Looking at 3 players in the Stars’ system who may be ready to make the leap to the NHL

The Dallas Morning News‘ Matthew DeFranks takes a look at the Stars after the 2018-19 season. Here, he breaks down which players in the Stars system could make their way to the NHL.

Denis Gurianov

Gurianov had his best season in North America with 20 goals and 28 assists for AHL affiliate Texas. The Russian first-round pick also played 21 NHL games and scored his first NHL goal, but the coaching staff thought he lost confidence at times when he wasn’t scoring. Gurianov’s skating is possibly the best in the organization and the winger could receive a shot to play top-six minutes next season.

Joel L’Esperance

L’Esperance was a relative unknown at this time last season after signing with the Stars as a free agent out of Michigan Tech. But he burst onto the scene with a strong season in the AHL, using his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame to score 30 goals for Texas this season. He played 18 games in the NHL and might be an option as a bottom-six center.

Gavin Bayreuther

Bayreuther was the final defenseman sent to the AHL after training camp and earned 19 NHL games this season following a series of injuries on the Stars blue line. Bayreuther is a left-handed offensive defenseman who will try to crack the logjam on the left side with Esa Lindell, Miro Heiskanen and Jamie Oleksiak.

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