Dallas Stars Daily Links: Lehtinen and the Finnish Mafia
The Stars legend gives some valuable insight into the team’s newest Finn, Joel Kiviranta. Plus, an inside look at the draft interview process, top trade targets, and more.
Recently, the Dallas Stars signed Finnish forward Joel Kiviranta to a two-year ELC, growing their “Finnish Mafia” in the organization that consists of players such as Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell, and Roope Hintz.
Of course, when talking about Finland and Dallas, you have to bring up Stars legend Jere Lehtinen. Currently the General Manager for Finland’s national team, Lehtinen often provides insight into his players to both the Stars and other NHL teams:
Lehtinen downplayed his role in Kiviranta’s signing, but did mention that NHL general managers had spoken to him about the Finnish forward and others from the 2019 IIHF Championship team.
“Those guys have seen him, and I tell them what I’ve seen,” Lehtinen said. “Sometimes I will tell (an NHL GM) ‘You should maybe look a little more closely.’ Bottom line, they are making their decision, and so I didn’t play a big part (for Kiviranta), but I will say I like him as a player and I like how he plays the game.”
Lehtinen went into further detail as to what Stars fans should expect from Kiviranta:
“Really good skater, strong skater actually. He can accelerate pretty fast and up to speed. He’s not the biggest guy, but from what I’ve seen he can go hard in the corners, he’s so strong in his legs,” Lehtinen said. “He has pretty good skills. But I think there is upside where he can get better.
You can read more from Sean Shapiro’s piece here.
Around the League
It’s a bit of a longer read, but it’s absolutely worth your time:
An inside look at the interview process for an NHL Draft prospect https://t.co/tdiP2iT6tL— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) June 5, 2019
I don’t think the Stars are that interested in Erik Karlsson this time around, but man, it bugs me that they aren’t included here:
Who are the top contenders to sign Erik Karlsson? @THNMattLarkin breaks down the suitors, with pros and cons: https://t.co/r0BluyViJP— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 5, 2019
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight, but will we see Zdeno Chara on the ice?
Still no official updates from the Bruins on Zdeno Chara's availability for tomorrow's pivotal Game 5. #StanleyCup https://t.co/qwlIEsyOsx— #StanleyCup on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 5, 2019
Do you think the Stars should be targeting someone from this list?
.@CraigCustance's Trade Board: Top 20 players who could move this summer: https://t.co/NoPFgRegOX— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) June 5, 2019
Meanwhile, here are some players who would be lucky if a team wanted to trade for them:
Buyout season is almost upon us. Which players are prime candidates to get cut loose? @THNJaredClinton looks at a few:https://t.co/vBr9Z124Py— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 6, 2019
In keeping with today’s Finnish lead...
The people have spoken! Y'all wanted Miro wallpapers, here ya go. #WallpaperWednesday #GoStars pic.twitter.com/r3D4RY4OyE— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 5, 2019