Let’s continue the Dallas Stars Prospect Series this afternoon with another top prospect that I would like to talk about, Mavrik Bourque. This morning, we went over what top prospect Logan Stankoven has to do at training camp to make the Stars’ opening night roster this year.
Mavrik Bourque has a little more of a path to get to the NHL than Stankoven does. Is it possible? Yes, it’s possible but he has some work to do at training camp this September. Let’s go over Bourque’s background in hockey and what he needs to do in order to make the roster this year.
Dallas Stars Prospect Series: Mavrik Bourque’s hockey background
Mavrik Bourque played junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL up in Canada two years ago. He finished with 20 goals and 48 assists that year before moving down to the States to play in Cedar Park. Last year with the Texas Stars he finished with 20 goals and 27 assists which is pretty good for your first year in the AHL. Bourque looked like an AHL player that was wanting to get promoted to the NHL.
Dallas Stars Prospect Series: Likeliness that he makes the Stars’ roster this season
Just like I mentioned in Logan Stankoven’s article, He probably will end up back in Cedar Park again this upcoming season. The reason why is pretty simple, there isn’t any room for Bourque on the Stars’ roster with all the free-agent signings that happened over the summer. Bourque is in the same water as Stankoven trying to make the roster. Both have to stand out very brightly if they want to play with the Dallas Stars next season.
Dallas Stars Prospect Series: What he needs to work on
Really for Mavrik Bourque, all he needs to do is solidify his overall game. He’s got the offense down, I think working on his defensive and checking game is the goal this year down in Cedar Park. I know he’s getting closer to the end of his entry-level contract but if he continues to improve and stand out, Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill will re-sign him.
I know it stinks we won’t see the top two prospects in Dallas to begin the year but around the trade deadline, who knows, maybe they will be promoted then. With Stankoven and Bourque progressing the way they are right now, the future is bright with the Stars’ organization.