Reviewing the Dallas Stars’ OHL Prospects after their regular season

WINDSOR, ON - DECEMBER 03: Forward Ty Dellandrea #53 of the Flint Firebirds moves the puck against the Windsor Spitfires on December 3, 2017 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ON - DECEMBER 03: Forward Ty Dellandrea #53 of the Flint Firebirds moves the puck against the Windsor Spitfires on December 3, 2017 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images) /

With the end of the regular season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) over the weekend, here’s a look at how the Dallas Stars’ prospects in the province of Ontario did over the span of the regular season.

Jason Robertson, LW – Niagara IceDogs/Kingston Frontenacs

Jason Robertson, Dallas’ second-round draft pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had a career year in the OHL. He began the season in his fourth year with the Kingston Frontenacs, registering 38 points in 24 games. He also competed at the World Juniors in January for the United States, and scored a goal and had six assists in seven games.

Kingston, however, was not succeeding in the OHL. Although Robertson had contributed a team-leading 38 points at the time, he only had a +1 and the Frontenacs were near the bottom of the standings.

Robertson was then traded to the Niagara IceDogs, who were looking to add some scoring depth to their roster to make a sizeable playoff run. The Arcadia, California, native shined, and scored 25 goals and finished with 79 points for Niagara in 38 games, averaging over two points per game.

Robertson finished in first place in the entire league with 117 points (48 G, 69 A) to capture the OHL’s scoring title. He ended the regular season 7th in the league in goals and 2nd in assists.

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Like Robertson, Niagara flourished in the OHL this season. They finished in first place in their conference with a 44-17-7 record and had the second most points—behind the Ottawa 67’s—in the Eastern Conference. Niagara as a team has also scored the most goals this season with 326.

Robertson’s 2018-19 Stats: 62 GP | 48 G | 69 A | 117 PTS | 1.89 PTS/G | 42 PIM | +37

Tye Felhaber, LW/C – Ottawa 67’s

Most teams in the NHL sign prospects and free agents throughout the season. And several teams in the NHL were going after Ottawa 67’s forward Tye Felhaber. Luckily for Stars fans, Dallas won the bidding war on the 20-year-old Pembroke native, and Dallas signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract on March 1.

Felhaber, like Robertson, is having a career year in the OHL this season. He finished two spots behind Robertson at third place in the league in points with 109 (59 G, 50 A) and is a large reason why Ottawa is leading the league in points with 106.

Felhaber finished second in the league in goals and is in first place on Ottawa in points and was tied for first in plus/minus with +56.

Felhaber’s 2018-19 Stats: 68 GP | 59 G | 50 A | 109 PTS | 1.60 PTS/G | 45 PIM | +36

Ty Dellandrea, C – Flint Firebirds

Ty Dellandrea, the 13th overall selection in the 2018 Draft, was a bright spot on a depressing season for the Flint Firebirds in Michigan.

The Firebirds went 16-46-6 this season, and are just one of four teams in the OHL to not qualify for the Memorial Cup Playoffs. The Erie Otters, Barrie Colts, and Kingston Frontenacs were the three other teams along with Flint to sit out of the postseason.

Flint ended last season with only 212 goals, and Dellandrea was responsible for just over 10 percent of them Dellandrea finished third in goals and first in assists. He also led the team in power play points with nine goals and 14 points.

Another plus on Dellandrea’s resume is in the faceoff circle. He took the most faceoffs out of anyone on Flint this season with 1,401, blowing out anyone on his roster by a minimum of 781. Dellandrea won 806 of those 1,401 faceoffs to bring his win percentage to 57.7 percent.

Dellandrea’s 2018-19 Stats: 60 GP | 22 G | 41 A | 63 PTS | 1.05 PTS/G | 51 PIM | -31

Riley Damiani, C – Kitchener Rangers

Of all of the Dallas Stars’ prospects, Kitchener Rangers center Riley Damiani has been a pleasant surprise. Damiani, Dallas’ fifth-round pick in 2018, is in his third season in with Kitchener. After just a 37-point season in 2017-18, Damiani posted 30 goals and 85 points in just 58 games this season to come in at third on Kitchener’s roster.

A large portion of Damiani’s points this season came on the power play, where he contributed 10 goals and 31 assists on the PP. Damiani is also taking faceoffs for the Rangers, having won 340 of 769 faceoffs so far this season, the second most attempts on the team.

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Damiani will have made a playoff appearance every year in the OHL. Last season, Damiani registered five goals and 12 points in 19 postseason games for the Rangers.

Kitchener finished the season in third place in the Midwest Division with a 34-30-4.

Damiani’s 2018-19 Stats: 58 GP | 30 G | 55 A | 85 PTS | 1.47 PTS/G | 27 PIM | 0 +/-

Liam Hawel, C – Guelph Storm 

Center Liam Hawel of the Guelph Storm joins the long list of Stars prospects that has a points-per-game average over one. This season, which is Hawel’s fourth in the OHL and second full season with Guelph, he posted 37 goals and 78 points in 66 games, a 37-point increase from the 2017-18 season.

Hawel—a fourth-round selection in 2017—finished the regular season in fourth place on Guelph’s roster in points, second in goals, and third in assists. He was also one of several centermen to take faceoffs. Even though he took over 350 draws, he’s seventh on the team in faceoff attempts and faceoff wins.

Hawel’s 2018-19 Stats: 66 GP | 37 G | 41 A | 78 PTS | 1.18 PTS/G | 32 PIM | +37

Curtis Douglas, C – Windsor Spitfires

The final Stars’ prospect in the Ontario Hockey League is Curtis Douglas, a center for the Windsor Spitfires. Douglas finished in second place on the Spitfires in points this season with 53 points. Douglas competed in the faceoff circle with 140 wins on 252 attempts. He also was second on the roster in penalty minutes with 74.

Although he hasn’t been signed by the Stars, he certainly impressed this season with Guelph.

The Storm had a strong showing this season, finishing in second place in their division with 90 points (40-18-10).

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Douglas’ 2018-19 Stats: 66 GP | 37 G | 41 A | 78 PTS | .80 PTS/G | 74 PIM | -1

  • Published on 03/21/2019 at 12:00 PM
  • Last updated at 03/19/2019 at 19:52 PM