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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Analyzing The Justin Dowling Call-Up

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The Dallas Stars are set to put Justin Dowling in the lineup tonight, and already fans are asking why Denis Gurianov wasn’t called up instead.

Sean Shapiro has read your tweets, so he’s applied his work ethic to examining what the Stars need, and what they expect, with Dowling taking the bottom-six spot Roope Hintz won out of camp:

“If Gurianov makes the roster he should buy (Justin) Dowling a nice gift, he’s made him so much better in the games I’ve watched,” the scout said. “(Dowling) has been the one that’s made it easy for Gurianov to make an impact, in what I’ve seen.”

Stars coach Jim Montgomery also had praise for Dowling during training camp. He called the forward the surprise of camp. Montgomery really liked Dowling’s game and how he created space that other forwards could build off.

He also thinks the people who wanted Denis the Menace are not wrong, necessarily:

Gurianov getting the call would have made sense, and it would have undoubtedly created more buzz than backlash on Twitter. But to those who have paid close attention, Dowling fits what Jim Montgomery is looking for at this point, even if he’s just a stop-gap for the time being.

Montgomery wants more creativity on his team and right now this team severely lacks the confidence to play with creativity after the top line and John Klingberg. This is an area where Dowling has made his living in the AHL — he opens and creates space for the Texas Stars’ other forwards, including Gurianov, and is one of the better passers in the league.

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