Dallas Stars prospect notes from Traverse City


The Dallas Stars prospects posted a 2-1-1 record and finished fifth at the Traverse City Tournament this week.

The following is list of notes and observation on each of the 23 players that suited up for Dallas.

Jason Dickinson — Skill set that made him a first-round pick is obvious, but Dickinson also played with more of a physical edge in Traverse City.

Consistently was finishing his checks, and often gave that extra shove to an opponent on a play. Scored a pretty goal against Minnesota when he picked the upper corner on a wrist shot.

Mattias Janmark — Dallas’ best player in the tournament, his first real chance to impress Stars management since the trade from Detroit.

Was consistently creating offensive chances and led the team in points. He’ll likely spend the 2015-16 season in Sweden, but he appears ready to make the transition to North American ice.

Brett Pollock — Got better as the tournament went along and benefitted from playing with Janmark and Dickinson.

Good sense in the offensive zone, should have a strong year in junior with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Remi Elie — Big physical, player who provided an energetic spark.

Created space for teammates, including Devin Shore’s nifty goal in front against Detroit after Elie had forced a turnover in the corner.

Devin Shore — One of the better players in the tournament and one of the older ones.

Scored a nice goal against Detroit and was a leader as the alternate captain. Shore was supposed to be one of Dallas best players and he delivered.

Cole Ully — One of the pleasant surprises of the tournament. Created time and space with his speed and looked confident.

Gemel Smith — Bit of an underwhelming tournament for Smith, who was one of the older players and was carrying a wealth of AHL experience.

Did have a bit of a physical edge, and had Dallas’ only fight, but not the type of showing he was probably looking for.

Radek Faksa — Was playing his first games since January, and he looked rusty at times.

He got better as the tournament went along, and said the injured shoulder is “100 percent.” He’s getting more comfortable in game situations and was reliable in the face-off circle.

Emil Molin — He’s going to come over to North America this year and Traverse City was a nice opportunity to work with Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal. Nice finisher around the net, need to see a bit more in the defensive zone.

Chase Witala — One of the free agent invites at the tournament. Didn’t look out of place, but not overly impressive.

Brandon Magee — And invite to Dallas Stars training camp, who centered a fourth line of free agent invitees.

Helped provided a nice fourth-line spark and could be in the conversation as a future Idaho Steelhead. Would be a good AHL-ECHL depth player.

Mads Eller — Similar to Witalas. Didn’t look out of place, but played limited minutes and didn’t leave much of a lasting impression.

Branden Troock — Played two of the four games and scored a goal.

Energetic when he played, which led to the goal. But also committed a couple ill-advised penalties.

Esa Lindell — Worked well with Stephen Johns as the top pairing, and also had good chemistry with Julius Honka when the pairings where shuffled against Detroit.

Defensively sound and showed his ability to contribute offensively.

Stephen Johns — Frankly, he probably shouldn’t have been playing in this tournament. As one of the oldest players in the tournament and close to NHL-ready, Johns looked like a man amongst boys at times.

He was one of the best players in three of the four games, and if he wasn’t it would have been a disappointment.

Let’s see what he does against men his own size in training camp.

Ludwig Bystrom — Really took steps forward this summer.

Still smaller in stature, but stronger than he was last year. Protected the puck well and showed more offensive spark than I saw last season in Texas.

Type of weekend he should be able to build on heading into training camp.

Julius Honka — Honka played with men in the AHL last season, so he was on another level than most of the prospects in this tournament — so it’s not really fair to judge his performance.

That being said, he did have a couple big hits and played with a more physical edge than I remember him having in Texas. He did get burned on goal by Detroit’s Andreas Athanasiou, and was later visibly frustrated at the final buzzer.

Patrick Sanvido — Has good size and raw skills, but still lots of room for development. Got turned inside out against Carolina by Sergey Tolchinsky on the first goal of the game. Played two of the four games.

Chris Martenet — He should be able to grow into his 6-foot-7 frame, which will be key to his development.

Very raw prospect that needs some seasoning. Played in two of the four games.

Aaron Haydon — Like Sanvido and Martenet, he had a bit of an adjustment to the speed in Traverse City. Effort is there, execution is the next step. Played in two of the four games.

Alex Peters — Physically he was ready for the tournament. Was strong in front of his own net and didn’t back down from more seasoned players.

Does need to work on his timing. Played in two of the four games.

Brent Moran — Shaky first game against Carolina, but rebounded and played better against Minnesota in the fifth-place game.

Should probably challenge shooters more with his size, and it seems like he’s on a four-foot rope to the net at all times.

Philippe Desrosiers — Admittedly, he had a bad third period in the 5-4 loss to Detroit. Otherwise, he looked good playing against prospects and responded to a couple difficult situations in the tournament.

Will be interesting to see how he performs next week in training camp.

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