The Stars prospects were mostly listless in a 3-1 loss against the Red Wings in Game 2 of the Traverse City tournament. Offense was hard to come by against, and the Stars only managed a couple of shots on net in the second period. Michigan native Tony Calderone scored the lone goal for the Stars which provided a fun moment for his family in attendance. After squinting really hard to find them, here are some takeaways:
- Colton Point had a much better showing in game 2 than in the previous game. He only allowed two goals on about 25 shots. The Stars will count that as progress. More than that, Point never really made the type of mistake that he made in game 1 and was rarely out of position. He made several key saves on the penalty kill against some dangerous Red Wing forwards. This game can go down as a positive for Point.
- Calderone's goal was set up nicely by Nick Caamano. Caamano, who found the score sheet a couple times in the previous game, has had a good tournament so far. These two players could potentially find themselves on the same line in Cedar Park this season--an intriguing possibility considering the early returns.
- Roope Hintz has been good but not great. For a forward expected to take the next step and cement himself as one of the top prospects in the Stars' system, you would hope that he excels in this type of setting. That just hasn't been the case. Not all top players are going to have an amazing tournament, but strong play in Traverse City has a way of gaining the trust of the coaching staff (see Dries, Sheldon). Look for Hintz to turn it on a bit over the next couple of days.
- Joseph Veleno is a name that Stars fans are familiar with. He was a conventional pick for the Stars at number thirteen in the 2018 draft in most mock drafts. Instead he fell to thirty, where the Red Wings were happy to take him. Veleno was one of the better players on the ice during this game. Ty Dellandrea, whom the Stars took instead of Veleno, was pretty invisible. Dellandrea did notch three assists in game 1, so there's nothing in particular to be concerned about. It will just be an interesting thought experiment to compare the two forwards as the years go by.
The Stars prospects will be back at it on Monday at 2:30 CDT against the Minnesota Wild.