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Prospect report

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Here’s an update on Dallas Stars prospects playing in juniors, college and Europe. The regular season ended this weekend in Canadian juniors, and the playoffs will start this week. The playoffs are underway in Europe. And tournament play has started in college hockey.

*C/LW Jason Dickinson (first round/2013) registered six points (two goals, four assists) in three games over the past week for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League. Dickinson finished the regular season with 79 points (26 goals, 52 assists) in 68 games. His 52 assists were tied for second on the high scoring Storm. Guelph, the top seed in the Western Conference, plays eighth-seeded Plymouth in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

*C Radek Faksa (first round/2012) picked up one assist in two games for Sudbury of the OHL. Faksa registered 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 29 games after being acquired by Sudbury in January and 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 59 games for both Sudbury and Kitchener this season. Sudbury plays Barrie in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

*C/LW Gemel Smith (fourth round/2012) recorded one goal and one assist in three games for London of the OHL. Smith finished the season with 75 points (37 goals, 38 assists) in 69 games with both London and Owen Sound, ranking 16th in the league in goals scored. London plays Windsor in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

*Nick Paul (fourth round/2013) had no points in two games for North Bay of the OHL, finishing the regular season with 46 points (26 goals, 20 assists) in 67 games. North Bay plays Niagara in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

*Cody Payne (trade acquisition/2013) had no points in two games for Saginaw over the past week. Payne and Saginaw play their final regular season game Monday night and that will determine the team’s first round opponent in the OHL playoffs.

*Remi Elie (second round/2013) recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in three games with Belleville of the OHL over the past week. Elie finished the season with 68 points (29 goals, 39 assists) in 67 games with both Belleville and London this season. Belleville did not qualify for the OHL playoffs.

*G Philippe Desrosiers (second round/2013) ran his winnings streak to 14 games with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before losing his final regular season game. Desrosiers ended the season with a 31-14-7 record, 2.65 goals against average, .907 save percentage and five shutouts. He ranked fourth in the league in goals against average, seventh in save percentage and tied for fifth in shutouts. Rimouski will play Chicoutimi in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.

*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) registered one goal, one assist in three games for Charlottetown of the QMJHL. He finished the regular season with 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 59 games. Charlottetown will play Halifax in round one of the playoffs.

*G Maxime Lagace (free agent/2012) lost in his only appearance last week. Lagace stopped 16 of 18 shots in 30 minutes in Sherbrooke’s 6-0 loss to Val-d'Or. Lagace finished the season with a 6-14-4 record, 3.79 goals against average and .887 save percentage while playing for three QMJHL teams. Sherbrooke did not qualify for the playoffs.

*D Dmitry Sinitsyn (seventh round/2012) scored two goals in three games for Regina of the Western Hockey League, giving him 44 points (10 goals, 34 assists) in 69 games. He finished third in scoring among rookie defensemen in the WHL. Regina will play Brandon in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

*C Mike Winther (second round/2012) returned from injury and picked up four points (one goal, three assists) in two games for Calgary of the WHL over the past week. Winther, who was slowed by injuries this season, finished the regular season with 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 31 games for both Calgary and Prince Albert. Calgary plays Kootenay in round one of the WHL playoffs.

*RW Branden Troock (fifth round/2012) had one goal and two assists in three games for Seattle of the WHL. Troock ended up with 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 58 games. Seattle will play Everett in round one of the WHL playoffs.

*LW Matej Paulovic (fifth round/2013) picked up one assist in two regular season games for Muskegon of the United States Hockey League. Paulovic has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 21 games.

*C/LW Devin Shore (second round/2012) had two assists in two games over the weekend, but the University of Maine’s season came to an end when it was knocked out of the Hockey East quarterfinals by Providence. Shore, a sophomore, ended the season with a team-high 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 35 games.

*LW Alex Guptill (third round/2010) scored a goal in Michigan’s 6-2 win over Minnesota over the weekend. Guptill has 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 30 games. Michigan plays Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.

*D John Klingberg (fifth round/2010) had no points as Frolunda won its first playoff game, defeating Linkopings, 3-2. Klingberg played a team-high 23:52 and had six shots on goal.

*D Ludwig Bystrom (second round/2012) missed Farjestad’s first playoff game due to illness. Farjestad defeated Brynas, 2-1.

*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) and LW Emil Molin (fourth round/2011) have advanced to the qualification round for the Swedish Hockey League with Rogle, which advanced by winning a round-robin playoff series among the teams that finished fourth through seventh in Sweden’s second highest league. Hansson had three assists in six games in that series and Molin, who missed a couple of games due to injury, had two assists in four games. The qualification round, which includes the two lowest ranked teams from the SHL and the top four teams from the second league, starts March 19 and runs through April 7.

*D Esa Lindell (third round/2012) had no points in two playoff games for Jokerit, which lost its best-of-three playoffs series to HPK, 2-0, in Finland’s top league.

*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) didn’t pick up any points in one playoff game for Ilves in Finnish junior hockey. Ilves was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Makela missed the beginning of the playoffs due to playing in Finland’s top league, where he played nine games and had no points during the regular season.

*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012) is not playing in the post season in either Finland’s top league or in Finish juniors. He had a 1-10-1 record with KalPa in the top league with a 2.92 goals against average and .881 save percentage in Finland’s top league.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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