Sunday, January 13, 2013
Stars Make Official Callups, Unexpected Player Among Them
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.