Two big defence positions have opened up as earlier in the week as Dallas dealt Mark Fistric to the Oilers. While some say dealing Fistric was a bit premature, Dallas has won that trade whether you want to believe it or not. Aside from the fact that it made 2 defence spots available, it also opened up cap space to sign good ol’ Jamie Benn.
Benn’s brother Jordie is one of those defenceman vying for a spot on the roster. And he has a good shot at it. Jordie has been in the professional fold for the past five years making experience an asset. The past two full seasons that he has spent with the AHL’s Texas Stars has seen him rank 6th in points (32) and tied for 5th in assists (23). He has already been in the show and has already notched his first NHL point. Those jitters out of the way he can sit back and relax, and focus on what needs to be done on the blue line.
Jamie Olesksiak is another powerful defenceman Dallas is keeping their eye on. The kid is huge. Coming in at 6’7″, Oleksiak is towering over the other players. Dallas drafted him 14th overall in the first round of the 2011 entry draft. The 20 year old is in his first professional season with Texas playing 38 games with 17 points. Back in the OHL he split his time between the Saginaw Spirit and Niagara Ice Dogs. I’ve witnessed his remarkable presence on the ice first hand in a game against the Kingston Frontenacs and knew he was something special. That same year he also won bronze with Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Brenden Dillon is another defenceman looking to make the leap to Dallas. Dillon spent 4 years with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL before turning professional. In his first full season with Texas, Dillon was one of three players who played all 76 games and racked a total of 29 points. He’s another one who has a bit of NHL experience already. He made his Dallas debut in the 2011-2012 season against the St. Louis Blues.
These three have their worked cut out for them at this week’s ongoing training camp. The Dallas Stars open their 2012-2013 season this Saturday at home against the Phoenix Coyotes. It will be interesting to see who makes the cut.
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