Mar 31, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Reilly Smith (18) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Dallas 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Prospect Update: Ritchie On Tear, Robinson gets Rookie Honors And More

While the Dallas Stars have been locked out since September and waiting to see if their season will resume or not, their prospects have been busy showing off their talents. So here are some updated statistics on their prospects that are either in the major juniors, AHL and ECHL.

Niagara IceDogs Right Wing Brett Ritchie, who was drafted 44th overall in the 2nd round of the 2011 entry draft, had a great November with 29 points (19 goals and 10 assists) in 13 games and now has 47 points (24 goals and 23 assists) in 30 games. He is also making a strong case for himself to earn a roster spot for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Russia.

Idaho Steelheads Goaltender Josh Robinson, who signed a two way contract between the ECHL and AHL this summer, was named Reebok rookie goaltender of the month for November. In the six games, Robinson went 6-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average, helping his team to an 8-3-1 in November. Here’s the press release about Robinson getting the ECHL honors:

PRINCETON, N.J. – Idaho Steelheads goaltender Josh Robinson is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for November

The 23-year-old went 6-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a save percentage of .928 in six appearances during the month, helping the Steelheads to an 8-3-1 record in November.

A native of Frankenmuth, Mich., Robinson made at least 29 saves in each of his six appearances in November, and ended the month with 35 or more saves in each of his last three starts – a career-high 44 saves in a 6-3 win against Las Vegas on Nov. 23, 36 saves in a 4-3 victory over Colorado on Nov. 28 and 35 saves in a 4-2 win against Colorado on Nov. 30.

Under contract to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, Robinson is third in the ECHL with a .930 save percentage, is tied for third with nine wins and is ninth with a 2.46 goals-against average. He was named the Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Oct. 21 after going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .948 in two appearances.

Robinson spent the previous four seasons at Michigan Tech University. As a senior, he won 15 games, which was nine more wins than he had in his first three seasons combined, and were the most wins in a season for a Michigan Tech goaltender since 1992-93.

Robinson’s teammate Austin Smith, who was sent down to the Idaho Steelheads on October 2, had 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 3 games last week. Smith has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games with the Steelheads.

Kitchener Ranger forward, Radek Faksa, who was drafted 13th overall in the 2012 entry draft, scored the shootout winner against the Plymouth Whalers as his team won 5-4 on December 1st, was invited to the training camp for Team Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship.  In the 27 games he has played so far, he has 25 points (7 goals and 18 assists.)

Texas Stars forward Reilly Smith, who was drafted 69th overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 Entry draft, has 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) in 20 games. In the last four games, he has scored three goals. His recent goal was against the Grand Rapid Griffins where he scored the tying goal in the Texas Stars’ 3-1 victory.

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