Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Texas Stars Assign Tousignant, Austin Smith to Idaho
It's not quite officially released yet, but the AHL transaction wire lists and the Texas Stars confirm the transfers of forwards Mathieu Tousignant and Austin Smith to the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads this morning. Both forwards have only factored into a single game for the Stars this season. Each spent time of the fourth line, but apparently didn't make enough of an impression to demand a repeat performance.
As previously documented in this space, Austin Smith has been struggling in the one main department that was his calling card in the NCAA: goal scoring. Without a professional tally, Smith has to be feeling a little out of sorts. While heading to the ECHL is obviously not the plan that Smith envisioned for his first pro season, he will gain confidence in the pro game there and hopefully come back to Texas in due time with his scoring ways in tow.
As to Tousignant, he really seemed to be having quite a camp. He was agitating as usual and involved in the play as well. However, after one game in San Antonio, which most Stars fans were unable to see, he has not returned to the lineup. Tousignant spent time in Boise in 2009-10, scoring six goals and eleven assists in twenty games. He had one goal and two assists in thirteen playoff games as well.