Ty Dellandrea was the number thirteen pick overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft selected to the Dallas Stars. The 6 foot 1 center is now primed to make a run to fill the hole left open by Tyler Seguin, who is recovering from a torn labrum during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Seguin’s timetable to return is set for April, meaning he will miss a majority of the upcoming season. (Scheduled to begin next Thursday, January 14th.)
Dellandrea scored five points in the 2020 World Juniors Tournament (3G/2A) where Canada won gold. Unlike Tuesday where the US took home the gold. (Sorry Canada, it seemed relevant.) Dellandrea most recently spent time on loan to the JYP of the Liiga scoring two goals in six games played before being sent back to North America. The league was put on hold due to Covid-19 effectively shutting down the Liiga’s season. Most notably, Dellandrea’s breakout season was with the OHL’s Flint Freebirds in ’19-’20 where he served as team captain and in 47 games played, tallied 70 points (32G/38A).
Dellandrea is a strong skater with the ability and speed to break away from defenders. While with JYP Dellandrea also had time to take a bulk of faceoffs while on the ice, something that the Stars will definitely miss without Seguin once the season begins. Dellandrea is poised to become the next young skater on the Stars to lead the team in an offensive category. Much like Denis Gurionav in the previous season, scoring a team high 20 goals. At one point in the scouting process, Dellandrea was compared to the likes of now teammate Joe Pavelski. With Pavelski taking the ice on day two of training camp, Dellandrea now has the chance to take notes from one of the games best centers over the last decade.
The Stars and Dellandrea take on the Florida Panthers next Thursday night, and we will anxiously wait to see if the young center will be able to fill the void of Tyler Seguin.