FRISCO — You don’t wish to be on the roster bubble. However you do wish to be on the bubble roster — and the Stars have theirs now.Stars normal supervisor Jim Nill stated the crew decreased their 35-man coaching camp roster to the league-maximum 31-man roster by sending dwelling forwards Joel L’Esperance and Rhett Gardner, defenseman Dillon Heatherington and goaltender Colton Level.That meant that the Stars’ final two first-round picks made the roster: ahead Ty Dellandrea and defenseman Thomas Harley.After the cuts, the Stars will take 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and 4 goalies to Edmonton for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. Groups had been allowed a 31-man roster with a most of 28 skaters. The Stars elected to solely carry 27 skaters with a purpose to convey a fourth goaltender.Let’s go position-by-position to interrupt down the Stars roster.Goaltenders (4)Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) makes a save on a shot by the Buffalo Sabres’ Henri Jokiharju through the third interval on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, on the American Airways Heart in Dallas. The Sabres received, 4-1.(Ashley Landis / TNS)NHL regulars: Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin.Subsequent man up: Jake Oettinger.On the roster: Landon Bow.Off the roster: Colton Level.The truth that Level was left off the roster was not shocking in any respect. He spent the complete 2019-20 season with ECHL affiliate Idaho, save for a one-game cameo with AHL affiliate Texas. The one mildly shocking a part of the Stars’ choice was the selection to take 4 goalies to Edmonton as an alternative of three, and it’s a choice that has a trickle-down impact on the remainder of the roster.Nill stated the Stars wished to convey 4 goaltenders to Edmonton in case accidents or sickness ravage the depth on the place. The COVID-19 testing procedures would make it robust, if not unimaginable, so as to add a goaltender on brief discover in the event that they endure two accidents and wish a backup goalie.“If you take three goalies, and you get an injury, then you’re down to two,” Nill stated. “If you go into another game, you might have a back-to-back and another goalie gets hurt, you cannot get that next goalie in there in time. … We just think it’s too risky to go in there with three goalies. This is something new for everybody, and we just thought it’s the best thing to cover our bases in case there was an injury to a goalie.”The choice to take 4 goalies as an alternative of three meant that the Stars may solely take 27 skaters as an alternative of 28. Because the Stars determined to take 10 defensemen to Edmonton, they needed to lower two forwards as an alternative of 1. Basically, the choice got here down as to whether the Stars would reasonably have a fourth goaltender (Bow) or an 18th ahead (L’Esperance or Gardner).It’s nonetheless very, not possible that Bow performs. It’s additionally not possible that Oettinger performs a recreation within the postseason. As a reminder, a well-traveled and high quality backup goaltender like Khudobin has by no means began a postseason recreation. So, whereas theoretically potential, carrying a fourth goaltender is extra for insurance coverage than something.As for the third goalie, Oettinger claimed that place within the second half of the AHL season and didn’t let go of it throughout coaching camp. He completed his first AHL season with a .917 save share and a couple of.57 objectives in opposition to common.“It’s a mental, it’s a physical grind,” Nill stated of the AHL season. “As you mentioned, we thought from January on, his game once again took off. He took it to another level and we’ve seen [that] in camp here also. We thought he’s been very good. He looks real calm in net. He’s steady. He’s competitive and he’s a big man.”Oettinger is the Stars’ goaltender of the longer term, a former first-round choose in 2017 that attended Boston College for 2 seasons earlier than turning professional this season. When the Stars wanted a goalie down the stretch in March, it was Oettinger who received the decision and never Bow.Forwards (17)Dallas Stars middle Joe Pavelski (16) celebrates his rating with proper wing Alexander Radulov (47) through the first interval of an NHL matchup between the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at American Airways Heart in Dallas.(Ryan Michalesko / Employees Photographer)NHL regulars: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Denis Gurianov, Mattias Janmark, Joe Pavelski, Alexander Radulov, Roope Hintz, Jason Dickinson, Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Radek Faksa and Blake Comeau.Subsequent man up: Justin Dowling.On the roster: Jason Robertson, Joel Kiviranta, Nick Caamano and Ty Dellandrea.Off the roster: Joel L’Esperance and Rhett Gardner.The selections up entrance needed to do with what position a participant may play within the NHL. Can he play on the facility play? Can he kill penalties? Is he a wing or a middle? Is he a top-six or bottom-six ahead?Dowling is a ahead that’s trusted by the teaching workers, with the expertise of taking part in all 13 postseason video games final 12 months and the flexibility to play wing, middle, top-six, bottom-six and energy play. Throughout coaching camp, Dowling additionally labored with the penalty kill, however it’s unlikely he’ll play there when video games resume.Robertson is probably the most-offensively proficient participant not within the Stars’ high 12 forwards, and will bounce Dowling to be the primary ahead off the bench if the Stars lose an offensive winger like Alexander Radulov, Corey Perry or Denis Gurianov. He tied for the crew lead in Texas with 25 objectives in his first skilled season, is a play-maker within the offensive zone, and made his NHL debut earlier this season.Firstly of