Dallas Stars Daily Links: Wyatt Johnston is Here to Stay

After a strong start to his rookie season, Johnston will be with the Stars for the foreseeable future. Plus, a Jake Oettinger injury update, turmoil in California, and more.

Wyatt Johnston was probably not out collecting candy last night, but he was still in for a treat — Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill told reporters yesterday that the 19 year old rookie forward will not be sent back to the OHL and will instead remain in Dallas for the foreseeable future:

“I want to say he’s here,” Nill said. “Now, if we get into December 20th and he’s really struggling, he has the option to go back to World Juniors. Right now, he’s in our lineup. He’s one of the 12 guys in our lineup every night and that’s the attitude that we’re taking with him.”

Johnston has appeared in all nine games for Dallas this season, scoring three goals and an assist will ranking seventh among forwards in average time on ice (14:19). He hasn’t looked out of place once this season, skating with the NHL’s best right where he belongs:

“He deserves to be here,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “He’s a big part of our group. He makes our team better. He’s shown that every night he’s been in the lineup. I’m excited about him. My excitement lies in that I think he’s just scratching the surface.”

There’s more from Matthew DeFranks here:

Stars Stories

Here are the Stars’ Halloween costumes from this year. Everyone focused on the Finnish Mafia, but I especially like how Joe and Sarah Pavelski went as caddies for Johnston:

In less fun news, Jake Oettinger is out with injury for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time:

Since Anton Khudobin will carry too much of a cap hit, the Stars have signed Texas Stars goaltender Matt Murray (no not the Toronto Maple Leafs one) to an ELC:

Around the League

Is 2023 the new 2015? Scott Wheeler ranks the stacked 2023 NHL Draft class:

In case you thought things might get better for the Anaheim Ducks, spoiler alert: they won’t.

Speaking of terrible California teams, was Brett Burns the first of many San Jose Sharks casualties?

Finally, the latest in the Hockey Canada scandal: