The Dallas Stars have recalled winger Brett Ritchie from the AHL this morning, while placing winger Travis Moen on injured reserve. Ritchie hasn't played for Dallas since before the All-Stars break, when he suffered an undisclosed injury and missed three games.
The rookie was returned to the AHL after both Erik Cole and Patrick Eaves were healthy, but with Moen now injured the Stars are without an extra forward at the NHL level.
With how well Eaves is playing on the top line, the guess is that Ritchie and Colton Sceviour will rotate on the fourth line for now.
Here's the press release:
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled right wing Brett Ritchie from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Ritchie, 21, has posted four points (3-1=4) and a +8 plus/minus rating in eight NHL games with Dallas this season. He scored his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game on his first shot on Dec. 31, 2014 vs. the Arizona Coyotes. In 23 games with Texas, he has posted 18 points (11-7=18) and a team-leading +10 plus/minus rating.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Orangeville, Ontario was selected by Dallas in the second round (44th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
In addition, forward Travis Moen was placed on Injured Reserve (lower body injury) retroactive to Jan. 31.