Monday, October 12, 2009

'Shining' Star

He's the youngest player on the team, and there are only five players younger than him in the USHL (not counting the Team USA pool) and none of those younger than him have scored a point yet, but Dominik Shine had one of the most impressive weekends for the Stars this past weekend.

To recap, Shine had 2 goals this weekend to go with his 1 assist from opening weekend. The Pinckney, Mich., native earned praise from Coach Jimmy McGroarty after the home opener on Friday night. McGroarty said Shine has been one of the Stars' best players early in the season not just in games, but also in practice. My pal, Yeti, mentioned in a previous post that Shine was very impressive in the game against Omaha the following night.

Not bad for a guy who was going to be on the affiliate list until a couple preseason injuries kept him around. To put his age in perspective, just two months before Stars' tryouts, Shine needed a ride from his parents or friends to go look at hockey equipment.

Shine comes from the Compuware program in the Tier 1 Elite league. He put up 17 goals and 15 assists in 36 games last season, and was drafted by the Stars in the 3rd round of the 2009 Futures Draft. At tryouts, Shine was one of the leading scorers. Despite his age, Shine has taken advantage of his opportunity to play and is earning more and more ice time every game.

As is the case for all young players, Shine will likely experience some rough spots this season, but his work ethic this early in the season and the ability to "get" McGroarty's style of play gives him a good chance at a successful few years in Lincoln.

Any thoughts on Mr. Shine? Anyone know anything about the youngest player on the Stars?

6 comments:

Yeti said...

Great article, BellTolls. Shine is quickly becoming one of my favorite players on the team. I know it's very early in the season, but from the games I've seen him play in, he always has his nose in the play. It seemed like he was involved in most of the quality offensive chances against Teglia this past Saturday against Omaha. I know he ended up -2 on the night against the Lancers, but his PP goal doesn't count towards that. His feet are always moving, and he's always hustling on the ice.

One thing I've noticed is that the coaches having him playing one of the two point positions on the powerplay. This past weekend, quite often with the man advantage, the Stars were using five forwards on the PP unit, instead of three forwards and two defensemen. For a guy that really isn't that big, Shine has a heavy shot from the point.

Starstruck said...

One article (on americanjuniorhockey) described Dominik's goal "...Shine launched a power play laser from the point past Lancers goaltender..." I was not able to be in Omaha to see it, but liked that imagery. As a fan, the exciting part is that Shine should be in Lincoln a couple seasons! Appreciate the articles, BellTolls & Yeti, especially when home games are so sparse in the early part of this season -> insufficient fix of Stars Hockey!! Go Stars!

Yeti said...

Starstruck,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, Shine's shot from the point was a bullet...and seemed to catch Teglia off balance. It's amazing a 16 year old "kid" is getting so much playing time on the powerplay, and the penalty kill. Like Bells mentioned, his play has caught the attention of the coaches. In games, and in practices. He has a bright future for sure.

nopuckluck said...

Couldn't agree more with all of you, and what a great last name, SHINE!!!

KING said...

I'm hoping Lincoln holds on to this kid. This young buck has a lot of potential...

Anonymous said...

He's a great asset to this team. They should keep him for a long time!