We have finally made it to the end of the offseason as training camp officially begins in the morning in Cedar Park. Dallas Stars players and prospects are ready to get back out there and work towards getting back to the Western Conference Finals. With 60 players attending camp this season, there is so much talent up and down the training camp roster.
The Stars basically have their opening night roster set through free-agent acquisitions. However, that doesn’t mean a prospect can earn a spot on the opening night roster. Here at Blackout Dallas, we have put together a list of prospects that you need to keep an eye on during camp.
Dallas Stars Prospects To Watch: Forwards
We can’t kick off this list without mentioning the top prospect in the Stars’ organization. Stankoven will be probably the most-watched prospect considering he has the potential to be on the opening night roster. More than likely he will end up in Cedar Park to start the season but that doesn’t mean he can’t force his way onto the Stars’ roster.
The second-best prospect in the organization will be another player to keep an eye on. He will more than likely be sent down to Austin for his second season with the Texas Stars unless he forces his way onto the opening night roster in Dallas. He still needs to work on his offensive game and the Stars front office wants him to continue to develop.
Now this is a prospect that has a really high offensive ceiling if he can improve his overall game. Stranges is looking to take the next step and make it to the Stars roster. However, there are parts of his game that he still needs to work on, and playing in Cedar Park might be the way to go this season. Keep an eye on him as he could be a dark horse in the forward category to make the roster.
Dallas Stars Prospects To Watch: Defenseman
Christian Kyrou is probably the best offensive defenseman the Stars have in their prospect pool. After having a subpar prospect tournament, he is looking for some redemption during training camp. He is considered to be the next John Klingberg if he develops the right way. More than likely he will be in Cedar Park since he is over the age limit for Junior Hockey in Canada.
“Big Rig 2.0” showed in the opening game of the prospect tournament why the Stars drafted him. The guy was literally sending players into the boards and at one point was booed by the Red Wings fans in attendance. However, he injured his knee and was out for the remainder of the games in Traverse City as a precaution. He is good to go for training camp and fans are going to love his physicality down in Cedar Park this year.
Grushnikov was a really solid defensive prospect who had a good prospect tournament. Even though he had a turnover in the last game that he wished he could have back, he looked pretty solid. He will be a great addition to Cedar Park this season as he still needs to develop his offensive game some more. If you go to any of the preseason games, keep an eye on him when he is on the ice.
Nils Lundkvist is another prospect to keep an eye on as we start training camp. The Stars spent a first-round pick on the young defenseman before the season started last year. He periodically played in games and ended up in the suite for most of the season. The Stars need to know if he learned anything from practicing with the team last season. Hopefully, Lundkvist can show the front office the draft pick was worth trading for him during the preseason games this year.
Dallas Stars Prospects To Watch: Goalies
The reason why I have him as a prospect to watch is we really haven’t seen what he can do yet. We got to see him play in the second game in Traverse City and was under tons of pressure from the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects. Now to be fair the Stars played that game shorthanded and didn’t get the support from his teammates. It will be interesting to see if he can come back from that performance and compete for the backup role in Cedar Park.
Remi Poirier will more than likely compete for the backup role in Cedar Park against Tomson at training camp. We have seen what young Poirier is capable of when he started out the season with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL last year. After winning goaltender of the month twice down there, he is a prime candidate to win the backup goaltender role in Cedar Park this season. IT will be a fun battle to watch between goalies since the Dallas Stars have their goalie situation already set.