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Dallas Stars Development Camp 2014: Forwards

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars development camp gets underway this week in Frisco with 28 Dallas prospects among the 34 players who will attend the camp. Here are brief profiles on the Dallas forward prospects attending this year’s camp, which runs from July 9-12.


Jason Dickinson
First round (29th overall) 2013
Age: 19
HT/WT: 6-2/184
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Guelph (OHL)

Registered 78 points (26 goals, 52 assists) in 68 games for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League. Tied for fifth in the OHL in playoff scoring with 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) in 20 games as Guelph won the OHL championship. Registered 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) as the Storm made it to the Memorial Cup final. Dickinson will play another year of junior. He’ll attend Canada’s National Junior development camp, which is part of the process in determining the roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Stars assistant GM Les Jackson: “Jason had a really strong year. He’s taken another step forward in his performance. He’s right on track developmentally. He’s a good two-way player, but like a lot of young players he’s got to get a little stronger and a little thicker physically. He’s showing good two-way ingredients. We just have to be patient with him, work with him but he is a good young player. The coaches there love him, they respect his work ethic. He’s a well-rounded kid and has all things in his game what will allow him to move forward.”

Remi Elie
Second round (40th overall) 2013
Age: 19
HT/WT: 6-1/200
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: London/Belleville (OHL)

Elie was traded from London to Belleville within the OHL early in the season and ended up leading Belleville in scoring with 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in 61 games. He’ll play in juniors next season.

Jackson: “He really embraced the change from London to Belleville. He played key minutes with Belleville and was a go-to player. He’s taken some big steps in his game and I suspect next year he’ll take even bigger ones. He’s a good kid, he works hard and he has good pro ingredients. He needs to go back to junior to keep working on his game, but he is a pretty impressive player.”

Ludwig Karlsson
Trade acquisition (2014)
Age: 23
HT/WT: 6-3/200
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Binghamton (AHL)/Elmira (ECHL)

Karlsson, who was acquired from Ottawa as part of the Jason Spezza deal, split time between the AHL and ECHL last season. He had no points in eight games with Binghamton of the AHL. He registered 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 39 games with Elmira of the ECHL.

Stars GM Jim Nill: “I remember being in Detroit and he was a player we looked at in Detroit. I talked to the scouts here in Dallas. Same thing. He was a player they looked at as a college free agent. When you make these trades, your reserve list you only have 50 players. So when we were giving up two players off our reserve list, Ottawa had to do the same thing to make this work. That was a player we were very comfortable getting back in return. And we’re very excited watching his development.”

Emil Molin
Fourth round (105th overall) 2011
Age: 21
HT/WT: 6-0/181
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Brynas (SHL)/Rogle (Sweden-2)

Molin played for both Brynas in the Swedish Hockey League and Rogle in Sweden’s second highest league. He registered 3 points (0 goals, 3 assists) in 21 games with Brynas and 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 21 games with Rogle. He picked up 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 14 postseason games with Rogle.

Jackson: “He had a good season. He got traded from Brynas to Rogle, and got a lot of ice there. We’ll put him back there for one more year and we’ll bring him over after the end of next year and get him started on his pro career. He didn’t get enough ice in Brynas to take the next step. I think the move to Rogle was good for him. He played in all situations and that was refreshing. Hopefully he has a great season this year and takes a step towards pro over here.”

Matej Paulovic
Fifth round (149th overall) 2013
Age: 19
HT/WT: 6-3/190
Shoots: Right
2013-14 Team: Peterborough (OHL)/Muskegon (USHL)

Started last season with Peterborough of the OHL, but was released after registering 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 18 games. Finished the season with Muskegon of the USHL, where he had 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 29 games.

Taylor Peters
Free agent signing (2013)
Age: 22
HT/WT: 6-2/210
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Texas Stars (AHL)

Peters played his first pro season in 2013-14, registering 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 70 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL. Picked up 2 points (1 goal, 1 assists) in 7 games during Texas’ run to the Calder Cup championship.

