CEDAR PARK, Texas — Roope Hintz could have struggled in the AHL this season and it would have been understandable.
The 20-year-old is playing his first full professional season in North America. The prospect tournament in Traverse City were his first games on a smaller ice surface since 2013, and there was a real curiosity amongst the Stars management group on what type of player Hintz would actually be when he joined the Texas Stars.
Everyone was prepared to grade Hintz’ rookie season on a curve.
Instead he’s smashed expectations.
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