Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Texas Inks AHL Contract with RW Nick Layton

In addition to announcing the Dallas Stars signing of Ray Sawada today, the Texas Stars announced the signing of right winger Nick Layton to an AHL standard player contract.

Layton's name might be familiar to those who closely followed the Allen Americans' playoff run, as he scored 7 goals and added 10 assists in 20 games for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The Mudbugs defeated the Americans en route to the Ray Miron Cup as CHL champions last season. Layton has played in the QMJHL and for the University of New Brunswick. In my estimation, with the current logjam at forward in Texas, the Stars will be sending Layton for development in Boise or Allen. Given his history in the CHL, Allen would make more sense for the young winger.

The Stars are surely looking to add more AHL only players but are definitely running short on roster spots with quality Dallas-signed skaters joining the club. I will be running down the entire roster, as I see it, more in the next week or so. For now, I would keep an eye out for a signing by Cody Chupp, who was a quality contributor to the team last season, and Stephen Schultz, who joined the team on an ATO and scored an invite to Stars Development Camp in Dallas. I would not expect Mike Embach, the remaining post-season ATO, to return to the club this season. He was a healthy scratch most nights and did not make an impact when on the ice.

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