Stars’ Game 7 loss to Calgary still a learning experience, even for new coach Pete DeBoer

CEDAR PARK, Texas — Just as the Stars players learned from Game 7 against Calgary in the spring, so did their new coach.

“We were using it as an exercise as how we would run through a postgame evaluation for the next day,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “We used Game 7 to do that. But it was interesting to use, too, after talking through our systems package, on some of the things we would want to implement that maybe we saw in Game 7 that we would want to change.”

DeBoer said he mostly watched clips and shifts of players instead of complete games, but Game 7 was one that he watched all the way through, also noting “there were some great individual performances that night from some guys.”

A surprise from the blue line

The highlight of Friday’s practice sessions came in the second group, when defenseman Jani Hakanpää toe-dragged to the slot before sniping a shot past Anton Khudobin. The play drew oohs and ahs from his teammates on the ice, surprised at the moves from a player with seven career goals.

“He says he was taking after me, I don’t know,” partner Thomas Harley joked.

DeBoer: “He looked like he scores 50 of them a year, after he didn’t even celebrate, I don’t think.”

Bragging rights

If Jake Oettinger’s golf game is an indication of how his season will go, the Stars are in good hands.

When Tyler Seguin was asked about Oettinger’s play on the ice, he quipped “He shot a 71 yesterday. He’s looking good.” Oettinger played with Seguin and Joe Pavelski, who had the connection to play at Austin Country Club.

“I was pretty lucky,” Oettinger said. “It was cool to play Austin Country Club. I’ve really wanted to play there, and take some money off him and Pavs is always an extra bonus. … He kind of has a connection everywhere, so I try to hang around him as much as I can.”

What did Seguin shoot?

“Higher,” he said with a smile.

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