Even though the NHL is in the middle of a nasty lockout right now, with no apparent end in sight, the junior hockey leagues’ (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL) regular seasons are in full swing and some of the Dallas Stars prospects have had hot starts. Below we will look at some prospects and their current progress and how their team is doing.
Radek Faksa- Center, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
It’s been a pretty hot start for the Stars first round pick in this years entry draft. In four games this season Faksa has registered four points (3g, 1a) and registered these points in three of the four games. Faksa scored two goals in Kitchener’s opening game agianst the Mississiauga Steelheads, and scored another goal in Kitcheners victory against the London Knights. Kitchener is 3-1-0 to start the season.
Brett Ritchie- Right Wing- Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
The IceDogs are 3-0-0 to start of the season and Ritchie has been a big part of his teams success registering four points in the three games (1g, 3a) with a plus minus of +3. Ritchie struggled last season playing for the Sarnia Sting and was traded mid season to Niagara where his game picked up completely and he became a big part of their success. Ritchie looks to continue that success this season.
Gemel Smith- Center- Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Drafted by the Stars in the fourth round of this years draft, people compared Smiths game to that of a young Steve Ott with his grit and physical play, along with his physical stature (5’10 164 pounds) . Last season with Owen Sound Smith scored 60 points (21g, 39a). This season Owen Sound is off to a hot start after 3 games as they are 3-0-1 to start the season and in these four games Smith has registered three points (1g, 2a) in helping his team look for a successful year this season.