coaching camp, Robertson practiced on the third-unit energy play with Dowling, Mattias Janmark, Stepehn Johns and Esa Lindell. The third unit received’t ever make it into the sport, but it surely offers a sign of how the Stars coaches and administration really feel about him and his offensive ceiling. For Robertson, it could not take a lot for him to get right into a recreation.Kiviranta (5-11, 180 kilos) and Caamano (6-3, 200 kilos) convey comparable profiles with completely different dimension. Each are speedy, pesky wingers that may kill penalties if wanted, and likewise convey vitality to the sport.Throughout camp, Caamano has impressed together with his capacity to carry on to pucks within the offensive zone and generally is a little bit of an agitator as effectively. Kiviranta was, for stretches of the season, Texas’ greatest ahead that might chip in offensively and nonetheless be accountable defensively.That brings us to Ty Dellandrea.Dellandrea, 20, has by no means performed in an NHL recreation however the group believes he’s turned a nook from September, when he was lower from the crew throughout coaching camp. In between, he received a gold medal with Canada on the World Juniors, and posted a career-high 32 objectives with Flint within the Ontario Hockey League.“I think Dellandrea has come in and really opened up a lot of eyes,” Nill stated. “He’s taken his game to another level, you can tell. We always talk about development and it takes time, and he’s gone from being a young hockey player to being a man now. His performance in camp showed it.”It’s not clear what sort of position Dellandrea can serve in Edmonton. He’s proven he can rating within the OHL, and he additionally profiles as a two-way ahead down the road. Throughout coaching camp, he primarily performed middle, and killed penalties alongside Caamano. He very effectively may be the ultimate Stars ahead to get right into a recreation, or he may experience the wave of coaching camp previous older gamers like Kiviranta and Caamano.If L’Esperance was included, he would have been an offensive choice for the Stars. He can play middle, however it could have been robust to discover a spot for him on the facility play. L’Esperance makes an affect across the web, and the Stars have already got loads of gamers (Benn, Pavelski, Faksa, Perry, Radulov) that may camp out in entrance of the web. He’s additionally extra of a pure scorer than a play-maker like Robertson.Gardner is a defensive-minded middle who was one of many first remembers of the season for the Stars, however he lacks velocity in comparison with Kiviranta and Caamano, and would have been the eighth middle on the depth chart.Defensemen (10)Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) makes a break down the ice previous St. Louis Blues left wing Sammy Blais (9) through the first interval of an NHL matchup between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at American Airways Heart in Dallas.(Ryan Michalesko / Employees Photographer)NHL regulars: Esa Lindell, John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak, Miro Heiskanen, Andrej Sekera, Stephen Johns.Subsequent males up: Taylor Fedun and Joel Hanley.On the roster: Gavin Bayreuther and Thomas Harley.Off the roster: Dillon Heatherington.This roster choice actually got here down to a few gamers (Bayreuther, Harley and Heatherington) for 2 spots.Harley is the title that jumps out as a result of, effectively, his play jumps out. He’s an 18-year-old that already has NHL-ready dimension at 6-Three and above-average skating to associate with superior offensive abilities. His highlights are fairly, and his coaching camp helped cement his spot on the roster.This comes after he was one of many closing 9 defensemen in coaching camp approach again in September.“He was close to making our team last year, and his game has improved,” Nill stated. “Coaches, ourselves, we thought he got better and better every day in camp. We like what he brings. We’re going to have 10 defensemen, where he fits in that pecking order, that will be decided by performance and injuries as we move forward.”Harley can quarterback an influence play, he’s completed so within the OHL, however can be approach down the depth chart. He additionally received’t be killing any penalties for the Stars. Harley is dynamic at 5 on 5, even given his defensive deficiencies.With Heatherington, it may have been argued that the Stars ought to have added him to the roster to fight the physicality of the playoffs, particularly given the scale of the Blues and the difficulty Dallas had with St. Louis within the second spherical final 12 months. With out Roman Polak, the Stars are down a bit of their physicality on the again finish, and Heatherington may have crammed it.Do the Stars really feel like they’re missing dimension on the again finish with Polak (and now with out the 6-4, 225-pound Heatherington)?“We’ve got Jamie Oleksiak and Stephen Johns,” Nill stated. “I know everybody goes back to last year against St. Louis and having troubles handling St. Louis on the cycle. People forget Jamie Oleksiak got hurt in the Nashville series, wasn’t available for us. And Stephen Johns was injured at that time. With those two guys on the back end, that gives us pretty good size. Esa Lindell is a heavy guy also. So we’re not worried about our size on the back end, not worried about the size of our team.”So long as the Stars had been assured of their dimension on the again finish, Bayreuther was a transparent alternative. He completed the AHL season on a tear, with 14 factors within the closing 16 video games, a stretch that impressed Stars executives after a gradual begin to his season. Bayreuther has by no means performed an NHL playoff recreation, however performed 19 video games in 2018-19.Discover extra Stars tales from The Dallas Morning Information right here.