Two first-rounders among Stars’ latest cuts
As much as the Dallas Stars are about their young legs, not every fresh-faced player is ready to make the big jump.
The team loaned three prominent prospects to the AHL on Friday: Jason Dickinson, Remi Elie and Radek Faksa.
The Stars are down to 25 players, which means two more cuts are coming. If you want to forecast that final group yourself, check out their updated training camp roster.
GM Jim Nill is leaning toward going into the 2015-16 season with eight blueliners, implying that Mattias Janmark and Curtis McKenzie will slug it out for one of the final spots.
Defending Big D sees it that way, although Nill at least denied it on the record.
Jim Nill said it isn't down to just Janmark vs. McKenzie for final spot, those two are competing with forwards on bottom half of roster.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 2, 2015
Dickinson (29th in 2013) and Faksa (13th in 2012) were the two-first rounders; Elie wasn’t that far behind as the 40th pick in 2013.
Their progression is reasonable enough - though maybe management wanted more from Faksa (pictured) - but the bigger concern might come from Jack Campbell’s struggles. The goalie who went 11th overall in 2010 may start the season on the shelf:
Also, goaltender Jack Campbell is expected to be out a couple weeks with a hand injury.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 2, 2015
As promising as the Stars are, they need some prospects to pan out, but obviously a few of them need to marinate for a little more time.