The Dallas Stars have tapped their first regular-season call-up of the still-young season, recalling Justin Dowling from the Texas Stars.
The Cedar Park stalwart will step in for fellow center Roope Hintz. The promising Finnish prospect has returned to the Stars’ AHL affiliate to get more TOI and work on his puck possession and play-making, as head coach Jim Montgomery told Stars Inside Edge writer Mark Stepneski in an article posted Saturday.
Dowling is one of those undrafted Stars who’s become a fan favorite with his hard work and ability to play up when he’s given greater responsibility. Currently, he’s tied for first on the T-Stars with four assists in seven games and tied for third with six points during the same stretch.
While not as potent an offensive threat as right wing Denis Gurianov (currently producing at a point-per-game pace) or center Joel L’Esperance (a startling eight points in the first seven games of 2018-19), Dowling brings two-way responsibility and some veteran gravitas.
Hopefully he’ll bring his scoring touch as well – a Dallas team that’s still trying to find its secondary-line mojo can use it.
Here’s the full statement from the Dallas Stars:
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled center Justin Dowling from the Texas Stars.
Dowling, 28, is tied for first on Texas with four assists in seven games this season, while he also shares third on the team with six points (2-4=6) so far in 2018-19. The center ranks fourth on the squad with 18 shots on goal so far this season. Dowling has registered two assists (0-2=2) in nine career NHL games, all with Dallas coming in the 2016-17 campaign. Dowling is the first player to be called up from Texas to the NHL this season.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Cochrane, Alta. was originally undrafted and signed as a free agent by Dallas on March 26, 2014.
The Texas Stars have also returned Nolan Gluchowski to the Idaho Steelheads on loan. The defenseman from St. Lawrence University began the season in Idaho and played in the clubs first three games to begin his professional career.