Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell is heading to the 2015 World Championship. Finland released its roster on Monday and Lindell, a third-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, was among the eight defensemen on the roster. Dallas defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka was on Finland’s roster as well.
Lindell, who turns 21 in May, is coming off a superb season in Finland’s top league, registering 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 57 games. He tied for the scoring lead among all league defensemen and was the top scoring defensemen based on points per game. He led all players in the league in average ice time at 24:56 per game.
Lindell also played five games for the Texas Stars once his season in Finland ended, picking up one assist. He will play in North America next season.
The World Championship runs May 1-17 in Czech Republic.
Here’s an update on how Dallas Stars prospects who are still playing in the playoffs in North American juniors fared over the past week.
Ontario Hockey League
*LW Remi Elie (second round/2013) picked up three assists in three games as Erie took a 2-1 lead over Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL’s Western Conference Finals. Elie registered two assists as the Otters defeated the Greyhounds, 5-2, in Game 2 on Friday to tie the series 1-1. He had one assist on Sunday as Erie won, 4-2, to go up 2-1 in the series. Elie has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 12 playoff games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
*G Philippe Desrosiers (second round/2013) served as the backup in the first two games as Rimouski took a 2-0 lead over Val-d'Or in the semifinals of the QMJHL playoffs. Desrosiers is 3-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in the playoffs.
United States Hockey League
*RW Matej Paulovic (fifth round/2013) registered one assist as Muskegon defeated Youngstown 4-2, last Monday to win its first round playoff series in four games (3-1). He assisted on the game-winning goal Friday as Muskegon defeated Dubuque, 4-2, in Game 1 of the Clark Cup semifinals. Dubuque won Game 2 on Saturday to tie the series 1-1. Paulovic has three assists in six playoff games.
*C Mattias Janmark (trade/2015) signed a two-year entry-level contract with Dallas on Friday and then joined the Texas Stars of the AHL, playing in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against Rockford Saturday night.
Below are the prospects who have finished their seasons in juniors, college and Europe.
*D Mattias Backman (trade/2015) – 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) with Linkoping of Swedish Hockey League. Currently with the Texas Stars of the AHL.
*D Ludwig Bystrom (second round/2012) – Five points (one goal, four assists) in 38 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League. Currently with Texas Stars (AHL).
*C Jason Dickinson (first round/2013) – 71 points (27 goals, 44 assists) in 56 games with Guelph (OHL). Currently with Texas Stars of the AHL.
*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) – 21 points (two goals, 19 assists) with Rogle of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.
*D Aaron Haydon (sixth round/2014) – 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) with Niagara (OHL).
*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) – One assist in ten games with HIFK in Finland juniors. Missed extended time with injury/illness.
*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) – Six assists in 30 games with Ilves of Finnish Elite League.
*LW Emil Molin (fourth round/2011) – Nine assists in 50 games with Rogle of Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.
*G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) – 18-18-1 record, 3.46 goals-against average and .891 save percentage with Niagara (OHL).
*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) – 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in 25 games in Swedish juniors. One assist in 16 games with Frolunda of Swedish Hockey League.
*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) – Four assists in eight games with Plymouth (OHL). Missed most of the season with knee injury.
*LW Brett Pollock (second round/2014) – 62 points (32 goals, 30 assists) with Edmonton (WHL). Spent time with Texas Stars of the AHL, but did not play.
*D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) – Eight points (one goal, seven assists with RPI (NCAA).
*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) – Eleven points (three goals, eight assists) with Windsor (OHL).
*C Devin Shore (second round/2012) – 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games with the University of Maine (NCAA). Now playing with Texas Stars of the AHL.
*D Dmitry Sinitsyn (seventh round/2012) – Nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 20 games with Dynamo Moscow (KHL).
*LW Cole Ully (fifth round/2013) – 94 points (34 goals, 60 assists) in 69 games with Kamloops (WHL). Spent time with Texas Stars of the AHL.
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