As promising as the 8-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricane squad was in the first game of the tournament, things just never came to fruition for the Stars prospect team after that. Losing all of the remaining games the Stars would come out in 6th place out of 7 teams. Not exactly the most promising ending, but it is just a prospect tournament, right?
All in all the Stars prospect situation is an interesting one. I personally think it has improved greatly over the last 2 years from something that was stagnant and dull to something to be hopeful about with the additions of players like Oleksiak and Ritchie from this years draft to Brenden Dillon being picked up as a free agent. And you can’t forget about guys like Phillip Larsen, Scott Glennie and Matt Frasier who are all skilled players waiting for an opening.
But the state of the big club is in flux and in a very tight situation as far as room for someone to break into the line-up out of camp goes. The room I refer to is actually non-existent if you look over the Stars roster and its contract layout. So players like Phillip Larsen who have seemingly been on the flux will still be stuck in Austin for another year whether they are ready for the NHL or not. Perhaps next season we will see some spots open up for some fresh blood to follow in the footsteps of Jamie Benn and make the squad.
Then again, it doesn’t seem like the current staff is affraid to send players down and risk them being sweapt up off of waivers as they wait to pass. See Crombeen for an early example and Segal for a more recent one. With the firing of Tim Bernhardt as a part of the scouting team you have to wonder what the big wigs are thinking when they look at the state of the prospect pool.
What do you think of it?