The NHL has finally announced their plans for a return to play.
While the immediate future of the NHL is becoming clearer, next season remains incredibly murky with the ever-important cap number being an unknown.

The Stars and NHL will not know until the completion of the playoffs, but it is a fair estimation to say the cap will be flat if not decrease. Based on that projection, it means the focus on Cedar Park is magnified.

Next season was important for players like Robertson and Ty Dellandrea, but it will be even more so as the depth of Dallas will be tested.

Per Capfriendly.com, the Stars will have roughly $21 million in cap space based on an $84 million salary cap.

Based on the cap remaining flat, this leaves the Stars with $18 million while needing to sign Denis Gurianov, Roope Hintz, and Anton Khudobin among others before next season.

It will be difficult for the Stars to both retain their own and sign some new faces to bolster their roster. The impact on the salary cap could extend beyond next season and impact future seasons still as much is still unknown. Players are going to be called upon for significant NHL stints next season and perhaps to begin the season.

Joel Kiviranta, Jason Robertson, Thomas Harley, Benjamin Gleason are among a few names that will be crucial to next season’s success.

While some of the names in Cedar Park have gained valuable NHL experience, they have yet to fully experience an 82 game NHL season.

As the Stars have learned over the years, that thrusting a player into the spotlight too early can derail development completely. It is incredibly important that the organization gets this right otherwise risk years of work being wasted. Dallas has drafted better recently which can pay dividends for the Stars. They will need their draft talent to help sustain success and find the playoffs again.

The obvious elephant in the room is will the coaching staff trust these young players in a significant role. Whether Bowness likes it or not, he doesn’t, these players will make or break next season for the Dallas Stars. Failure to develop their talent properly, Dallas will go as far as the youth will take them. Jamie, Tyler, and John will still have a significant role in their leadership and production next season.

Neil Graham has shown that he can get the players ready for the NHL level, Jason Robertson and Joel Kiviranta prime examples, but it will ultimately be up to the Dallas head coach to finish the job.

Denis and Roope have shown that they can carry the team when needed despite their youth and limited playing time. The future of the Stars given the talent they have throughout their system is full of quality.

Dallas is going to be relying on at least two players from Cedar Park next season based on the expiring contracts. Making the playoffs in back to back years was an important milestone for the Stars this season.

Three years straight is possible given the talent on the team, but the success of the youth will be the deciding factor if Dallas can make the playoffs again.

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