The Dallas Stars may not have many players heading to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be well represented by their two prospects in the tournament.
Aleksi Mäkelä, drafted in the 7th round (182nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and Julius Honka, drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, with both be playing for the defending gold medal champs this year, Team Finland. Both players are defensemen and will be great assets to Team Finland to help make sure they keep their gold metal title. While this will be Mäkelä’s first time, Honka was a part of last year’s gold medal team.
Both players are strong defensively, with Honka also excelling quite well in offensive aspects of the game, being known for his strong right-handed shot. Honka is a great two-way player, holding down the defensive end, but often looking more like a forward at other times, often bursting through the opposing team’s defenses with the puck and taking it to the net.
The Stars are hoping both playing will hone their skills and evolve into top players one day, with this tournament being one step closer to these young men seeing some NHL action.