Jason Robertson, Jake Oettinger, Logan Stankoven, and Thomas Harley. A few names have spent time in the AHL with the Texas Stars, who have come up and solidified their NHL roster spots. Not only have they become regulars for the Dallas Stars, but they’re pushing the team toward a guaranteed playoff spot.

Grade A Pipeline

The list of names above has come up to Dallas within only the last few years. Much like what Stankoven did, there’s another guy down in Austin who’s tearing it up in scoring down in the minors, and his name is Mavrik Bourque. Combine Bourque’s production with the trend of young talent getting promoted up to Dallas; you’d be hard-pressed to find a Stars fan who isn’t excited for his NHL future.

Not only do the Stars have a history with prominent talent in the AHL ranks, but they draft splendidly, too. Year after year, the Stars are money every summer in the NHL draft. Stars’ scouting director, Joe McDonnell, knows how to land the right guys on the right team.

Showing promise in the AHL

In the American Hockey League, Bourque leads the AHL in overall points with 69 (25 goals, 44 assists). So far, his career looks like it’s following in the steps of Stankoven. From draft pick with promise to tearing it up in the minors. Next up is to get called up to the NHL and to show what he can do.

While Bourque has not played a regular season game in Dallas, there’s no reason to think he won’t get his first game under his belt during the 2025 season. The biggest thing for Bourque right now is to ride the process and continue to have patience. He sees others like Stankoven, who developed in the AHL, and he sees those same guys flourishing in the majors now.

One more upcoming weapon for Dallas

The bad news for the rest of the league is anytime Dallas calls somebody from Austin. Dallas recently bypassed a potential trade by pulling up Stankoven, and it’s paying off. The Stars could very well pull off the same card with Mavrik next year to boost their depth scoring.

Photo credit: Andy Nietupski

Every year, the Stars pull somebody up from Austin, and the Stars find themselves with a deeper roster. Adding to why Dallas has become a playoff regular for the first time since the 2000s.

The Stars haven’t been to the playoffs for three straight years or more in 16 years.

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