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Damiani rising as valuable prospect in Stars' system

Former fifth-round pick earned entry-level deal, invite to Team Canada camp after strong season in juniors

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / DallasStars.com

There wasn't a lot of buzz when the Dallas Stars selected Riley Damiani in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center, but one year later that's changed.

A strong season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League helped Damiani earn an entry-level contract with Dallas and land an invitation to Canada's National Junior Team development camp. And now the 19-year-old forward is starting to look like a strong prospect and an intriguing late-round pick.

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Hidden gem? Felhaber brings scoring prowess to Stars

Intriguing 'late bloomer' is coming off a 59-goal season with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Five years ago, Tye Felhaber seemed destined to be an NHL draft pick. Highly touted when he came into major juniors as the 10th overall pick in the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Draft, Felhaber looked like a good bet to get selected in the NHL Draft two years later.

But it never happened.  

It took a breakout 2018-19 season, in which Felhaber scored 59 goals in 68 games, for NHL teams to line up to try to sign him as a free agent. Sweepstakes the Dallas Stars won when they locked up Felhaber to an entry-level deal in March.

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Who will Stars choose with first-round pick at NHL Draft?

A look at six prospects that could be available for Dallas with the 18th overall selection

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will look to restock the prospect pool when they head to Vancouver later this week for the 2019 NHL Draft. The Stars have four picks in this year's draft including the 18th overall selection in the first round.

The Stars' other picks are in the fourth round (111th), fifth round (142nd), and sixth round (173rd). The Stars have only four picks this year because they used some of their selections to acquire players this past season. The second-round pick went to the New York Rangers in the Mats Zuccarello deal, the third-round pick went to New Jersey for Ben Lovejoy, and the seventh-round pick was dealt to Toronto for Connor Carrick.

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World Championship: Faksa, Czechs come up short in bid for bronze

Stars center finishes with four points at the tournament as Czech Republic falls to Russia in a shootout

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic fell short in their bid for a bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship Sunday, falling to Russia in a shootout, 3-2, at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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World Championship: Faksa, Czech Republic fall to Canada in semifinals

Stars center will look to take home bronze medal in Sunday's finale against Russia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic will play for the bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

The Czechs fell, 5-1, to Canada in the semifinals Saturday and will take on Russia Sunday for third place at the tournament.

Vegas' Mark Stone tallied one goal and one assist and Pittsburgh's Matt Murray stopped 40 shots for Canada, which will play for the gold medal Sunday against Finland, a 1-0 winner over Russia in Saturday's other semifinal.

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World Championship: Faksa, Czech Republic to meet Canada in semifinals

Klingberg's quest for third straight gold medal comes up short as Sweden is eliminated with OT loss to Finland

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic are moving onto the semifinals at the World Championship in Slovakia, but John Klingberg and Sweden's bid for a third straight gold medal is over.

The Czechs defeated Germany, 5-1, in Thursday's quarterfinals and will play Canada in Saturday's semifinal round. Canada defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in overtime Thursday.

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World Championship: Faksa, Klingberg moving on to quarterfinals

Klingberg scores his first goal, but Sweden falls to Russia to wrap up preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored his first goal at this year's IIHF World Championship on Tuesday, but Sweden fell to Russia, 7-4, on the final day of preliminary-round play.

Sweden, which finished third in Group B with a 5-2-0 record, will play Finland, which finished second in Group A, in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Russia, which finished first in Group B with a 7-0-0 record, will play the United States, which finished fourth in Group A.

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World Championship: Klingberg helps lift Sweden past Latvia

Stars defenseman earns assist, forces key turnover in win to move to 5-1 in preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up one assist as Sweden edged Latvia, 5-4, at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Monday.

Klingberg had a secondary assist on a rush goal by Los Angeles' Adrian Kempe that gave the Swedes a 2-1 lead 13:38 into the second period of the back-and-forth game that saw the Latvians draw even at 4-4 with 3:24 remaining.

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World Championship: Faksa's career day paces Czech Republic's rout

Stars center scores, adds two assists as Czechs roll past Italy for third straight win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa had a productive day at the World Championship in Slovakia on Sunday, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) as Czech Republic rolled over Austria, 8-0, for its third straight win.

Faksa's goal 6:30 into the first period gave the Czechs a 1-0 lead and held up as the game-winner. Washington's Jakub Vrana won a puck battle behind the Austrian net and set up Faksa, who scored from the right faceoff circle for his first career goal at the World Championship.

Faksa also assisted on a power-play goal that extended the Czech lead to 4-0 in the second period and then picked up an assist an even-strength goal pushed the lead to 8-0 in the third.

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World Championship: Klingberg's first assist helps Sweden to win

Stars defenseman sets up game-tying goal as Swedes earn fourth win in five games during preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up one assist as Sweden edged Switzerland, 4-3, at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia on Saturday.

Klingberg's first assist of the tournament came on the power play and helped Sweden tie the game after falling behind early.

Switzerland grabbed a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the first period on a goal by Sven Andrighetto. But with Sweden on a power play late in the period, Alexander Wennberg won a faceoff back to Klingberg, whose shot from the left point was tipped into the net by Wennberg 1:26 before the intermission.

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