One of the major criticisms of Dallas over the past 10 years has been their inability to identify, draft, and develop talent.

The coming on of Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, and Jason Dickinson last year helped silence some of that criticism. No team ever hits on every pick, the Stars are no exception. Dallas has some names down in the AHL level though that are beginning to show major promise at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. As of this writing, Dallas is 1-1 in the tournament with the team ready to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, September 9th.

Ty Dellandrea

The 13th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft had many people scratching their heads at the selection for Dallas. Experts had him going as a late first round to second round pick so selecting Ty in the top half of the first was seen as a reach. The young center though has turned heads since stepping on the ice and has impressed thus far in Traverse City. Dallas has found themselves with a logjam of talent at the center position now. It is a good problem to have for cheap talent in the NHL is always a necessity if you want to remain competitive. How the Stars manage the talent and ensure they continue to develop to be NHL ready will be important for the future.

Joel Kiviranta

Kiviranta is a name that Stars fans are going to have to learn how to spell quickly based on his tournament so far. The young Finn, shocker, scored a hat trick against the New York Rangers on September 7th. Joel put up 31 points in 48 games last season in Finland. He also helped lead Finland to gold in the World Championships in 2018, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists in the tournament. Kiviranta signed a two year entry level contract earlier this year and looks to be a possibility for opening night.

The continued development and success of these young forwards is crucial for Dallas to continue its success. With the expansion draft looming, it can make some of the tough decisions on players a little easier with the depth in the AHL. The depth pieces can also be good trade assets for the Stars which really makes the options open for Jim Nill.

The future looks bright for the Stars and if they keep hitting, the team will be a contender for a long time.

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