From July 28 through August 5, the World Junior Summer Showcase pitted some of the best young NHL prospects from the countries of Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States.
The Dallas Stars had four players on display in Plymouth, Michigan including two of their first three picks from the 2017 draft.
The Stars third round pick in 2016 was Fredrik Karlström, who finished tied second in the showcase overall with six points, which led team Sweden. In his five games played, Karlström had two goals, one against team Canada and the other versus USA Blue, adding in four assists as he tallied a point in every game for one of the most impressive displays at the showcase.
A more recognizable name to most Stars fans may be 2016 first round pick Riley Tufte. In the first set of three games on USA Blue, Tufte had just two assists, which both came against team Sweden. USA Blue lost that game 4-3 with Karlström recording the game-winning goal along with an assist. When the United States made changes to the roster, Tufte made the cut, providing two more one-point performances in the additional three games. In a rematch against team Sweden Tufte scored early into the second to tie the game, in which the USA would go on to win 3-2. In a 4-3-comeback victory over Finland, Tufte scored midway through the third to tie the game. Tufte finished the showcase with four points over six games.
Jason Robertson the Stars second round pick this year was also on display in his home state. The Michigan native played in the first three games on USA Blue scoring once. Against Finland, Robertson scored on a backdoor pass to extend the lead to 3-0 in an eventual 4-1 victory for the USA. After the first three games, Robertson was released from the roster, but that doesn’t take away from a solid showcase in which he finished a +2.
The final Stars player on display was 2017 first round pick Jake Oettinger. On USA White Oettinger appeared in two games. The first, a 4-2 win versus Finland, saw him split time stopping 10 of 11 shots faced in just over 31 minutes of action. Against Canada Red Oettinger stopped 22 of 24 en route to an 8-2 victory. After the roster changes Oettinger made one more start for the USA once again against Finland. In the 4-3 win he faced 40 shots making 37 saves to post a 2-0-0 record overall for the showcase. The six goals against in just under 151 total minuets left him at a 2.38 GAA with a .920 save percentage.
Overall, every Stars prospect on display had a solid performance. The scoring touch from Karlström adds hype to another Stars forward coming through the system that may have not been on a ton of radars. Oettinger putting in impressive performances is also a great sign as he showed he was everything as advertised that led to him being a first round pick.