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Stars Recall James Neal

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Right Wing Crombeen Claimed Off Waivers By St. Louis Blues

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled left wing James Neal from the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League. The club also announced that the St. Louis Blues claimed right wing B.j. Crombeen off waivers from the Stars.

Neal, 21, has skated in 12 games with Dallas this season, recording two goals and two assists for four points with 10 penalty minutes. Neal became just the fifth player in Dallas Stars history to score a goal in his NHL debut when he accomplished that feat on Oct. 10 vs. Columbus. In five games with AHL Manitoba this season, Neal scored four goals and added an assist for five points.

The native of Whitby, Ontario, skated in 62 games with AHL Iowa last season, earning 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points, and placing third on the club in goals. During his final season of junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL), Neal collected 65 points (27 goals, 38 assists) in 45 regular season games, and 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 20 playoff games en route to the Memorial Cup tournament. Dallas’ second-round pick (No. 33 overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft, Neal participated in the 2007 OHL All-Star Game and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

Crombeen, 23, had skated in 15 games with Dallas this season and recording a goal and four assists for five points with 26 penalty minutes. He skated in eight games with the Stars last season, earning two helpers, and went scoreless in five Stanley Cup Playoff games with Dallas last spring. He earned the Most Improved Player award with the Iowa Stars (AHL) in 2007-08 after registering 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 65 games.

Dallas’ second-round pick (No. 54 overall) in the 2003 Draft, Crombeen split the 2006-07 season between Assat Pori in the Finnish Elite League and the Idaho Steelheads, where he won the Kelly Cup as ECHL champions. Crombeen also won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2003 World Under-18 Championships, and skated in the 2003 and 2004 OHL All-Star Games.

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