|Matt Fraser after scoring his first AHL goal in 2011. (Credit: Texas Stars)|
With the injury to Trevor Daley in last night's game, a defense recall was imminent. The only question was whom. Jordie Benn gets the call here. To me, it's a coin flip between Oleksiak and Benn. Both have made some mistakes in their NHL games this season. However, the Stars would probably like to keep the 6'7" rookie in the minors getting massively important minutes than put him on the third pairing in Dallas.
The big news in this callup, I think, is Matt Fraser's callup. This is his chance to blow away the Dallas organization with his skill and show them how much his game has matured this season. It's not something that we've mentioned a lot in this space, and that's my mistake. After getting much criticism for his defensive game last year, he's #1 among Stars forwards in plus-minus this year at plus-12. He has 24 goals and 12 of them are on the power play. Just let that sink in for a second. The team's leading scorer is plus-12 just a season removed from being minus-13 and hasn't let that defensive shift change his offensive game. That's maturity.
For the record, this isn't Fraser's first NHL stint. However, he played single digit minutes in his one and only game.
Finally, Tomas Vincour returns to Cedar Park as his yo-yo ride continues. He was steadily in the lineup but apparently did not show enough to stick around. New to Stars fans is Tom Wandell. Wandell fits very much into the always a healthy scratch category. It just so happens that Dallas has enough going for it in the youth movement (in terms of able bodies) to make Wandell an AHL player, at least for a two week conditioning stint.
Additionally, earlier today Jace Coyle was recalled from the Idaho Steelheads after having 5-5-10 in the month of February. His recall comes as Texas lost Tyler Sloan and Patrik Nemeth to injury this weekend. At this time, nothing further is known on the condition of either defenseman or Travis Morin and Alex Chiasson, also injured.