Well, since Severin Blindenbacher is healing his concussion from a car accident earlier last week, the Stars have decided to bring up Philip Larsen to the big club for tomorrow night's game against the Los Angeles Kings. Larsen has tallied two assists so far in Cedar Park.
What this does is basically set the call-up priority list for everyone to see. As we expected, players like Maxime Fortunus will take a backseat this year as far as call-ups go, in favor of the more highly touted prospect in Larsen. Larsen played in two games last season for Dallas, notching one assist and a plus/minus rating of +1. Obviously, Larsen will likely get sent back down as soon as Stephane Robidas is able to play again.
Press release after the jump...
FRISCO, Tex. -- The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Philip Larsen from the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Defenseman Stephane Robidas has received an automatic one-game suspension from the NHL and will miss Thursday's home game vs. Los Angeles. Robidas was assessed his second game misconduct within 41 games in the boarding/checking from behind category on Tuesday night vs. Anaheim (the other coming on March 16 vs. San Jose). By NHL rule, Robidas is subject to the automatic one-game suspension. He is eligible to return to action for Saturday's game vs. Buffalo.
Larsen, 20, has skated in six games for Texas so far this season, collecting two assists. Last season he appeared in two games for Dallas and recorded one assist. Larsen spent the majority of 2009-10 with Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elite League where he played 42 games, posting 10 points (1g, 9a) and 20 penalty minutes. He was Dallas' fifth round selection (149th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Dallas Stars will face the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow (7:30 pm, TV: FOX Sports Southwest, Radio: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket).