If Dmitry Sinitsyn is still rusty and figuring out the NCAA game, the Stars may have found a gem very late in the NHL draft. The player I saw at the Boston University - Umass Lowell didn't look like a freshman who still hasn't adjusted and finds himself out of the rotation on some nights. Instead, he was cool, calm and collected and made some expert decisions with the puck.

Even though he found himself on the bench for most of the second half as penalties disrupted the line rotations, Sinitsyn was focused and ready to go whenever called upon. He doesn't have any jitters and it's so obvious that he trusts himself with the puck on his stick.

Many young defenders, especially ones who come in playing a bottom line role sacrifice creativity for consistency. Sinitsyn doesn't have to; on multiple occasions when most first year players and even a lot of vets would have looked to flick the puck off the glass and out of the zone, Sinitsyn instead decided to keep the puck, button hook, and look for a new opening.

While at first I was worried with this, he quickly got rid of any of those doubts as I never once saw him commit a turnover in a non-offensive situation. He was impeccable in his zone and the neutral zone and had the ability to spring his forwards with great passes along the boards. One of the Umass-Lowell Riverhawks' best scoring chances in the first period came off a great D-zone to offensive blue line saucer pass by Sinitsyn where he found a winger sprinting down the off wing.