Dallas Stars Daily Links: Homegrown Talent

The best teams are built through the draft, which bodes well for Dallas. Plus, the Stars take on the Blue Jackets tonight, more teams are letting fans into the stadiums, and more.

The NHL Draft is one of the most important times of year for a club. Almost every true Stanley Cup contender has their core composed of players drafted and developed by the club, with Free Agency and trades only able to accomplish so much.

The Dallas Stars have had trouble with the draft in the past, especially with the first round. But now, take one look at the roster and you will see a ton of homegrown talent, from both before the Jim Nill era and during:

“You had the one group of guys with the Lindells, the Klingbergs, the Faksas, the Oleksiaks, and that was really important for us,” Nill said. “Now, you have a different group with Heiskanen, Hintz, Gurianov, Dellandrea, Oettinger, Robertson. We feel we’re in a good place, but again, you have to go do it and you have to continue to work hard to improve.”

Of course, not every draft pick pans out. But when it comes to prospect development, it’s a lot more complicated than simply picking the right player:

“It’s tough to make the NHL, and a lot of things have to go right. Maybe it’s timing in the organization. Maybe they’re not the right fit with coaches or teammates or position. There’s just so many things there.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

It might have only been for the day, but yesterday the Stars sent Tanner Kero down to the taxi squad:

It’s gameday! Here’s how you can watch tonight’s matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets:

Around the League

It was a quiet Monday in the NHL. The only Central teams to square off were the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators, with the Lightning taking a 5-2 victory:

The St. Louis Blues are the latest team to let fans into the stands to help offset losses:

Tony Deangelo has gone unclaimed after being waived by the New York Rangers. Is this perhaps the end for the NHL defenseman?

The Washington Capitals started their season with a major bump in the road, yet they’ve excelled in the face of diversity:

Stick taps to Kurtis Gabriel for supporting the LGBT+ community:

Finally, It’s never too early to project Olympic rosters: