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Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Look Back at the Stars’ 2011 Draft Class

As speculation over who the Stars will select in 2016 NHL Draft ramps up, Sean Shapiro takes a look back at what happened in drafts of years past. In 2011, Dallas made six picks, three of whom—Jamie Oleksiak, Brett Ritchie, and Jyrki Jokipakka—have played in the NHL.

Shapiro writes off fourth-round pick Emil Molin and fifth-rounder Troy Vance as busts, but is more optimistic about Matej Stransky.

6th round, 165th overall: Matej Stransky, RW, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Status: Prospect
NHL Games: 0

The Czech winger Matej Stransky was a low-risk, potentially high-reward selection for Dallas in the sixth round after he had 26 points for the Saskatoon Blades during the 2010-11 season. …

This season, Stransky took major strides after being a healthy scratch on opening night and set a career high with 23 goals. He is still a long-shot, but has opened the window to get a handful of NHL games in his career as a call-up.

There’s plenty more on 2011 at the link. [Hockey’s Future]

Playing with a new team doesn’t magically solve a defenseman’s old problems—at TSN, Travis Yost uses Kris Russell, Tyler Myers, and Brooks Orpik to explain why. [TSN]

Brendan Ranford, who signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Texas Stars, is happy to be back in Cedar Park. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Former Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk is making the move to the WHL where he’ll be the head coach for the Prince George Cougars. [Missouri Mavericks]

Josh Lile speculates on what Jamie Benn‘s contract extension might look like. [WFAA]

The Panthers have a whole new look.

Here’s a view of their alternate logo.

And on the subject of uniforms… a look at whether we should be calling them sweaters or jerseys. [Wall Street Journal]

The Sharks enter Game 3 tomorrow night in an 0-2 hole, but teams have clawed their way out of that deficit in the Stanley Cup Final before. [Sports Illustrated]

The “Is Sidney Crosby Cheating on Faceoffs?” saga continues. [Puck Daddy]

Kirk Muller is joining the Canadiens as an associate coach. [Montreal]

Meanwhile, Ovi is spending his offseason playing in charity basketball games. (And in this case, on a team coached by his mom, who’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist.)

Sean McIndoe reveals every prospect’s secret schedule at the Combine. Highlights include the “So you’ve been drafted by Edmonton” workshop. [Sportsnet]

A look at how Joel Ward made his way to San Jose. [Star-Tribune]

Former enforcer Stephen Peat struggles to deal with what he believes are the side effects of years of concussions. [New York Times]

The Islanders and forward Casey Cizikas have agreed on a new deal.

Brace yourselves for a crazy offseason. [TSN]

Rangers announcer Sam Rosen will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, while Blackhawks historian Bob Verdi will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. [WaPo]

Meet Domenico Vacca, Brent Burns‘s very busy tailor. [Sportsnet]

And finally, Landon Bow is happy about joining the Texas Stars.