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Prospect Report

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars have signed Denis Gurianov, their first-round pick (12th overall) in 2015 to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal was announced last Thursday. The expectation is that Gurianov, who played this past season in the KHL, will make the jump to North America next season.

If he does, Gurianov would probably start off with the Texas Stars of the AHL and Gurianov told a Russian website that would not be a problem.

“Dallas is a top team in the NHL, and you have to earn a place. Most likely, I will need to gain experience with the farm club, but I do not fear,” Gurianov told the Russian site “Naturally, young men without experience playing in the KHL rarely succeed. But if it were easy, then everyone would have played in the NHL.”

Gurianov, who turns 19 next month, played 47 games with Lada Togliatti in the KHL this season, registering five points (four goals, one assist) in limited playing time. He also played seven games in juniors, registering six points (four goals, two assists).

"Of course, I want to play in the NHL as soon as possible, but you need the proper level,”

Gurianov said. “If not, then you need to play farm club until you acquire it. I followed closely the career of Valeri Nichushkin; he began to play with Dallas at age 18. If I could start at 19, I will be very happy. If not, I'll work to make it to the NHL.”

Gurianov is scheduled to play for the Russian U20 team at the Black Sea Cup in Sochi, Russia later this month. He has his sights on playing for Russia at the 2017 World Juniors.

“For every young Russian hockey player it is a dream to play for the youth team of Russia,” Gurianov told “If you want to achieve anything in hockey, you need to win a gold medal at the World Junior Championship, is a kind of hockey exam. Therefore my aim, not only to quickly get to the NHL but also to play for the youth team of Russia at the World Juniors and bring home the gold medal.”

Dallas defense prospect Chris Martenet (fourth round/2015) is headed to the 2016 Memorial Cup. Martenet’s London Knights swept fellow Dallas defense prospect Aaron Haydon’s Niagara IceDogs, 4-0, in the Ontario Hockey League Championship Series.

London won the third game of the series, 6-5, in overtime last Monday and then clinched the series with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. The Knights finished the OHL playoffs on a 13-game winning streak.

Martenet had no points and a plus-three rating in 18 games for London, which now heads to the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alberta. The Knights open the tournament against Red Deer, the host team, on Friday. The WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings and QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the other two teams at the tournament.

Haydon (sixth round/2014) registered four points (two goal, two assists) in 17 playoff games for Niagara.

OHL Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Aaron Haydon D Niagara (Playoffs) 17 2 2 4 +1 16
Chris Martenet D London (Playoffs) 18 0 0 0 +3 6

*RW Denis Gurianov (first round/2015) registered 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist) in 47 games with Lada Togliatti in the KHL. Recorded 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 7 games in Russian juniors. Signed three-year entry-level contract with Dallas.

*LW Roope Hintz (second round/2015) registered 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 33 games with HIFK in Finland’s top league. Missed the first part of the season due to injury. Recorded 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 18 playoff games as HIFK advanced to the league championship series, losing in six games.

*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) finished the season with 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) in 44 games for HV 71 in the Swedish Hockey League. He had no points in six playoff games. Signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars and joined the Texas Stars after signing an amateur tryout contract with the AHL club.

*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) Registered 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) with Oskarshamn in Sweden’s second highest league. Played 6 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, registering no points. Had no points in 5 playoff games in the second highest league and 3 assists in 3 playoff games for Frolunda in junior playoffs.

*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) played 42 games for Ilves in Finland’s top league, registering 2 assists. Recorded 2 assists in 11 games with LeKi in Finland’s second highest league. Played 7 playoff games in Finnish juniors, scoring one goal as Ilves won the championship in Finland’s top junior league.

*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) registered 19 points (3 goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Assat in Finland’s top league.

*G Markus Ruusu (sixth round/2015) had a 3.09 goals-against average and .900 save percentage with JYP-Akatemia in Finland’s second highest league. Posted a 3.99 goals-against average and .886 save percentage with JYP in Finnish juniors. Signed an ATO with the Texas Stars and served as the third goaltender.

*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012) posted a 2.76 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in Finland’s top league. Had a 3.28 goals-against average and .889 save percentage with LeKi in Finland’s second highest league.

*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) played 17 games in Finnish juniors, registering 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) and 105 penalty minutes for HIFK. Played seven games in Finland’s second highest league, registering no points and seven playoff games in the second league, picking up two assists for Kiekko-Vantaa.

*D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) registered 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 40 games with RPI in college hockey, leading the team in defenseman scoring.

*D Joseph Cecconi (fifth round/2015) registered 7 assists in 38 games in his freshman season at the University of Michigan.

*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) registered 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 49 games for Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League. Picked up 1 assist in 5 playoff games.

*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) recorded 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) in 55 games with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League.

*G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) played for both Niagara and Flint in the Ontario Hockey League, posting a 13-25-4 record, 3.86 goals-against average and .881 save percentage.

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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