The NHL-AHL divide at Dallas Stars training camp has started.
“We are trying to put together some lines that even at the AHL level we might see,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff told Heika. “Sitting with Derek Laxdal, we thought we would put these lines together and see how they play. It should be a benefit for him, and it should be a benefit for myself.”
Here where the lines and defensive pairings for the NHL group, courtesy of Heika.
Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Patrick Sharp
Valeri Nichushkin-Jason Spezza-Ales Hemsky
Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Patrick Eaves
Curtis McKenzie-Vernon Fiddler-Colton Sceviour
Remi Elie-Mattias Janmark-Travis Moen
Alex Goligoski-John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya-Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka-Jordie Benn
Patrik Nemeth-Jamie Oleksiak
That’s high praise for Remi Elie and Mattias Janmark to work with the NHL group.
Janmark’s inclusion in the NHL group could also be strategic one. It’s been the plan all along for him to play in Sweden — not the AHL — if he’s not ready for the NHL. So, why put him with the AHL group in that situation?
The defensive pairs also solidify what I thought after training camp in Cedar Park — the top-eight is going to stay the same in Dallas.
That means Stephen Johns, Mattias Backman, Julius Honka, Ludwig Bystrom, and Esa Lindell are all battling for leading roles and more playing time with Texas.
AHL camp starts after this weekend, so expect cuts from the NHL camp after Dallas plays preseason games Saturday and Sunday.