Friday, September 24, 2010

Training Camp Roster Split, Expected Lineup for Tonight's Game

The Dallas Stars decided that they needed to get serious with "their guys" in training camp a few days ago and split the group into the NHL and AHL players.

Here is the list of "NHL players" and the lines they are working with:

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Brunnstrom-Benn-Ott
Sutherby-Petersen-Segal
Barch-Wandell-Cheechoo

Grossman-Robidas
Daley-Niskanen
Skrastins-Blindenbacher
Fistric-Woywitka

Here is the list of "AHL players" and the lines they are working with:

Wathier-Morin-Rallo
McCulloch-Gagnon-Vincour
Tousignant-Roman-Sawada
Gazdic-King-Sceviour
M. Neal-Glennie-Backman
Tassone

Lukowich-Larsen
Jordie Benn-Fortunus
Ludwig-Coyle
Monast

Any surprises there? I don't really think so. However, from what Gagnon has been showing in this training camp, he is clearly the #1 callup from the AHL for Dallas if he doesn't make the team outright. Gagnon played a lot as a scoring forward this past year but also has the ability to be a defensive grinding forward as well. This multiple personality on the ice combined with his right shot (something the Stars lack) and faceoff win percentage (something the Stars need to improve) make him a very attractive player to jump right into the lineup.

The Stars will play the Colorado Avalanche tonight in their second preseason game. So far the only player to be sent down or cut is Jack Campbell, who was sent to his junior team following Tuesday night's game to start their season. Campbell won his debut for the Spitfires against the Plymouth Whalers 5-4.

Tonight's game lineup is peppered with Texas Stars players and prospects. Gagnon, Gazdic, Roman, Sceviour, Blindenbacher and Fortunus are expected to suit up for Dallas this evening. Here is the full lineup:

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Brunnstrom-Benn-Ott
Cheechoo-Gagnon-Segal
Gazdic-Roman-Sceviour

Grossman-Robidas
Skrastins-Blindenbacher
Woywitka-Fortunus

Lehtonen

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News expressed some curiousity in Luke Gazdic, who will be playing tonight:
"And I'm kind of curious to see Luke Gazdic. I think he's the future enforcer of this team, and we really haven't seen him that much."
Glad to see someone from DFW is taking note of the Austin area's favorite player.

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