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Denis Gurianov Re-Assigned to Texas Stars; Jamie Benn “Day To Day”

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A good start, but an AHL stint may be needed to get his confidence back.

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This morning, the Dallas Stars re-assigned forward Denis Gurianov to their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

Over the last two games of the Stars current homestand, Gurianov averaged just over seven minutes of ice time and under ten shifts per game. In 11 games this year, he has scored one goal with two assists. While at Texas, he has played 23 games, registering 9 goals and 19 assists.

Gurianov played in all nine games since his most recent call-up in mid-December, including time on the first line. The Stars organization appears to value Gurianov’s abilities as a potential top six forward, so the assignment to Texas will allow him to get top minutes instead of languishing in a bottom six role with the NHL team.

The press release:

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned right wing Denis Gurianov to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Gurianov, 21, has recorded three points (1-2=3) and averaged 11:29 of ice time in 11 NHL games with Dallas this season. The winger has also appeared in 23 AHL contests with Texas so far in 2018-19, logging 28 points (9-19=28). Gurianov ranks third on the team with 19 assists and is tied for third with 28 points.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Togliatti, Russia was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (12th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Jamie Benn “Day To Day”

Jamie Benn was not at practice today after taking this hit from Miles Wood last night:

The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf reported that head coach Jim Montgomery listed the Stars captain as “day to day” with the ever-illuminating upper-body injury. It was also confirmed that he is not in concussion protocols right now. He was not ruled out for the game tomorrow. Julius Honka, who also exited the game early yesterday due to an upper-body injury, was present on the ice at today’s practice.