The Dallas Stars Are Destined For Success In The Coming Years


The Dallas Stars took a hard loss to the Calgary Flames a few nights ago which which took their Playoff chances down to a single word: miracle. With 5 games left, they are 6 points out. Besides the fact that they play 4 of those games against top 3 seeds in the West, the Stars would need teams like the Jets and Kings to go on major losing streaks. It’s still a possibility, but realistically, not one that will happen.

So where do the Stars go after this season?

The Stars have lots of young talent on their roster which will bring them success for the years to come. Whether it’s defense or offense, they have players constantly coming in to Cedar Park, and some have even made it to Dallas this season.

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The Dallas Stars took a big step forward this season when they brought up John Klingberg, Jyrki Jokipakka, and Jamie Oleksiak. They already had talented defenseman Patrik Nemeth on the roster from late last season meaning that Dallas had 2 rookies playing defense this year along with 2 other relatively new guys that had not played many games in the past.

John Klingberg was obviously a home run for the Dallas Stars. He came in on November 11th against the Arizona Coyotes and had an immediate impact scoring 8 points in a 5 game stretch ranging from November 16th to November 25th. He stands out as arguably the best rookie defenseman in the NHL today and currently has 11 points and 27 assists including a few game winners.

Jyrki Jokipakka on the other hand has not been as great and is still searching for his first NHL goal. He has 10 assists since coming in on October 24th but has impacted the game in other ways such as his hits and blocks.

Jamie Oleksiak is a gem because of height. Standing at 6’7, Oleksiak can be a scary player to go up against. However, his time with the Stars this season hasn’t been as consistent as Klingberg’s and Jokipakka’s. He started off the season with Dallas and played most games all the way until late January. Since then, he’s only played 4 games in Dallas. He doesn’t get points often but, due to his size, the hits and blocks section of his stat sheet is always filled.

Patrik Nemeth played the first 5 games of the season with the Stars before suffering a gruesome cut on his arm from a skate. He was out until early March and is still continuing to get better and recover from his injury. He continues to be a bright spot for the Stars, and Stars fans look forward to seeing how he develops in the future.

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The Dallas Stars obviously have their future superstars in Jamie Benn (25 years old) and Tyler Seguin (23 years old) but what I’m focusing on here is the young talent from the Texas Stars that have played in Dallas this season. Guys like Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie are getting the opportunity to learn from veterans such as Jason Spezza, Shawn Horcoff, and Vernon Fiddler on how to become a better forward in the NHL. Not to mention the fact that the Stars still have Valeri Nichushkin, a rookie sensation from last season.

Brett Ritchie has been playing with the Dallas Stars since December 31st, 2014. As a stud with the Texas Stars, Ritchie was the obvious choice on who to call up. He has scored some beautiful goals for the Stars this season and everyone seems to love how he plays. Though he was assigned to the Texas Stars yesterday to get quality playing time, this definitely was not the last we will see of him.

Curtis McKenzie has become a fan favorite with the Stars because of how scrappy he can be. Always pushing and shoving, and occasionally getting into fights, McKenzie does some of the Stars dirty work for them. He has joined the Stars off and on throughout the season but was recently assigned to the Texas Stars, along with Ritchie to get more experience there as the Dallas Stars season wraps up.

Valeri Nichushkin busted onto the scene as a rookie last year and quickly became a fixture on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Coming in at 6’4, Nichushkin had 14 goals and 20 assists in his rookie season. He suffered a major setback early on this season when he had to have surgery just two games in, however, he could play as soon as Friday night against the Blues. The bottom line is this: He will be here for a very long time with the help of Benn and Seguin, he could turn into a superstar.

So overall, we can see that the Dallas Stars are overrun with young talent that has already begun to produce this season. Most likely in 2-3 years, once everyone has matured and gotten plenty of experience, this Stars team will be a force in the Western Conference. Until then, let’s enjoy them giving us a sample of what is to come!

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