NHL: Stepping Inside The Training Camp Of The 2019 Dallas Stars

Last season, the Dallas Stars were forced to face yet another coaching change. The Stars would have to endure a few changes on the roster as well, and it seemed like the Stars were doomed before the preseason even started. But that’s just what everyone on the outside believed. This year, the 2019 Dallas Stars Training Camp looks different.

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The Stars as a whole would endure some growing pains in 2018-2019. The season would bring some bumps in the road.  Dallas Stars management would call out superstar players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The Stars would even have their struggles with (lack of) secondary scoring. Thankfully, though, it would all end in a fairly successful season. With the Stars falling one goal and one goal short of beating the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, there were many questions answered last season. But, then again, a few more questions popped up. The following are a list of expectations and questions for the Stars this upcoming season:

Will Alexander Radulov Continue To Produce?

Since joining the Dallas Stars as a free agent in 2017-18, Alexander Radulov has been an offensive powerhouse.  Producing north of 70 points in each season, it seems like there is not much that will slow down Radulov’s points production. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have done nothing but make Radulov better. On the flip side, he has also done the same for Seguin and Benn. In short, all players will suit up for the Stars yet again.

Radulov brings a nice scoring touch to any line he’s put in. Not only that, but he brings energy to the line as well. Radulov had 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 13 playoff games last season. There is no reason to believe that the Stars won’t find some sort of benefit out of him being on the ice again. Furthermore, there is no reason to believe he can’t get more than 70 points again. But, my question is this: what if the Stars put him on a line with a younger player?

Can The Stars Expect The Same Ben Bishop?

Last season was a fun one to watch if your favorite player is Ben Bishop. Bishop who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, led the NHL in save percentage (.934) among goalies to play at least 30 games. He excelled at even strength when he led the league with a .938 save percentage among goalies to play at least 12 games.

His seven shutouts in 46 games were third behind Sergei Bobrovsky (nine) and MarcAndre Fleury (eight), despite playing 16 fewer games than Bobrovsky did for the Columbus Blue Jackets and 15 fewer than Fleury did for the Vegas Golden Knights. If Bishop stays healthy, expect another Vezina-caliber season from the 32-year-old.

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A question to this: Can the defense in front of him hold up enough to maybe lighten the workload for him? Bishop kept the Stars in many games, he also stole a few. The fact of the matter is this: whenever the Stars needed him, he came up fairly clutch. Except in the final game against the Blues. The Stars shouldn’t have to put that much pressure on him.

Which Of The New Faces Will Step Up Next For The Stars?

The 2019 Dallas Stars could possibly see a few unfamiliar names insert themselves into the lineup. Last season, the Stars saw youngsters Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen make a rather hefty impact. Whether they brought speed, energy, or “big play ability”, Heiskanen and Hintz changed the way the Stars played the game. As training camp approaches, a few semi-familiar young names could be looking for a call to Big D.

Gavin BayreutherDuring the 2017-2018 season for the Texas Stars, Bayreuther had 7 goals and 25 assists for 32 points during the 2018-2019 season he had 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points. With a grand total of 57 points in the AHL, and 19 games of NHL experience and five points at that level, could he get “the call”?

Denis Gurianov: Denis is a young player who has played 22 games between 2016-2017 and 2018-2019. Gurianov has only 1 goal and 3 assists for points. Gurianov is another young player who brings a different element to the Stars.  If called up, could Gurianov make an impact on the fourth forward line?

Both of these players play forward and defense.

Players Dallas Should Consider Rotating

Ty Dellandrea: While he is just turning 19 on July 21, Dellandrea could benefit by stepping up to the NHL this season. The agreement between the OHL and NHL is that a player in his first three seasons of the OHL cannot play in the AHL. The rule was agreed upon to allow the OHL to keep its best players as long as possible.

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That means, if Dellandrea is going to leave Flint, he has to play in the NHL. League rules allow him to play nine NHL games before he burns the first year of his contract, so the Stars could try Dellandrea for nine games to see if he earns a spot on the NHL roster. All of that said, Dellandrea would have to earn the nine-game tryout with a good training camp, so there are a lot of steps that have to be taken before he is considered as an NHL contributor this season. Could he make the 2019 Dallas Stars?

Dillon Heatherington: Heatherington has been a reliable call up for the Stars when they called him. A big defenseman standing at 6 ft 4 inches and well over 200 lbs, Heatherington brings a big body to the back end. Between 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 seasons, Heatherington has been called up twice.  And, when he’s been in the AHL, he averaged less than 10 points only once while being under contract for Dallas.

Final Thoughts & Feelings For Training Camp

The 2019 Dallas Stars have two big-name players who are currently on the injured list. Both Stephen Johns, a defenseman, and forward Martin Hanzal were injured last season as well. The future of both seems very uncertain. With that, it seems like the Stars have found a handful of names who could replace them.

Whether it be for just a bit longer, or permanently, the clock is ticking on both. Many young names are just itching to get the call to the big club. Joel Hanley saw time in Dallas, Taylor Fedun saw ice time in Dallas, even Joel L’Esperance saw ice time for the Stars. These, among the ones previously mentioned and more, are chomping at the bit for time to prove themselves. Corey Perry (a comeback story in the making), Andreij Sekera and Joe Pavelski were the biggest names added by the Stars. With those signing, and the new faces trying to make the opening day roster, it’s safe to say that this season will be fun. As a fan, we want to see more names trying to crack a roster than less.

How do you feel about the 2019 Dallas Stars? Leave a comment below.

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