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06-25-2007, 11:11 AM
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Which prospect is most likely to make the jump?

Which of our Iowa/Euro prospects will most likely make the jump to Dallas, right out of training camp?

I think Lindgren's got the best chance, maybe Grossman.

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06-25-2007, 11:15 AM
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I think Grossman is already promised a spot. Assuming that, the player to watch, in my opinion, is Niskanen. His play in his brief stint with Iowa was good and it wouldn't shock me if he forced the team to make a move.

Barring any off season additions, Lessard will make the team if he chooses to re-up with the Stars.

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06-25-2007, 11:21 AM
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Lindgren is the most likely candidate to make the jump to the big club. Niskanen as well could surprise.

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06-25-2007, 11:27 AM
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I thought Lindgren wasn't even close to ready.

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I think Grossman is already promised a spot. Assuming that, the player to watch, in my opinion, is Niskanen. His play in his brief stint with Iowa was good and it wouldn't shock me if he forced the team to make a move.

Barring any off season additions, Lessard will make the team if he chooses to re-up with the Stars.
Pretty much agreed, except that I don't think Lessard is guaranteed a spot. Free Agency should end up filling at least 1 forward position and a RW is our top priority with the departure of Lindros. I'd say Lessard has a 50/50 shot at making the club out of camp. This season is likely his last shot in Dallas.

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06-25-2007, 11:38 AM
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I would be surprised, if Lindgren makes it straight to the Stars roster without a season or two in Iowa.

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06-25-2007, 11:46 AM
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Obvious answer is Grossman. The Stars staff has already said as much. I don't think Lindgren has much of a chance, simply because there's not any spots open for him. He's much better suited being the #1 center in Iowa for a year or so than being the #4 center with the Stars.

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If we assume that Grossman is already on the team, I think that could negate Niskanen making the jump even if he surprises everyone. There really just won't be a spot for him barring an unforseen trade. The best case scenario for him would be to impress enough that he gets the first call when someone on the blueline gets injured.

Otherwise I have a tough time seeing anyone else making the jump. Pushkarev is sort of an unknown quantity though, so he could end up making an unexpected splash at his 1st Stars camp.

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Grossman should likely make the team. I wouldnt be surprised if both Fistric and Niskanen play a few fill in games for injuries this year.

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Grossman is a lock, unless he plays horrendous in training camp and pre-season or he gets injured.

Lessard or Conner.

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06-25-2007, 11:59 PM
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Grossman, Sydor not back Klemm quite possibly not back

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Grossman.

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Grossman for sure.
Maybe even a guy like Marius Holtet. If not out of camp, maybe a call up here or there.

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Grossman

As for who next, I think those going with forwards are going in the right direction, simply because there shouldn't be that many spots open at defense to start the season (barring injuries, etc.)

I do assume Lundqvist is consider a Star now, not a prospect. So with that, I would agree that Lessard, Puskharev, and Holtet have inside tracks. It's pretty much now or never for Lessard. The question is, who would Lessard play with in Dallas? If he has nobody on his line who can make plays with him, he's not the best choice.

I like what I've seen of Pushkarev in the AHL. He's faster than Lessard, bigger than Lessard, he has skill, and he's willing to hit. He's a fairly solid player all around.

I like Holtet even more. Holtet's offense is coming along. I know that Holtet himself has not thought of himself as an offensive player, but he must not understimate his stickhandling and his powerful shot. I personally would like to see one more season in the AHL for Holtet, but I'd certainly cheer him on if he makes the Stars.

Chris Connor does deserve mention, too, because he plays with such energy and hustle but then does have skill on top of it. He's not somebody who makes it on pure hustle, he's a skilled, small player who chooses to play a very active, physical game. Watching him level much larger opponents in the AHL is fun. Connor is such a great example for small players who think they can't have a physical side to their game. All you need is leg and core strength to be able to explode into opponents and maintain your balance doing it.

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What about 7.5/C Vishnevskiy, Ivan DAL D?? 07, 08, or 09 arrival??

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Vadim Khomitski was tendered a qualifying offer, so he COULD potentially return, and he'd be someone to consider as a prospect to step of.

To no surprise, Yared Hagos was not tendered a qualifying offer.

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06-27-2007, 12:59 PM
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What about Wandell?

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What about Wandell?
i don't think he played that outstanding in Finland to consider him right now...ask again in 2 years

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Tom Wandell showed nothing special last year in the Finnish league and is mostly infamous of getting a fine after letting Aleksander Naurov drive his car drunk.
http://www.iltasanomat.fi/urheilu/uu...asp?id=1353760

Lindgren was at least a mile ahead him in many areas of the game. Wandell needs to develope exceptionally fast during this summer to be able to claim a spot in the Stars roster.

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Mabe if he waives his magic "Wandell" ... okay, I'll leave this forum now ...

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I have seen them both play, Grossman two seasons, Fistric one season, and Fistric is far better and much closer in my opinion. I honestly don't see what Dallas sees in Grossman, other than size. Niskanen came in at the end of last season and really opened some eyes in Iowa. He still needs some maturation. Junior might be able to make the jump, but I seriously question his work ethic. I agree that Pushkarev is better than Junior and he might leap-frog him. Holtet has continued to improve, but whether or not he can make Dallas' roster is doubtful. Chris Conner is another possibility.

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What about Polak or will he remain in Iowa for a while? When do you guys expect him to jump to the NHL, if ever?

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When Polak gets stronger he'll become a option.

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It would be great if one of our young guys (specifically Lindgren or Neal) could make the jump straight to the NHL but I think that's probably unrealistic.

Best case scenario is Eriksson comes into camp and wins a top-6 spot and performs next season. I would like to see what Pushkarev can do with some ice and even though I'm not high on him Lessard probably at least deserves a chance to see what he can do.

I wish the Stars would give Lundqvist a chance as a top-6 forward. He's obviously good in a checking role and was perfect on a shut down line with Halpern/Barnes. But I think he has the offensive skill set to be productive as a top-6 forward.

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