Happy Saturday, Stars fans. The regular season has inched itself one day closer and the countdown clock has broken the 90’s and we are now officially in the 80’s. 89 days until the Stars meet up with the Chicago Blackhawks at the American Airlines Center on October 9th for their first game of the season.
The Dallas Stars will wrap up their development/orientation camp today at 4:15 P.M. The practices and camps were opened to the public eye and there was a good turnout each day for the four day camp. They participated in such activities as skills events, scrimmages, and plain old ice sessions for drills. There was also an autograph session back on Thursday after the practice. Jim Nill enjoyed what he saw from the players, and talked about the learning they had to do.
Nill said, “They all hear what it takes, but they need to live it”, when regarding to the learning experience that the prospects had to gain.
Some major names showed up at camp, including 18 year-old goalie Philippe Desrosiers, who spent his season in the QMJHL after being drafted 53rd overall by the Stars in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Desrosiers had a fantastic season last year and is looking to build off of it in the season to come and be able to move up in the ranks.
Center Jason Dickinson showed up as well. Dickinson was drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Stars as well in which he was picked 29th overall. That pick was the one the Stars received from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Jaromir Jagr. The 19-year old spent his past year in the OHL and really shined.
And as we all know, Julius Honka was in attendance. Honka was the Stars first pick in this past year’s draft and looks to fight for a defense position in the near future, and may even find himself in the AHL come next year. Honka is a fantastic two-way defenseman and plays the offensive game REALLY well. The Stars really liked what they saw from him at development camp and Honka showed off all the skills he had.
The Stars definitely have a beauty of a farm system and will look to exploit it even more than they did last year in the years to come. 89 days, people. Stay diligent.
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