The Dallas Stars development camp, from 10th-13th of September, will give some early insight into how the talent pipeline is shaping up. Although the camp, in Frisco, isn’t open to the public it will offer some insight into the Stars’ young guns. The 24 invited players (15, forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goaltenders) will depart from Frisco to play in the prospect tournament in Traverse City Michigan. Among the invited players are the Stars four most recent first-round picks;
Wyatt Johnston – the 6’1’ center most recently played with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, but missed all of last season due to the suspension of the OHL due to Covid, certainly the Stars will be excited to see how the 18-year-old talent handles the prospect camp.
Mavrik Bourque – Having put up 5 points in 6 games with the Texas Stars last season following a strong season with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL it will be interesting to see if the 2020 30th pick can make the jump to NHL or whether another year of Juniors would be a better bet.
Thomas Harley – The 2019 18th overall pick may stand the best shot of any prospect of making the team. The young defensemen may see time on the bottom pairing over the course of the season but will likely spend the majority of his time in Cedar Park.
Ty Dellandrea – With 26 games of NHL experience under his belt the 21-year-old is probably at the limit of what can be called a prospect at this point. There is definitely scope for the young center to find a spot in the Stars bottom six if he can seize the opportunity and impress through the prospect camp and training camp.
Also worth watching at development camps are a slew of other recent picks including Logan Stankoven (2021, #47), Artem Grushnikov (2021, #48), and Riley Damiani – the 5th round pick in 2018 who was the AHL Rookie of the year last year.
With the lack of travel and limited play of Junior leagues in the last 18th months, more than ever prospect camp will give the Stars a chance to assess what the strengths of their young players are.
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