Jackson: “Taylor had a good season. He’s a kid that came in as a free agent, and when we signed him we projected him as a bottom six forward that would play a defensive role, play heavy. He had a good opportunity to play a lot. I know at the end he had some bumps and didn’t play a lot, but overall for the first year you have to be pretty happy with the way he progressed. I think a summer of training and the experience of having gone through the one year will set him up well for next year.”

Brett Pollock
Second round (45th overall) 2014
Age: 18
HT/WT: 6-2/182
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Edmonton (WHL)

The Stars’ second round pick from this summer’s draft registered 55 points (25 goals, 30 assists) in 71 games with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. He led the Oil Kings with 11 goals in 21 playoff games during their run to WHL championship. He also registered two assists in five games as the Oil Kings won the Memorial Cup.

Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal, who coached Pollock in Edmonton last season: “The sky is the limit. He’s got skill, he skates, sees the ice and has a great set of hands. He has the full package. He just has to grow and get stronger and grow into his size a little bit. He reminds me a lot of Jamie Benn at that age. He can definitely shoot the puck, he can score and I feel they got a great pick there.”

Devin Shore
Second round (61st overall) 2012
Age: 19
HT/WT: 6-1/185
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: University of Maine (Hockey East)

Shore, a sophomore, led the University of Maine in scoring with 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 35 games. He tied for 15th in the nation in scoring at 1.23 points per game. He’s expected to play at Maine again next season.

Jackson: “Devin had a really strong season. He’s a real solid player, smart. He was one of the better players in college hockey. He has a great attitude, good work ethic. He had a terrific season. I suspect next season will be an interesting one for him and it will be interesting to see where he is at. Pretty impressive player and person.”

Gemel Smith
Fourth round (104th overall) 2012
Age: 20
HT/WT: 5-11/192
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Owen Sound/London (OHL)

Smith played for both Owen Sound and London in the OHL, ranking 16th in the league in goal scoring with 37 in 69 games. He was traded from Owen Sound to London just prior to the OHL trade deadline in early January, and registered 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 12 playoff games for London. He had no points in three games for the Knights at the Memorial Cup. He’s expected to play for the Texas Stars this coming season.

Jackson: “The move from Owen Sound to London was good for him. It got him to the Memorial Cup. He’s a talented kid. We’re going to put him in the American League next season. He’s a gifted player. He’s got some things to figure out in his game, which is normal. He has a skill set that is pretty impressive, so we’ll just have to work with him and nurture him along.”

Branden Troock
Fifth round (134th overall) 2012
Age: 20
HT/WT: 6-4/201
Shoots: Right
21013-14 Team: Seattle (WHL)

Troock registered 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 58 games for Seattle of the WHL this past season. He picked up 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 9 playoff games. He played with the Texas Stars at the end of the season, registering no points in one regular season game and no points in one playoff game.

Jackson: “He’s a pretty talented kid. In juniors he’s had a couple bumps along the way with injuries. This year he missed a extended period with a shoulder injury, but he’s a talented kid who is hungry to be a pro. He’s big, he skates and he’s got all the attributes of an evolving pro. He’ll be in Austin next year and I suspect there will be some challenges, but he has the skillset to move forward.”

Cole Ully
Fifth round (131st overall) 2013
Age: 19
HT/WT: 5-11/170
Shoots: Left
2013-14 Team: Kamloops (WHL)

Ully led WHL’s Kamloops Blazers in scoring with 72 points (30 goals, 42 assists) in 69 games. The next closest player on the team, which finished with second worst record in the league, had 45 points.

Jackson: “He had a pretty good season, but tough season team-wise.  He had some challenges. They had some key players out with injuries, so he was keyed on by a lot of the opponents, which was good for him because he had to fight through it to create his own opportunities. He’s a kid we’ll have to work with in the offseason to keep him going on a strength and conditioning program to get him physically stronger. He’s in a good place.”

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