Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Brunnstrom, Fortunus sent down to AHL

Dallas Stars announce this afternoon LW Fabian Brunnstrom and D Maxime Fortunus have both been sent down to the AHL.

Brunnstrom, who is with the Texas Stars on a conditioning assignment after being scratched for several games, is expected to rejoin the Dallas Stars when they battle the Montreal Canadiens in Canada on the 14th. Brunnstrom has been down to the AHL before this season but I personally remained unimpressed with his efforts. For such a touted prospect, he was not impressive and really played without energy after being sent down. Hopefully he will be better on this stint, but it remains to be seen.

Defenseman Maxime Fortunus has also been reassigned to the Texas Stars. This likely indicates that Mark Fistric will play tomorrow for Dallas. Fortunus played in five games for the Dallas Stars. Fortunus did not register any points in the NHL, but did serve two penalty minutes. One bright spot for Fortunus was the Detroit game, where his defensive partner, Karlis Skrastins, quite the defensive defenseman, scored 2 goals. Having Fortunus back in Austin will help to shore up a blue line that has been allowing too many chances. Hopefully success in the NHL will bring up his compete level and we'll really see some great stuff from him in the coming weeks.

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