After a great career in the juniors, Logan Stankoven will inevitably find himself in an NHL lineup one night.
When he makes his season debut for the Dallas Stars isn’t something to worry about. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in one day.
Work ethic, skill, and attitude. Stankoven is showing all the promise of an upcoming NHL star.
From Juniors to the Pros
During his time with the Kamloops Blazers, Stankoven dominated. He played with the WHL (Western Hockey League) team from 2019-2023. He was tallying 260 points in 179 regular games with only 45 minutes in the penalty box. During the playoffs, Stanky was again over a point game player. He was putting up 63 points in 37 games.
When the Stars drafted Stankoven in 2021, the team got itself a hard-working offensive shooter. Even with the talent the Stars have, these are the kids teams want to be drafting in today’s NHL that emphasizes scoring and skill. That “never back down” attitude will propel Stankoven into the Stars’ lineup when the time is right.
Works Like a Pitbull
Dallas’ director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell is making realistic comparisons to an NHL player who made some noise starting with the Chicago Blackhawks and now plays with the Detroit Red Wings.
News that should excite fans who want more depth scoring from the team. Especially coming from younger blood in the postseason.
“Alex DeBrincat. I think he can score like that, but I think in the end, he’s a better skater, so really it’s like he’s his own kind of player. You can always compare him to a smaller guy because he is a smaller guy, but he has a bit of a package of all those smaller players. The one thing, DeBrincat had this too; it’s the compete level, shift in and shift out. Logan gets there, and it’s pretty impressive.”
No Shame in Starting in Austin
The Stars have among the best forward groups in the NHL. Stankoven will not start the season as a full-time NHLer. He will certainly work his way to that point, but there’s no shame in making some noise for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League, just as the likes of Jake Oettinger and Jason Roberson did.
Much like the aforementioned guys who have become two of the best in Dallas, if Stankoven is needed in Austin, he will make it happen with his work ethic, no matter where he plays. Stankoven is showing the Stars’ organization that he will get the job done wherever needed.
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