GOOD NEWS: Just In Dallas Stars Have Reached Verbal Agreement To Sign Top Experienced Superstar

Ben Kraws, a Hobey Baker candidate, signs a one-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.

Goalie Ben Kraws has joined the Dallas Stars on a one-year, entry-level contract that will start in the 2024–25 season, the team announced on Monday. Jim Nill, president of hockey operations and general manager, made the announcement.

The 6-foot-5 goalie is ending an incredible career at St. Lawrence University, where he played a key role in the Skating Saints’ incredible run through the ECAC conference tournament before falling to Cornell in the championship game. Through 37 games, Kraws recorded a 14-17-6 record, two shutouts, a.919 save percentage, and a 2.49 goals-against average. Following a breakthrough season, Kraws was named a Hobey Baker candidate for the NCAA’s Top Collegiate Player award.

Kraws finished the previous season with a 3-0 record while serving as Arizona State’s backup for the second straight year. He had a 12-11-1 record in 27 starts the year prior. Kraus played for Miami University (Ohio) for two seasons before moving to Arizona State. The New Jersey native spent five years in the NCAA, playing for Miami, Arizona State, and St. Lawrence. In 89 regular season games, he recorded a 30-41-9 record, a.906 save percentage, and a 2.98 goals-against average.

Despite choosing to attend college, Kraus was selected in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Before moving on to play for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), Kraus played a portion of two seasons with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Kraus played 69 games for Sioux City, finishing with a 20-29-9 record, three shutouts, and a.895 save percentage.

Dallas has been busy signing NCAA free agents over the past several weeks; they have signed Ben Kraws, Justin Hryckowian, and Luke Krys. To finish the season, Kraws will probably sign an ATO with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Texas has played 62 games and earned 64 points, good for fourth place in the Central Division with a 29-27-4-2 record. There are ten games left in the Stars’ season.

Jonathan Lekkerimaki of the Canucks will play for AHL Abbotsford before trying out for the Swedish World Championship team.
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Tyler Kuehl
25 Mar 2024
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Jonathan Lekkerimaki (Steven Ellis/Daily Faceoff) is given credit.
A young player with promise is traveling to North America to assist in getting ready to compete for his native nation in the next IIHF Men’s World Championships.

The Abbotsford Canucks, the Vancouver Canucks’ American Hockey League club, will receive forward Jonathan Lekkerimäki, according to an announcement made by general manager Patrik Allvin on Monday.

Lekkerimäki is visiting from his home Sweden for a little more than a week to stay in condition before going back to his home country in the hopes of making the national squad before the World Championships next month, according to a report last week from Rick Dhaliwal of Donnie and Dhali – the squad.

Lekkerimäki will have the opportunity to participate in four games with Abbotsford if the chronology is accurate. Two games versus the Colorado Eagles and two more versus the Manitoba Moose.

Lekkerimäki, who plays for Orebro HK in the SwedishHL, recently completed his second full season in the league. Before his squad was eliminated seven days ago, the Tullinge native scored 19 goals and 31 points in 46 games. He also had an assist in three playoff contests.

At the World Junior Championships this year, the 19-year-old was also a member of the Swedish national junior squad that lost to the United States in the gold medal game. He was voted the most valuable player of the competition and topped the tournament in goals scored (7).

Lekkerimäki will undoubtedly be given a serious chance to make the senior national team roster based on his play this season and his general growth over the previous many years.

Lekkerimäki, who signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Cancuks last May, is currently in the first year of his contract. He was selected by Vancouver with the 15th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. His deal has an AAV of $1.425 million.

 

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