Stankoven will join other top prospects at the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament:

“It’s a great opportunity,” Nill said. “You look at the history of that tournament and it’s been a great stepping stone for a lot of players. Jacob Peterson, Thomas Harley, (Mattias) Janmark before that, a lot of players have really played well and gained confidence in Traverse City. You’re playing against everybody’s best prospects, so it’s great competition.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

O HAI TAYLOR BAIRD. DBD’s managing editor posted her own Stankoven prospectus at NHL.com.

Heika has done a whole series of preseason profiles during the many long months of August. Here, he predicts that new coaching could mean new life for Joel Kiviranta’s game.

And David Castillo is at it again, with another great Stars piece for D Magazine’s StrongSide.

Around The Leagues

If you’re on the MORE. HOCKEY. NOW. bus, you probably already know that the #WomensWorlds begin tomorrow.

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Sometimes the memes make themselves.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars have some of the best promo nights in the AHL (I don’t make the news, OK?), so treat this like the big deal it is.

And if you love Max Fortunus as much as we do, you’ll love this long-form video interview from Story 512.

Finally

Yep, just like that, pretty much. Enjoy.