It’s been a tough year for Dallas, so some welcome news on Wednesday — the club will soon announce it’s signed St. Lawrence blueliner Gavin Bayreuther to an entry-level deal.
Bayreuther, 22, just wrapped his senior season at SLU, leading the team with 29 points in 30 games. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported his decision came down to either Dallas or Buffalo and, in the end, the Stars won out.
Undrafted out of the USHL, Bayreuther spent four years with the Saints and matured into one of the top collegiate free agents available. He’s expected to sign an amateur tryout with Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas, and finish out the year there.
Looking ahead, this is a nice coup for Stars GM Jim Nill. Despite everything that’s gone wrong this year, the organization has to be pleased about adding another prospect to a young blueline group that includes the likes of Julius Honka, Ludwig Bystrom, Esa Lindell, Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns and John Klingberg.
All of them are 24 or younger.