Logan Stankoven, the Stars’ 2nd round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Juniors in Edmonton, Alberta.
He would set up the game winning goal in the three on three overtime of the Gold Medal Game. Kent Johnson, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, gets the golden goal.
Stankoven ends the tournament with four goals and six assists for ten points in seven games. The Kamloops Blazer continues to impress at all stages after finishing 3rd in points in the WHL with 45 goals and 59 assists this past season and after being named the CHL Player of The Year. Here was one of his goals that impressed a lot of Stars’ fans against the Czech Republic.
At the beginning of the tournament, Stankoven started a little slower than some expected. However, because of injuries in the Canada lineup, he became more & more noticeable as the tournament went along.
Stankoven appears to be ready to jump into the NHL with the Dallas Stars and it couldn’t come at a better team when the Stars finished 21st in goals scored last season and have consistently been in the bottom half of the league in goals scored for the past half decade. The Stars desperately need some offensive support on the 3rd and 4th line and Stankoven could provide that offensive boost.
Despite all of the success Stankoven has had, he has only played against guys his own age. How will his game translate against NHL veterans? Will he be able to make the Stars’ opening night roster or will he spend another year in the WHL with the Blazers? We will see when the Stars open training camp on September 21 at HEB Center, home of the Texas Stars.