Today, the Dallas Stars announced the dates and times along with the anticipated roster for this year's development camp to be held at Dr Pepper Stars Center in Frisco, TX. The camp will run from Wednesday, July 9th through Saturday, July 12th. All sessions of the camp are free and open to the public.
Scheduled to attend are all the draftees from last week's Entry Draft including number one draft pick, Julius Honka and large defenseman, Alex Peters.
Also, Stars fans will get an opportunity to see last year's 2nd first round pick (29th overall), Jason Dickinson of the Guelph Storm. Dickinson, fresh off his OHL championship with the Storm will be attending his 2nd development camp.
Other forwards attending will be Branden Troock who spent time with the Texas Stars during their championship run, Gemel Smith and Emil Molin who had put up some good numbers during the previous World Juniors Championship.
Much has been made about the defense and what the new corps will look like once the young stars start making their way through the ranks. Of course, when the training camp starts, that's when fans will get a feel for what the blue line will look like when the likes of John Klingberg, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak all vie for a spot on the Dallas roster. However, at development camp, expect to see Ludwig Bystrom, Esa Lindell and Coppell native, Matt Staples all looking to make a statement with the coaching staff of Dallas.
Of course, with the signing of Andres Lindback yesterday, the pressure on the youth of Dallas goaltending was reduced dramatically. However, as we've seen in the past few years, one can count on Kari Lehtonen going down with at least one lengthy injury during the season, so having several net minders in the pipeline can never be a horrible thing. Leading this year's prospects will be 2nd round pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Phillipe Desrosiers who was nearly unbeatable down the stretch for Rimouski of the QMJHL. Maxime Lagacy will also be returning for a 2nd year in a row.
The development camp is a great opportunity for fans to come get introduced to some of the newer prospects in the organization. Unfortunately here in Texas, we are not exposed to the junior hockey ranks like the markets up north are, so the camp allows for fans to come out (take in a little hockey to help their withdrawals) and see some of the brightest young talent the team has selected over the last few years.