Dallas Stars Daily Links: Thomas Harley Is Getting Noticed In The Good Way

The Stars are looking forward to more good news from first-round picks. Plus, Jonathan Drouin may be on the outs in Montreal, new evidence in the Auston Matthews case, and more.

The Dallas Stars would love to have more good news about first-round draft picks. With Miro Heiskanen already an incipient superstar and Ty Dellandrea looking more and more like a future regular, Thomas Harley could be the next success story.

Harley was a bright spot in the Stars’ 2-1 preseason loss to the Minnesota Wild last night, and he’s enjoying his extended stay with the big team, writes Jefff Odom:

“Through each game, you definitely learn more and more, so that each new game, you’re better,” said Harley, who in all likelihood, will be sent back to Mississauga of the OHL instead of making the Stars’ opening night roster come Oct. 3.

”You know some of the situations that are coming at you. You know how to play with the players. ... It’s just getting comfortable out there.”

Harley’s 21:42 of ice time was second only to Heiskanen’s 26:30 among Dallas defensemen. Some of those minutes came at the end of the match, after the Stars had pulled Anton Khudobin and were pushing hard for the equalizer:

“I love it,” Harley said. “To be out there in the final minutes is pretty cool, especially with some of the other older guys that they have to pick from on the back end. So being out there, I’m just trying to reward that faith that the coaches have in me.”

That faith is real, and it adds up to what could evolve into a strong Dallas blueline for years to come.

”The future is bright on the back end,” Montgomery said. “They’re smart, talented and are good hockey players.”

There’s more in Jeff’s recap, and in this post-action interview. [Dallas Stars]

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