It is a simple question. Should Tomas Vincour get a chance to stay with the team? The young winger just continues to impress. While he may not be the flashiest youngster on the ice, I really like what we have been seeing from him. As the Dallas Stars enter into the last week of the preseason, we have already seen a few players get sent down and Vincour still remains with the team.
The team cut the roster to 39 players today by moving six players out. Brad Lukowich and some of the younger guys got sent down to the Texas Stars (Read). But as the roster starts to slim down more and more, I don’t expect to see Vincour sent down until possibly the last set of moves before the season. The 20 year-old Czech winger has been something fun to watch in his short time with the Stars so far in his career. He was an injury call-up last season, and quickly gained some fans among the Stars faithful fans. You could immediately see that he was not overwhelmed by the speed of the NHL game, and did alright for Dallas. He plays the “right way” and is not afraid to get in the zone and work hard. He had quite a few cheering him on and awaiting his first goal, which came against Calgary on March 9th. In the end he only accumulated 2 points in 24 games, but he left an impression and left many of us hoping to see him fully at the NHL level in a year or two. Fast-forward to this year. He had a nice camp by most accounts and was at times paired with some of the Stars offensive players. But what makes me think he should stay is what we have seen so far in the preseason. He has not been a negative player in the +/- column, had a two point night, and two of the three games he has been in has looked very good. He is skating a little better, using his body a bit more then last season (he should at 6’2″ and over 200 lbs), and looks ready to make the jump.
Problem is the Stars have guys like Barch, Peterson, free agent signee Eric Godard, and other young guns all fighting for the last couple of forward spots on the NHL roster. While I don’t think Barch and Godard will see a lot of ice time together, I anticipate at least one will probably be on the NHL roster at all times. Peterson will probably stay as well. So for now Vincour has to continue to fight off the likes of Colton Sceviour and Matt Fraser, plus possibly Scott Glennie whenever he is healthy. While Fraser has been amazing in the prospect tourney and preseason, I think the Stars might wait one more year to long. So that leaves Vincour, Sceviour, and Glennie (all guys that should be top six guys with the Texas Stars this year) to battle to be the first call-up or possibly steal a spot on the roster.
Should he stay? I think so. I think he is ready to at least get the chance. Now he might have one or two more preseason games to convince the right people in the coaching staff and organization that he should.