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Stars recall five from Iowa

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars


FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled left wing Chris Conner, defenseman Dan Jancevski, left wing James Neal, right wing Konstantin Pushkarev and left wing Francis Wathier from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Conner, 24, appeared in 55 games with Iowa this season, notching 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points. He also skated in 22 games with Dallas this season, registering three goals and two assists for five points with six penalty minutes. In total, he has played in 33 career NHL games, posting four goals and four assists for eight points over the past two seasons.

Jancevski, 26, played in 70 total AHL games this season between Iowa and Norfolk, posting seven goals and 23 assists for 30 points with 88 penalty minutes. He also skated in four total NHL games this season between Dallas and Tampa Bay, going scoreless with two penalty minutes. Jancevski served as the Iowa Stars’ captain during their inaugural season in ’05-06, leading team defensemen in scoring with 38 points (9-29-38).

Neal, 20, appeared in his first professional season this year with Iowa, collecting 37 points (18-19-37) in 62 games with a +1 rating. He finished second on the team in power play goals (7) and third in goals. Dallas’ second round selection (33rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he posted 65 points (27-38-65) in 45 games during his final season of juniors in 2006-07. During the 2007 playoffs with Plymouth, he tallied 25 points (13-12-25) in 20 outings.

Pushkarev, 23, was acquired by Dallas via trade from Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2007, along with Mattias Norstrom and two Kings draft picks, in exchange for defenseman Jaroslav Modry, the rights to prospect Johan Fransson and three draft picks. In 49 games with Iowa this season, he notched 13 goal and 27 assists for 40 points with 52 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. Among Iowa team leaders, he finished second in assists and four in points.

Wathier, 23, missed the majority of this past season with Iowa due to injury. In 19 games with Iowa, he collected two goals and three assists for five points with 17 penalty minutes. Dallas’ sixth round selection (185th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft, he was a member of the 2007 Idaho Steelheads Kelly Cup championship squad. In seven post-season outings with Idaho, he recorded one goal and one assist for two points.

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