Some notes from Sunday’s Dallas Stars development camp in McKinney.
*At the end of today’s session the prospects had their slap shots timed. Each player got two shots. I didn’t get the numbers for every player because I didn't realize what they were doing until a few of the players had already shot.
A note on the numbers: they were recorded using a combination of me listening them to them being called out and someone using a telephoto lens to catch them on an LED readout. In other words, they aren’t exactly official.
The hardest shot – at least when I was watching – went to defenseman Mike Dalhuisen, who registered 97 MPH. Dalhuisen, who is from Holland, is one of the tryout players at the camp. He played at Quinnipiac University last season.
Forward Stephen Schultz hit 93 MPH. Schultz, another tryout player, wrapped up a four-year career at Colorado College last season and then played five games for the Texas Stars on an amateur tryout contract.
A few players hit 92 MPH, including Stars defense prospects Jamieson Oleksiak and Brenden Dillon. Also in the 92 MPH club was forward Armand DeSwardt, one of the local players taking part in the camp. DeSwardt, who was born in Dallas, played at Cornell University last season.
Here are numbers for the Dallas prospects at the camp in the order that I saw them shoot and with their hardest shot listed. Those I didn’t see shoot were Scott Glennie and Emil Molin.
John Klingberg: 83
Jamieson Oleksiak: 92
Matt Fraser: 91
Brenden Dillon: 92
Brett Ritchie: 87
Patrik Nemeth: 89
Troy Vance: 89
Mathieu Tousignant: 72
Scott Winkler: 89
Alex Guptill: 86
Mike Bergin: 85
Alex Theriau: 89
Hubert Labrie: 83
Tomas Vincour: 90
Alex Chiasson: 90
Jyrki Jokipakka: 90
Reilly Smith: 88
*Tomas Vincour was on the ice for the first time at the camp today. He missed the first two days of on-ice sessions because his luggage got lost as he was flying in to Dallas and he had no gear. He spent those first two days on off-ice workouts.
*Among those on hand watching the prospects today: GM Joe Nieuwendyk, head coach Glen Gulutzan, associate coach Willie Desjardins and assistant coach Stu Barnes. Assistant coach Paul Jerrard and goaltending coach Mike Valley both have been on the ice working with the prospects.
*The Stars are going to have a free autograph session with the prospects this week. It will be held Wednesday July 6 at 5 pm at the McKinney Dr. Pepper StarCenter.
*Finally, here’s some video of today’s session. Note the Tyler Beskorowany glove save on Matt Fraser at about 3:34 into the video.