Around the League: Aeros in a Hole, Dallas Looking for Depth

  • With the series coming back to Houston, the Aeros are in a 3-2 hole after a stinker of a Game 5 in Binghamton. Game 6 is Tuesday, and Game 7 is Thursday, if necessary. [The Third Intermission]

  • No one likes to see pictures like this one... The Aeros have likely lost Jared Spurgeon for the series after a devastating hit in Game 5. (Credit: The Third Intermission)

  • The Grand Rapids Griffins are running an impressive contest for the month of June. They are giving away a prize each day to a different 20 game or full season ticket holder. The grand prize is a one-day player contract including standing on the ice during the national anthem. Other big prizes include playing street hockey at your house with the Griffins and standing behind the bench with the equipment manager during a game. []

  • If the Stars ever do a contest like the above, it should totally include some postgame press questions. I'm in, if so.

  • Depth guys are a point of improvement for Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk, according to ESPN Dallas. His statement about depth players could be taken two ways, to me, either as an indictment of the their performance last year or a chance for them to step up in training camp. Maybe a little of both. [ESPN Dallas]

  • The NHL Draft isn't given quite the same Mock Draft status as the NFL or the NBA, but here's one mock draft. This one has the Stars picking up 6'7" defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak out of Northeastern. The Stars pick #14 in the first round of the draft, which is on June 24th in Minnesota. [myNHLdraft]

  • Speaking of the draft, any time you need to know something about a player's history, you should use For example, here's an interesting history of the Stars' draft. []

  • Brandon Worley has nothing but nice things to say about Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, but still feels that Kirk Muller is a better option for head coach of the Dallas Stars. [Defending Big D]