The Stars announced today that Jordie Benn has been recalled from the AHL. Benn, known to most Stars fans as Jamie Benn’s older brother, has seen a dramatic improvement in his game this year down in Austin playing for the Texas Stars. Two years ago, Benn was playing in the CHL, for the Allen Americans. Last year, he earned a spot on the Texas Stars roster, and over 60 games played, scored 2 goals and 12 points. This season, Benn has produced 7 goals and 15 points in just 31 games played. This move could just be a precaution, given the extent of Philip Larsen’s injury is not known, but even if Benn never suits up for a game, this move proves just how drastically his game has improved over the last couple years. His seven goals makes him a co-leader in goals scored by a defenseman in the entire AHL, and his 15 points makes him a co-leader for points scored by a defenseman with the Texas Stars, and his defensive play is obviously seen as NHL-ready. Jamie Benn and Jordie Benn playing together in Dallas will make a nice story, and will be hugely popular with fans, and we wish Jordie good luck in the NHL if he gets a shot to play, and if not, we’re sure he’ll continue to tear it up in the AHL waiting for his next opportunity.
Full press release can be found here.