Roster Moves Made On Friday
Friday, 09.26.2008 / 5:40 PM CT / Feature
By Dallas Stars Staff
The Stars practiced in two groups on Friday in Frisco, hitting the one-week mark of training camp. The team assigned five players to minor league and junior teams in the afternoon and also released three players. The training camp roster is currently at 35 players.
PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO AHL:
Trevor Ludwig (Manitoba Moose)
Tyler Shelast (Hamilton Bulldogs)
PLAYER ASSIGNED TO ECHL:
John Lammers (Idaho Steelheads)
PLAYER ASSIGNED TO FINLAND:
Lauri Tukonen - Ilves Tampere
PLAYER ASSIGNED TO JUNIORS:
Jamie Benn (Kelowna - WHL)
“That’s where we are,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett after practice. “As the days go on our numbers will dwindle down a little bit. We will have less and less out there. We will be very detail orientated now with the structure and we can do a lot of that with less bodies.”
Priorities have clearly shifted as the regular season creeps closer and the preparation for the NHL level hits a higher level.
“It’s great to get a look at the young players, but you know you have 20 days before the start of the season,” Tippett said. “You have to get your team in order. That is the goal right now.”
Still, Tippett values the practice time he does get that includes the younger prospects that will hopefully one day be NHL players.
“It helps a great deal. It helps the evaluation process,” he said. “These kids come in and they have each other to bond with when they are in the (Traverse City) tournament and when they are in camp. It also gets them up to pro speed, which is what we want to see from them at camp. Some of these guys are college kids that never played in a pro situation. It gets them up and going quicker.”
One player who impressed was 19-year-old Jamie Benn. He was one of the best players in Traverse City and looked good in camp.
“(Benn is) very Strong, he has a great upside to him,” Tippett said. “We look forward to seeing more of him in the future.”
Newcomer Fabian Brunnstrom has a lot to take in and learn in his first season in North America, but he is making strides and the club likes what they see. Patience will continue to be a high priority with him as the team does not want to push him too fast. But his upside is very high.
“He has had some coaching before and he knows a lot about the game,” Tippett said. “He is still playing a role situation, trying to get quicker. He is learning when to get to open ice and when to stay in and battle. Those things will come with more experience. He is an intelligent player.”
The Stars will hold an Open House on Saturday morning at American Airlines Center. Fans can watch the team practice from the stands from approximately 10 AM – Noon. Free public skating on the arena ice for fans who bring their own skates will take place afterwards until 2 pm.
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