The Texas Stars had a good week. They went 3-0-0 and improved their position in the AHL’s Western Conference playoff race. The Stars (28-18-14) currently sit in seventh place in the West, one point out of sixth place and three points ahead of ninth-place Adirondack.
The Stars also saw the debuts of two of Dallas’ top prospects over the past week. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Shore, Bystrom make Texas debuts
Center Devin Shore and defenseman Ludwig Bystrom – both Dallas second-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft – made their AHL debuts for Texas over the past week.
Shore, the 61st overall pick in 2012, joined Texas on an amateur tryout contract after wrapping up his career at the University of Maine and signing an entry-level deal with Dallas. He played three games for Texas last week. Shore didn’t register any points, but he made an impression.
“He’s a player. He’s going to be a player. He is going to be a special player,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. “You can see he’s got great hockey IQ. He just looks like a player. Down the stretch, he’s going to get some quality ice time.”
Dallas assigned Bystrom to Texas after he wrapped up his season with Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League. Bystrom, the 43rd overall pick in 2012, arrived in Cedar Park Saturday night and played in Sunday’s game against Milwaukee, registering no points and a plus-two rating. Laxdal is familiar with Bystrom, who played under the Texas coach at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan in September.
“He moves the puck well,” Laxdal told media after Sunday’s game. “For a guy that flew in last night and hadn’t skated for three or four days, he didn’t look tired. We ran him hard in the third period to get some experience, played all the young guys hard to get some more experience. He didn’t look out of place. He snapped a couple passes; he moved the puck hard. It creates that healthy competition within your group. If we can do that every night, then when guys get in the lineup they are going to have to perform to stay in.”
Wednesday March 11: Texas 6, Lake Erie 4
Six different Texas players scored goals as the Stars snapped a four-game winless streak with a 6-4 win over Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center. Defenseman Julius Honka, Travis Morin, Scott Glennie and Derek Hulak all had one goal and one assist in the game. Derek Meech and Kevin Henderson also scored. Jussi Rynnas stopped 36 shots.
Saturday March 14: Texas 4, Milwaukee 3
The Stars scored three times on the power play in defeating Milwaukee 4-3 at Cedar Park Center for their second straight win. Greg Rallo had one goal and two assists, Travis Morin registered one goal and one assist, and Scott Glennie chipped in a goal as well. Jussi Rynnas stopped 29 of 32 shots.
Sunday March 15: Texas 6, Milwaukee 2
The Stars made it three straight wins and a sweep of their weekend series with Milwaukee, defeating the Admirals 6-2 at Cedar Park Center. Brendan Ranford scored two goals, and Scott Valentine, Kevin Henderson, Scott Glennie and Derek Hulak also scored. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 36 of 38 shots.
The week ahead
Tuesday March 17, Lake Erie at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday March 19, Texas at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday March 21, Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday March 22, Texas at Rockford, 4:00 p.m.
*Texas is 8-2-3 in its past 13 games.
*Scott Glennie has scored a goal in three straight games and six of his past eight games.
*Derek Hulak has scored goals in four straight games.
*Hulak is tied for sixth in rookie scoring with 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 55 games.
Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 3.03 (7th)
Goals against: 2.92 (18th)
Shots for: 31.5 (9th)
Shots against: 31.6 (24th)
Power play: 19.7 (4th)
Penalty kill: 86.4 (6th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Derek Hulak – Travis Morin – Greg Rallo
Brendan Ranford – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Taylor Peters – Devin Shore – Matt Mangene
Derek Meech – Maxime Fortunus
Cameron Gaunce – Matt Mangene/Ludwig Bystrom
Scott Valentine – William Wrenn
3/16: D Jamie Oleksiak assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
3/16: F Eric Faille released from PTO
3/14: D Ludwig Bystrom assigned to Texas (AHL) from Farjestad (SHL)
3/12: F Ludwig Karlsson assigned from Idaho (ECHL) to Missouri (ECHL)
3/12: D Troy Vance assigned from Idaho (ECHL) to Missouri (ECHL)
3/10: C Devin Shore signed to ATO
The Idaho Steelheads continue to roll in the ECHL. The Steelheads went 3-1-0 over the past week to improve to 11-1-1 over their past 13 games. Idaho now leads the ECHL in points with 87 (41-17-5).
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This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.