Dallas Stars Daily Links: Gurianov, Harley Impressing in Camp

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Training camp is well underway, and the Dallas Stars will play their first game of the preseason tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Two names to keep an eye on: Denis Gurianov and Thomas Harley.

For Gurianov, this year is his chance to finally break into the NHL for good, perhaps even in a Top 6 role. The Russian rookie has been getting plenty of practice time alongside Jamie Benn and Joe Pavelski, and has impressed head coach Jim Montgomery thus far:

“I see a more confident person as far as playing with Jamie and Pavs. He’s just the same skillset and power, and the ability is there,” Montgomery said. “Now it’s gotta transfer to the games and we’re excited to see what he can add to our lineup on a nightly basis.”

Harley isn’t expected to contend for a NHL roster spot, but given the defense’s current state, anything is possible. Especially since Montgomery has compared the Stars’ first round pick to Miro Heiskanen:

“And I’m being serious,” Montgomery expanded. “He covers ice really well, his instincts offensively and defensively have been really impressive... He’s a beautiful skater. He covers a lot of ice, makes a lot of good decisions. I mean, wow, we’re excited about him.”

You can read more training camp observations from Sean Shapiro here.

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