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Prospect Alex Chiasson hitting his stride

The Dallas Stars have some promising forwards in the prospect pipeline and right wing Alex Chiasson is one who took some big strides this past season.

As a sophomore, Chiasson led Boston University in scoring with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 35 games. He also was tops on the team in power play goals with six.

“It was a big step from my freshman year. I got more ice time and I think coach [Jack] Parker trusted me a little more,” Chiasson said. “Looking to this upcoming season, we should be pretty good.”

The 20-year-old Quebec native, Dallas’ 2nd round pick (38th overall) in 2009, hopes to take another step this coming season.

“I’ll be a junior. I know most of the guys and I am going to be a leader on the team,” he said. “I am going to show the younger guys what it takes to win. I want to make sure everyone works hard in the weight room, do the right thing on and off the ice.”

Chiasson, who is listed at 6-4, 195 pounds, is projected as a power forward in the NHL. He has size, skill and an excellent shot.

“He’s got NHL attributes all the way,” said Les Jackson, Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “He’s got really good hands, he competes and shoots the puck like a top player. I think he’s made excellent strides. He’s a real good prospect for us.”

Chiasson was impressive at Dallas’ recent development camp in McKinney. But there’s always room for improvement and Chiasson listed some of the suggestions he received from meetings with Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk and other members of the organization.

“Keep working on your quick feet and keep working on your hands. Little things that are going to make a difference in the long run,” Chiasson said. “I am a big guy and if I make it to the NHL I am going to be a guy that is working down low, so just the little things that are going to help me in college and transfer to the bigger game later.”

There’s a belief Chiasson is getting close to turning pro, possibly after this next season at Boston University. For now, Chiasson said he is focusing on his junior campaign at BU.

“We’re going year-by-year. This year I made the decision to go back. I wanted to work on my strength and my speed a little more,” he said. “Going to college is the right thing to do. You play 35 games a year or 40, so you have a lot more time to work out. We’ll go a year at a time and we’ll see after next year how it goes.

“Boston’s a great city and BU is a great school. I try to enjoy most of it. That’s what Joe Nieuwendyk told me. He went to Cornell and he said, ‘Those were the best three years of my life.’” I try to enjoy every moment. It’s a good group of guys and also I am trying to get a degree.”