Dallas Stars will sort through defensive options during training camp

Jyrki Jokipakka with Texas last season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Jyrki Jokipakka with Texas last season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

You can read the full story in the Austin American-Statesman.

CEDAR PARK — Thanks to an influx of young defensemen, someone is going to be disappointed when the Dallas Stars open the season in fewer than three weeks.

A dozen defensemen have legitimate aspirations to make the NHL club, and the competition started Friday morning when Dallas’ training camp opened at Cedar Park Center.

“I think everyone senses the battle there,” Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “There’s some competition around those last couple of spots. I want to see them play well, and I want to see them defend well.”

While no one is promised a roster spot, Alex Goligoski, Johnny Oduya, John Klingberg, Patrik Nemeth and Jason Demers appear to be locks for the NHL team. That leaves Jyrki Jokipakka, Julius Honka, Esa Lindell, Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns, Jordie Benn and Mattias Backman jockeying for the final two or three spots on the roster.

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