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Stars Sign Michael Mersch and Joel Hanley To Contracts

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Both players were key contributors in the AHL during the 2017-2018 season with their respective teams.

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Mersch and Hanley compete at the boards during rookie camp.

The Dallas Stars announced today that they have signed two players from the AHL to their roster. Left wing Michael Mersch has signed a two-year, two-way contract, and defenseman Joel Hanley has signed a one-year, two-way contract.

Mersch played with the Ontario Reign of the AHL during the 2017-2018 season and recorded a career high with 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists) through 65 games. He tied for second place on the team in assists (28) and paced the team for goals (21), specifically power play goals (10 total). By the end of the season, Mersch was ranked 14th in the AHL for game-winning goals (five) and he led his team in GWG. He appeared in four playoff games for the Reign during their 2018 Calder Cup run and notched one goal and two assists for three total points in four games.

Mersch appeared in 17 games during the 2015-2016 season with the Los Angeles Kings. He recorded one goal, two assists, 23 shots, and a plus/minus rating of +1. He was selected 110th overall in the fourth round by the Kings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He also attended the University of Wisconsin and had 120 points (67 goals, 53 points) in 157 games.

You can read more about his career statistics and experience at the Stars’ press release here.

In addition to signing Mersch, the Stars also inked defenseman Joel Hanley to a one-year, two-way contract.

Hanley appeared in five games for the Arizona Coyotes during the 2017-2018 season and had one hit, two shots on goal, and four blocked shots. He spent the rest of the season with the Tucson Roadrunners in the AHL. Hanley fared better for points and percentages with the Roadrunners, as he registered two goals and 18 assists for 20 total points through 52 games. By the end of the regular season, he was tied at fifth in the AHL with a plus/minus of +30. Among Tucson defensemen, he was ranked third in assists and points and also appeared in nine playoff games for the team during their 2018 Calder Cup run. He notched four assists and finished the campaign with a plus/minus rating of +2.

In addition to playing for the Coyotes during the most recent season, Hanley also played for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. Hanley was originally undrafted, but signed with Montreal as a free agent in 2015. He had six assists in 10 games during the 2015-2016 season and zero total points during the 2016-2017 season. Hanley also made it to the Calder Cup playoffs three times and earned five assists in 18 postseason appearances.

You can read more about his career statistics and experience at the Stars’ press release here.