Player Profile: Logan Stankoven

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“Who is Logan Stankoven?” you ask.

Logan Stankoven is a Dallas Stars prospect center and right winger. Stankoven was drafted 47th overall in the second round by the Dallas Stars in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old forward was born on February 26, 2003, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Stankoven has played for the Texas Stars since the 2023-24 AHL season began. He previously played for the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, where he recorded 260 points (115 goals and 145 assists) in 179 regular season games and 63 points (28 goals and 35 assists) in 27 postseason games over five seasons between 2018 and 2023. In 2023, Stankoven earned the Ed Chenoweth Trophy as the leading scorer in the WHL postseason with nine points despite playing just four playoff games.

Stankoven has represented his native Canada four times in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. The Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, native was a member of the Canadian men’s national under-18 team in 2021 and a back-to-back member of Team Canada for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 2022 and 2023. And, in 2023, Stankoven’s forward line with Connor Bedard and Joshua Roy was essentially the backbone of the global tournament as all three players were named Team Canada’s best players after defeating Team USA with four of the six goals total. Team Canada went on to win their second consecutive gold medal.

Stankoven likes to play golf. But, contrary to popular belief, Stankoven isn’t an in-season golfer in Texas, despite the Lone Star State’s temperature benefits in December and January.

In an interview with TheAHL.com, Stankoven said: “I wouldn’t say I’m superstitious, but I try to focus on hockey when it’s hockey season.”

As you can see, Stankoven is focused, and his focus can take him to the next level, also known as the NHL. Also, Stankoven’s patience, which he has been practicing for a while, is a part of his in-game mantra. Patience could help him have a great game where he contributes in all three zones.

In 2020, Stankoven went one-on-one with the CHL in a YouTube video.

When asked about his approach to the pressure of his NHL Draft season, Stankoven responded: “My approach doesn’t change at all this upcoming season. I just want to try and get better each and every day, and with this being my draft year, there’s definitely no lack of motivation for myself.”

And, when asked which NHL player he models his game after, Stankoven explained: “An NHL player I’d like to model my game after is a guy like Brayden Point. His vision and speed is something that I really admire, and hopefully, I can implement that in my game as well.”

Stankoven might be on the short side as he stands at 5’8″ and weighs 170 lbs, but he’s arguably the Dallas Stars’ most exciting prospect. Stankoven’s fast, north-south play helps him shine, including his puck-carrying and handling skills. I don’t know if he’ll be the Stars’ next captain, but I’d like to see him get called up soon. He seems like an all-around good guy on- and off the ice.

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Ana Kieu is a journalist by trade. Her love for sports shows in her writing, editing, and podcasting work. She writes about the NHL for Inside The Rink.

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