After a quiet time leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline the Dallas Stars have made some roster moves. After assigning both Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars to ensure eligibility in the AHL playoffs they were recalled to Dallas. In bigger news they also announced the return of defenseman, Patrik Nemeth.
Nemeth last played in the NHL on the 18th October against the Philadelphia Flyers. He missed several months recovering from a severe laceration to his arm after 26 seconds of ice time. Nemeth was expected to be out for the entire season but his recovery progressed faster than expected.
He was assigned to the Texas Stars just under two weeks ago in order to get game fit before he'd make his eventual return to the Dallas Stars. Nemeth had played five games with the Texas Stars in the AHL and he finished with a single assist through those five games and with a -5 rating.
With David Schlemko being claimed off waivers, Nemeth's return will bring the Dallas Stars to seven defensemen. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see who will be the healthy scratch when the Stars face the New York Islanders.
Here is the press release from the Dallas Stars:
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Nemeth, 23, has appeared in five games with Texas, recording one assist and five shots on goal. The Stockholm, Sweden native began the season with Dallas where he earned a +1 plus/minus rating and three shots on goal in five games before suffering an arm laceration on Oct. 18, 2014 against Philadelphia. Nemeth missed 52 games due to the injury.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defenseman was selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.