Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stars trade Tom Marchin to Muskegon for Dylan Malmquist, Cam Lee

Tom Marchin
This past Monday, the Lincoln Stars traded ('95) forward Tom Marchin to the Muskegon Lumberjacks ('96) forward Dylan Malmquist and ('96) defenseman Cam Lee.

This trade was sort of buried on Monday with the announcement of Chris Hartsburg as the new head coach, and the beginning of the USHL Phase 1 (Futures) draft on the same day.

Marchin, who is originally from Algonac, Michigan, was a 6th round draft pick of the Stars in the 2013 USHL Phase 2 (Entry) draft.  In 52 games last season for Lincoln, Marchin scored 18 points (6g, 12a) along with 41 PIM's.  As a '95, Marchin potentially could play two seasons with the Lumberjacks.

Dylan Malmquist
Dylan Malmquist just finished his junior season at Edina (MN) high school where he scored 47 points (17g, 30a) in 32 games played for the Hornets.  Malmquist was originally drafted by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 2013 USHL Phase 1 (Futures) draft.

Click here to watch a video of Dylan in action for Edina HS from last year.  Incredible speed shown by Malmquist (#20) in the video with that partial breakaway goal, which was his third of the game.

Malmquist was ranked #182 in the final rankings of the NHL central scouting services list which was released last month.  He has a very good shot at being drafted by a NHL team this spring.  Click here to read a scouting report of Malmquist from the OverTheBoards website.

It is unknown if Malmquist will return to Edina to play his senior season, or if he'll wear a Stars uniform in 2014-15.  Forward Migel Fidler, who was Dylan's teammate the past three seasons at Edina, will play for the Stars this next season, so hopefully that will help Dylan lean towards playing for Lincoln.  We'll see.

Cam Lee
As for the last piece of this trade, Cameron "Cam" Lee is a puck-moving defenseman who is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Lee just finished his junior season at Northwood Prep School which is located in Lake Placid, NY.

Cam was originally drafted by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 4th round of the 2013 USHL Phase 1 (Futures) draft.  Lee has committed to play college hockey at Providence College.  

Although he still has yet to play his senior season at Northwood, I've been told there's a good chance we'll see Lee in a Stars uniform this fall.

On paper, I think this could be a good trade for Lincoln especially if Hull/Hartsburg can get Malmquist to report.  Malmquist is the more highly ranked prospect, but I've heard that Lee is an elite offensive defenseman.  I suppose if the Stars were going to trade Marchin, I'm glad it was to an eastern conference team.  Less opportunities for him to burn Lincoln in the future.  

All the best to Tom Marchin from everyone in #StarsNation.  It was a pleasure watching him wear the Stars uniform this past season.  I'm happy he will get an opportunity to play closer to home this next season.  

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