- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars are done for the season and so are the Texas Stars, but a few Dallas prospects in involved in playoff hockey in their respective leagues.
*Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (1st round/2011) and right wing Brett Ritchie (2nd round/2011) are playing in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs with the Niagara IceDogs. Niagara is set to take on Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 1 is Friday. Oleksiak has no points and a plus-four rating in 10 playoff games. Ritchie has four points (one goal, three assists) in 10 games.
*Defenseman John Klingberg (5th round/2010) and center Emil Molin (4th round/2011) are playing against each other in the Swedish Elite championship series. Molin’s Brynas club leads Klingberg’s Skelleftea team 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Thursday. Klingberg and Molin are both scoreless in the series.
*The Idaho Steelheads are still going in the ECHL playoffs. The Steelheads are down 2-0 in their second round series against Las Vegas. The next three games are in Idaho. Two Dallas players – forward Michael Neal and defenseman Hubert Labrie – are playing for the Steelheads. Neal is tied for second on the Steelheads in scoring with seven points (three goals, four assists) in six playoff games. Labrie has no points and a plus-two rating in three games.