I am heading back to Dallas today so I can get ready to go to Prince Edward Island for Dallas Stars training camp. Here are some thoughts on what I saw over the weekend at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.
It’s just a snap shot of these guys because they played in two games (and the first game wasn’t pretty), haven’t had much time to practice together and I don’t read a ton into it, especially when it comes to stats. There’s still Dallas’ training camp and a long season ahead. Still, it’s good to see them in competitive situations against other top prospects.
I am not got going to discuss every player, just some of the key ones, those who I was interested in watching and some of the others who caught my attention. Guys like Colton Sceviour and Luke Gazdic only played one game and I’ve seen them a lot, so there’s no need to discuss them. The Stars think highly of both those guys.
Anyway, some thoughts.
Scott Glennie: Nothing stats-wise in the first two games, but I see him the same way I did when I watched him some via the internet at Canada’s junior team camp. He’s a lot more noticeable this year than he was last year. He was winning puck battles, competing hard and his speed was on display. We’ll see how he looks at training camp, but I think he’s taken some good steps forward.
Jack Campbell: Well, he didn’t have a good debut in the tournament, giving up six goals in the first game. He admitted he was nervous and it was the team’s first game and there was a sloppy defensive performance in front of him. Once Campbell settled in he looked a lot better and made some nice saves. He bounced back from a bad start in that game and I’m sure he’ll bounce back in the next game and over the course of the season.
Philip Larsen: I thought he was one of the best players – perhaps the best player - on the ice in the 4-1 win over the St. Louis on Sunday. He, like the rest of the group, needed a game to get settled in and once Larsen did he was excellent. He moved the puck really well and he was silky smooth out there. He looked in command while running the Stars power play from the point. I thought he got targeted with some physical play in both games and never backed down. I think he caught the eyes of a lot of people on Sunday. He was that good.
Tyler Beskorowany: He was rock solid in his first game tournament. He did the same thing last year, turning in a stellar performance in his first game. I think a lot of people forget about Beskorowany when it comes to the Stars goaltending mix. He’s a very good goalie with great size and a lot of potential. His puckhandling could use some work, but I think all the tools are there. He’s a competitive kid. It’s going to be interesting to see how he does in his first pro season.
Tomas Vincour: He scored a goal in each game and he scored both of them by going to the net. That made him noticeable. He had a good tournament last year too. He’s got that power forward look to him and he’s got some nice skills. He’s always around things. He’ll probably plan in Cedar Park this season, so it will be interesting to see how it goes for him.
Ondrej Roman: He’s looked good. He’s highly skilled, a very good play maker and makes pretty good decisions with the puck. He looks like he pushes the pace more than he did a couple years ago. He played some point on the power play and didn’t look out of place. He’s really come along nicely since the last time I saw him play. I’ve always liked him and I like him even more after watching him over the weekend.
Sean Backman: I was impressed by the smallish right wing. The Stars signed him as a free agent out of Yale, where he put up some nice offensive numbers. He’s got some speed, skill and a shoot first mentality. He seldom passes up a chance to shoot the puck and he’s not afraid to try to make something happen in the offensive end.
Tristan King: He had an excellent game in the win over St. Louis on Sunday. He had two points (one goal, one assist) and should have had an assist on the Stars’ first goal as well. In other words, he played a role in three of the team’s four goals. He’s got some really nice offensive tools. The word is he’s got to work on playing a complete game, but his skill really stands out.
Matt Tassone: He’s signed with the Texas Stars but he’s still on Dallas’ radar. He’s been physical and made some noise, either with some good hits or his constant chatter out there. It looks like those shoulder and neck injuries haven’t taken any of the bite out of his game. He’s a gritty guy with some good skill. I think he’s made a good impression.