Team Also Assigns Reilly Smith To Texas
Today, the Dallas Stars made some roster moves by sending down Reilly Smith to the Texas Stars of the AHL and recalling Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussell. These moves all come a day after the Stars lost their fourth game in row to the Detroit Red Wings. My biggest theory to the move with Oleksiak is that he brings the size and grit that the Stars need in their line ups. I also believe that Joe Nieuwendyk is trying to shake up the roster and trying to get his team out of the current funk they are in. They have the next few days off until they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday at the American Airlines Center.
But for more on the moves by the Dallas Stars, here is the press release from the Dallas Stars website:
The Dallas Stars announced today that they have recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, and forward Antoine Roussel from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced that they have assigned Reilly Smith to Texas.
Oleksiak, 20, leads all Texas Stars defensemen in scoring with 23 points (3G-20A) in 43 contests this season. He recently played in the AHL All-Star Game in Providence, R.I. where he earned the game-winning assist and a plus-3 rating in the contest. The 6-foot-7, 254-pound defenseman was Dallas’ first-round selection (14th overall) in 2011. Should Oleksiak make his NHL debut while being called up, he will be one of seven players in the League listed at 6-foot-7 or taller.
Roussel, 23, ranks seventh on the Texas Stars in scoring with 19 points (8G-11A) and leads the team with 103 penalty minutes. The Roubaix, France native is looking to make his NHL debut and become the eighth French-born player to skate in an NHL contest. Roussel, was undrafted and signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2012.
Smith, 21, has gone scoreless in six games for Dallas this season and is still looking to earn his first career NHL point. Prior to being recalled by Dallas, Smith skated for the Texas Stars where he currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 25 points (11G-14A) in 37 contests this season. The Toronto, Ont., native was Dallas’ third-round selection (69th overall) in 2009.
The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes this Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm (TV: FOX Sports Southwest PLUS; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).