|Stars head coach Chris Hartsberg (center) addresses players before practice|
There are a total of 120 players here at 2014 camp divided into 6 teams. Each team consists of two goaltenders, six defensemen, and twelve forwards.
I've been asked by the Stars to not post the tryout roster sheets on this blog, or on Twitter.
So unlike in years past, you will not see the camp roster sheets posted here. However, I was told I am allowed to mention specific players here and on Twitter. So although I'm not exactly happy with not being able to post the roster sheets here, I'm glad I will be able to highlight players who catch my eye.
Players from last year's Stars team who are here at camp are: Jacob Nehama, Luke Shiplo, Tristan Rostagno, Patrick Gazzillo, Connor Frantti, Jonathan Desbiens, Blake Christensen, Keegan Ward, Dominick Sacco, Max Humitz, Hunter Anderson, Luke Voltin, and Biagio Lerario. Missing are forwards Ludvig Hoff, Brandon Smith and Thomas Carey. A surprising camp addition from last season is defenseman Luke Shiplo. I had thought Shiplo was attending Western Michigan this fall, but I guess that's not the case.
Of the 45 players previously protected by the Stars that I highlighted in this blog article, all but six are here at camp. Those six missing are: (D) Austin Cho, (F) Michael Floodstrand, (F) Jacob Harris, (D) Michael Prapavessis, (D) Liam Schioler, and (F) Kyle Weller. Floodstrand will play for Team USA U-18 next season, while Prapavessis will be attending RPI. So all in all, a very good turnout.
Unlike in years past, the Stars opened up training camp with team practices instead of jumping right into games. Although as a fan it wasn't the most exciting thing to watch tonight (queue Allen Iverson), I think it's a great idea to give the players some time to adjust. Instead of throwing them right into a game environment the very first day, the Stars allowed them to ease into the tryout camp with a good practice. It also gives the players a chance to get to know their teammates before the games begin in force tomorrow.
Stars head coach Chris Hartsberg led all of the three practices this evening, with assistant coach Mick Berge and goaltending coach Chris Holt helping out. The practices were very fast paced, with constant back-and-forth action. These were only practices, so I don't feel comfortable singling out players who stood out. I will do that during the games, however.
Looking at the roster sheet I was given by the Stars, this is a very young camp. There are only 5 players born in 1994 in this group of 120 participants. There are a ton of players here born between 1996-98. This may be an indication on the type of team the Stars have this next season. Young, but very talented and hungry.
The schedule of games tomorrow starts very early, with the first scrimmage beginning at 7:00am. I will post frequent game updates on Twitter, so check that out when you can. I will tweet final scores from each game, and goal scorers. There isn't much of a lunch break tomorrow, so blog updates will come late Friday after the last game is done.
That's about it! Time for me to get some sleep and start this all over again in the morning. If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask, please email me at email@example.com or leave a comment below. Thanks for reading. -Yeti (Tim)