As expected, the Dallas Stars have assigned defenseman Philip Larsen back to the AHL after he was recalled for Stephane Robidas' one-game suspension. Larsen had just over 19 minutes of ice time, getting an assist on Brandon Segal's goal yet finishing up minus-1. Unfortunately the lasting image of Larsen from the game may be him sticking his skate out to deflect a pass, sending the puck into his own net and knocking Kari Lehtonen out of the game. He also was one of the defensemen that allowed the rush down the ice as part of the nine-second backbreaking sequence in the second period.
Yet, overall, you had to be impressed with his poise as a young defenseman. He finished with three shots on goal (five total) and showed great instincts both on offense and getting back on defense. He has good vision with the puck, makes confident and accurate passes and is a nifty defender with good size and a long reach. He certainly seems to have to tools to excel in the system the Dallas Stars are currently building. He's still green, but it's going to be excited to see if he'll be able to reach the potential he's flashed in limited time in the NHL.
Press release after the jump:
Frisco, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Philip Larsen back to the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Larsen, 20, skated for Dallas last night recording one assist. He has played in six games for the Texas Stars so far this season, collecting two assists. Last season he appeared in two games for Dallas and tallied one assist. Larsen spent the majority of 2009-10 with Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elite League where he dressed in 42 games, posting 10 points (1g, 9a) and 20 penalty minutes.
The Dallas Stars will face the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow (7:00 pm, TV: TXA 21, Radio: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket).