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Stars prospect Shore explains choosing NCAA over juniors

Jul 12, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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As a 16-year-old, Dallas Stars prospect Devin Shore felt like he was being overpowered by more physically mature opponents. That was one of the driving forces behind his decision to play NCAA hockey rather than going the OHL route, as he explained to the team’s website.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. I flip-flopped back and forth,” Shore said. “The OHL is such a great option, but you have to pick what is right for you. The biggest thing for me is that I needed more time to develop. I was a small kid going into my 16-year-old OHL year, and there were guys stronger than me and way more mature physically, so I figured the college route extends the window to become a pro.”

The 19-year-old is taking that extra time to bulk up, if nothing else.

When the Stars selected him in the second round (61st overall) in 2012, Shore was listed at 185 lbs. He’s impressively managed to pack on 20 lbs. to his 6-foot-1 frame in the past two years while distinguishing himself  in the NCAA, including becoming Maine’s first freshman to lead the team in scoring since a fellow named Gustav Nyquist accomplished that task.

It all leads to glowing reviews from Stars management, even if it’s unclear how far he is from being ready to make the big jump(s).

“Devin had a really strong season. He’s a real solid player, smart. He was one of the better players in college hockey,” Stars assistant GM Les Jackson said. “He has a great attitude, good work ethic. He is a pretty impressive player and person.”

  1. Windmiller4 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    How is he playing college if he played OHL as a 16 year old?

    • James O'Brien - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Good catch, was the OJHL:

  2. tc634 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Any relation to Drew Shore of the Panthers?

  3. blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Taking the ‘scenic’ route eh ? …

    what, like slowing down the presidential motorcade to 5 MPH in Dealey Plaza ?



    “with victory comes happiness”

    The bottom line is that tonight nobody gives a crap about some stupid ‘prospect’ for the Dallas Stars (ie: maybe these clowns should make better use of their time by ‘prospecting’ for empty shell casings up there ‘behind’ the picket fence on the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza eh?). Tonight friends, all that the people ‘want or need’ to care about is tomorrow’s match between the Argies and the Fatherland ! Yes sir ! And as sure as tomorrow is the 13th day of the month, just like it was the 13th day of the month last month when we LA Kings prevailed victorious, I’m now convinced beyond a ‘reasonable’ doubt that Deutschland will emerge victorious ! :)

    ps: as you know, Jesus was the ’13th’ man at his last get together … probably the ‘nicest’ man ever …

    Sieg für Deutschland und Los Angeles !!!

  4. luz56 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Slow news night on hockey front… Would love to see a breakdown on each teams top 6 prospects, or a good debate on who’s teams greatest top 6 players

    I’ll start Calgary Flames

    G Mikka Kiprussoff
    D Al Macinnis
    D Gary Suter
    F Jarome Iginla
    F Doug Gilmour
    F Joe Nieuwendyk

    Let the debate begin

    • cliffatola - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Not sure how you leave Theo Fleury off of that list.

    • blomfeld - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      good ‘creative’ effort friend, however how can you omit the likes of Paul Reinhart, Joel Otto and Lanny McDonald from your list ? … those 80’s teams of the Flames were the ‘best’ they’ve ever had and they would have won some cups had it not been for Gretzky and crew just up the road (ie: like ‘bingo’ in ’89 after Gretzky left Edmonton)

  5. luz56 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    That’s where the debate comes in…. Thought about it as he was also the heart and soul of the club in the 90s… But the other three forwards were better.. I also liked Kent Nilsson too along with Joey Mullen

  6. notmrknowitall - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    OJHL is a Tier II hockey. OHL is Tier I. That said it’s another dumb NCAA rule. Who cares if they’ve played major junior and want to flip over to college hockey.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Because a hundred bucks a week as far as the NCAA is concerned qualifies them as professionals.

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Which doesn’t make the rule a dumb rule. Playing NCAA spores is being a professional, they are compensated for their work with tuition, room, board, books, equipment, and a small stipend. The value of that compensation for most is well north of $30K/year. For some sports, that is fair compensation because those sports are financial net negatives, for others…not so much.

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Dang it, should have said, “Which doesn’t mean the rule isn’t a dumb rule.”

  7. notmrknowitall - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    So a junior player gets boarding and maybe $250 a month in spending money from the team. How can you say that’s any different from what they get in college. It’s a dumb rule period.

  8. notmrknowitall - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    LOL…that makes more sense. The rest of your original comment sounded like it was pretty much agreeing with me.

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