The Dallas Stars announced the names the prospects they have invited to training camp which opens today.
From their respective junior teams, the Stars have invited forwards Brett Ritchie and Radek Faksa. Ritchie was part of the Canada team that competed at the under-20 world junior championships. With 28 goals and 23 assists in 33 games, Ritchie has had a breakout year offensively. Faksa, Dallas' first round pick in the 2012 draft, is a center that many media pundits projected as NHL ready at the draft. The rules for this season shortened by the lockout state that junior prospects can play up to four games at the NHL level before they have to be either returned to their junior teams or stay on the NHL roster and burn a year of their entry level contract.
Not surprisingly, the Dallas Stars recalled Cristopher Nilstorp, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn and Cody Eakin from the Texas Stars. You can see analysis on what these prospects can do in camp here. Other Texas Stars players recalled include Reilly Smith and Antoine Roussel. Smith has had good chemistry with Eakin, and leads the team in scoring. Roussel, a free agent signing this summer to a two year, two way deal, is an agitator. He has been very good at throwing opposing players off balance and drawing them offsides. It's not a role that is distinctly filled by anyone on the current NHL roster, and is a hole that was left when Steve Ott was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Derek Roy early in the summer.
The biggest news from these announcements, however, is who is not included in the list. Tomas Vincour, who has seen extended time with the Dallas Stars before, is noticeably absent from the recalled forwards. Vincour has been inconsistent at the AHL level and his play this season has been fairly underwhelming. He has just three goals this season and ten assists, which puts him at 8th in scoring amongst forwards on the team. Stephen Meserve of Hundred Degree Hockey added:
Also note that Tomas Vincour was not called. Recent lackadaisical play had to factor into that. #txstars— HundredDegreeHockey (@100degreehockey) January 13, 2013
Training camp will be open to the public today, with the on-ice session slated for 2:15-3:15 PM CST. The full schedule for training camp this week can be found on the Dallas Stars website here.