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Tufte, Nyberg lead Team Benn past Team Seguin at camp scrimmage

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Riley Tufte scored two goals and assisted on one other as Team Benn defeated Team Seguin, 6-1, at Saturday’s three-on-three prospect scrimmage that concluded Dallas Stars development camp in Frisco.

Tufte, Dallas’ first-round pick (25th overall) in last month’s NHL Draft, had an impressive game for Team Benn with Stars captain Jamie Benn among the large crowd watching at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter.

“It was awesome,” Tufte said. “I thought I played pretty well. The three-on-three hockey was a little different than five-on-five, but it was a lot of fun.”

The two teams played three ten-minute periods of three-on-three hockey. After each period there was a shootout, which didn’t factor into the final score.

Dallas defense prospect John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) also had registered two goals and one assist for Team Benn. Nyberg scored four minutes into the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and then tallied four minutes later to extend Team Benn’s lead to 3-1.

Forwards Rhett Gardner (fourth round/2016) and Nick Caamano (fifth round/2016) also scored for Team Benn, and Sang Hoon Shin, one of two players from South Korea at the camp, chipped in with two assists.

Max Gerlach, a free agent player from Flower Mound, scored the lone goal for Team Seguin.

Thirty-two players, including 18 players in the Dallas system, spent the week in Frisco going through on-ice and off-ice workouts and presentations on nutrition, how to deal with the media and various other topics.

“It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the week,” said Tufte. “I made a lot of new friends; it was a good group of guys. I was really impressed with what they put us through this week. I thought it was awesome.”

“You learn a lot of things that you can take home and use to your advantage to make yourself better,” said Dallas defense prospect Chris Martenet, a fourth-round pick in 2015. “We do a lot of stickhandling, a lot of skills work, edges on ice. You learn different workouts, different exercises to improve your core strength and overall strength. There are a lot of things to take from here.”

Stars GM Jim Nill said the past week wasn’t about evaluating players but was more focused on education.

“We talked to the players at the beginning of camp and told them that I am not watching practices and scrimmages and saying, this guy is good, and this guy is bad. This is not for that,” Nill said. “Our most important thing is the education process. It’s learning to workout properly, understanding what it takes to be a pro. That’s the education part of this camp.”

Camp Scrimmage Scoring

Here were the scorers in Saturday’s camp scrimmage:


Riley Tufte: 2 goals, 1 assist

John Nyberg: 2 goals, 1 assist

Sang Hoon Shin: 2 assists

Rhett Gardner: 1 goal

Nick Caamano: 1 goal

Denis Gurianov: 1 assist

Alexey Solovyev: 1 assist

Yeong Jun Seo: 1 assist


Max Gerlach: 1 goal

Chris Martenet: 1 assist

Landon Bow: 1 assist

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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