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Dallas Stars Recall Matt Fraser; Jake Dowell Placed on IR

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The Dallas Stars have announced that forward Matt Fraser has been recalled from the Texas Stars, with Jake Dowell being placed on Injured Reserve with an upper body injury suffered last night in Montreal.

Dowell had been playing relatively well as of late, centering the fourth line and providing a surge of energy that the Stars have desperately needed in recent games. Dowell, along with Adam Burish, had been one of the more consistent and effective players for the Stars and found some offensive production recently as well.

With Dowell out for at least he next week, Matt Fraser will join the team in Chicago. Fraser is fourth in the AHL with 26 goals in 50 games. In the month of February, Fraser has five goals and seven points, with an even plus/minus in eight games. The defensive issues that plagued the AHL rookie to start the season have evened out a bit and hopefully he'll get more than the four minutes of ice time he enjoyed in his NHL debut just before the All-Star break.

Full press release after the jump.

Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed center Jake Dowell on injured reserve with an upper body injury retroactive to Feb. 21 and recalled forward Matt Fraser from the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Dowell is expected to miss approximately a week.

Dowell, 26, has skated in 43 games for Dallas this season, notching one goal and four assists. The 6-0, 198-pound center from Eau Claire, WI recorded assists in two of his last four games including one assist against Montreal on Tuesday night.

Fraser, 21, appeared in his first career NHL game earlier this season against Anaheim on Jan. 24. In 50 games for Texas this season, Fraser ranks second on the team in scoring with 42 points (26 goals, 16 assists). He leads the club with 26 goals and ranks fourth overall in goal scoring in the AHL. The 6-2, 207-pound forward was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Dallas on Nov. 17, 2010.

The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. CT at United Center (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio:1310 The Ticket).