Sunday, January 13, 2013

Stars Make Official Callups, Unexpected Player Among Them

Antoine Roussel (Credit: Josh Rasmussen/Texas Stars)

The Dallas Stars officially announced their callups today for training camp. In total, six players were recalled from the Texas Stars, but they were not the six you would expect. Dallas recalled Cristopher Nilstorp, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, Cody Eakin, Reilly Smith, and Antoine Roussel.

Eakin, Dillon and Benn were known to be going to camp since a week ago. Discussion through the week made it obvious that Nilstorp was going. Reilly Smith is an obvious choice given the stretch he has had over the last two months. The surprise here is the inclusion of Antoine Roussel and the exclusion of Tomas Vincour. It's surprising at first, at least, but if you look at the numbers, perhaps it isn't.

Vincour started the season on the first line with Eakin and Reilly Smith but was slowly demoted down the ranks until he was playing third line minutes. His production dropped and he wasn't showing the same play that earned him callups last year. Vincour can be a dominate player at the AHL level, if he wants to be. Perhaps some sense of 'I'm going up anyway when this lockout is over.' got the best of his motivation.

Meanwhile Antoine Roussel has been outpacing expectations. The third year forward has already set career highs for goals (7) and assists (8) while also racking up 101 PIMs. Roussel has been able to effectively draw calls for the Stars and consistently find the scoresheet. He is a player in the mold of Steve Ott but at a lower price tag for now.

This means all six players will be unavailable for today's game against the Barons.

6 comments:

  1. I've wondered about Vincour. He seemed unhappy all the time and his play was lackluster. Maybe this will be his wake-up call and he'll step it up from here on out.

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  2. "Discussion through the week made it obvious that Nilstorp was going."
    Bummer,sorta, he was the catalyst that brought this team into their groove, IMO. Of course, the team will now be gutted and it's anyone's game from here. Congrats to the players going to the big dance. Cest la vie for the rest of us.

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  3. What does this mean for Bachman up in Dallas?

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    1. from what I have heard he is going to play a few games in Austin. Basically swapping out a guy in gameshape

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  4. That is not true. Campbell will be playing with ECHL goaltender and former Texas Star goalie Tyler Beskowany.

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    1. Seems to be the case. Bachman was assigned to Texas today.

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