In fact, despite having yet to play an NHL game, Stars Director of Player Personnel Les Jackson has already handed Chiasson a moniker every young hockey player seeks.
“He’s a pro,” Jackson said. “Like (Jack) Campbell, (Patrik) Nemeth, (Brenden) Dillon, he’s got it. You can tell by watching a player whether or not he’s got hockey intelligence. And he’s got it. There’s no question.”
“I was impressed with his presence and the detail in his game,” White said. “He’s got a big frame, but he also has great attention to detail, especially defensively on his reads and on the forecheck getting back into his own zone. I really like that a lot. It’s impressive to see that kind of detail from a big guy, plus he’s a very strong man along the wall.”
“His skating has improved,” White said. “He’s come a long way in that regard since we saw him a couple of years ago at BU. That’s the only thing we were concerned about, but he’s so much more fluid now than he was then and he really carries the puck with speed when he gets up and running. He’s also added even more power and strength, so I don’t really see any issues with him moving ahead.”
“He could probably play at 220 or so, and he probably will at some point,” Jackson said. “When he’s 24 or 25, he’ll be at full maturity and he’ll be a handful to deal with. He’s got a big body, but right now his mind is more advanced than his body – and that’s not a bad thing. He’s a smart guy who’s got a mind for hockey.”
I agree the article is good, but wasn't that Doug Foster and not Mark writing it though?
I know it wasn't Mark. I was pointing out that the article is very similar to what Mark has done in the past (this off season even), and it makes him potentially moving on not nearly as bad should they continue.
Txomisc, yeah that is awesome. I hope he stays on full time with the team. That would honestly be amazing, but this Foster guy has some potential too. It's not like Mark every did rumors so he could basically do the same thing on the official website that's he's done for ESPN and his own website in the past.
We typically start the polls about 2 to 3 weeks after the draft. That gives everyone some time to learn about the new draftees and also provides enough of a buffer, I think, to try to avoid "shiny new prospect syndrome" wherein everyone would rank the new guys too high just because they're excited about them.
I'd prefer to keep it to a top-20 list to remain consistent with years past. It's great that the system is no longer as pathetic as it once was, but that doesn't mean we have to rank everyone. Interest starts waning after a certain point anyway.
For the purposes of our rankings Larsen, Vincour, and Bachman will all be considered graduated. So that does open up 3 spots.
I don't want to rush you but do you have date in your mind when you will start the top-20 list?
I'll believe that when he finally shows something at the pro level.
well most reports seemed to indicate that he really picked him game up as the year went on and became a very valuable player for the Texas Stars. Hopefully he'll be leading the team as a two way forward this time around.
One quote that stuck out to me was from J.J. McQueen. I think I remember it from a previous article, but I believe it was never posted.
The Stars strength and conditioning coach said Ritchie, of all the prospects, made the most significant gain in size, strength, and quickness.
Stransky was the most improved overall prospect last season according to Les Jackson (and I agree). I think Stransky has it in him to earn that distinction again, but I also believe Ritchie will be his biggest competition. If I was going to list 5 guys who could make the biggest improvements, it would be those two, Scott Glennie, Emil Molin, and Alex Guptill.
With Glennie, I see a bit of similarities between James Neal's development. They both put up impressive junior numbers but never quite dominated their leagues. Both dealt with nagging injuries yearly, including their first year of pros, and both scored close to a point per game in the second half of the rookie pro season in the AHL. Fraser is clearly the lead in the race for a final roster spot in the NHL, but I think he'll have some tough competition with Glennie and Chiasson.
Molin has the benefit of some younger prospects for Brynas moving on to NA. He's already experienced playing some competition against men, and he could finally see some decent ice time in Sweden.
I debated between Guptill and Vance here, but I think Guptill will have a harder time in a tougher league. If he's able to reproduce and actually improve in his sophomore year with Michigan, that would be a huge statement for his development.
“I don’t have any specific goals this season other than to win a championship with whatever team I play for, whether it’s in Austin winning that Calder Cup or helping the Dallas Stars win a Stanley Cup,” he said. “I am not focused on what team I play for, I just want to prepare the best I can, work as hard as I can and then come into camp and see what happens.”
We already heard he's gained 2" and 15 pounds as he matures physically, but I think this quote is an example of him maturing as well.
Last season in training camp, his goal was to make the AHL rather than go back to the OHL. Everyone knew that wasn't realistic, but it was an admirable goal. I think this new mentality of being the best goaltender possible rather than focusing on where he plays is a positive step.