|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
Dallas's top draft pick from 2013 was bound to have a breakout game in Cedar Park. His excellent effort last night against Adirondack vaulted him into Player of the Week consideration and ultimately earned him the nod. Nichushkin, who had been held scoreless on this stint until last night, tallied three assists in a Texas victory.
"I feel good," said Nichushkin postgame. "My legs are good. I need a little more time maybe. I hope coach gives me a chance to play the next game in Dallas."
The Russian is now back in Dallas and is slated to play one of the Stars' two games this weekend against St, Louis and Nashville. Both are stiff competition for a player who hasn't skated in an NHL game in five months. This final game tune-up with offensive output Nichushkin was able to provide can give Dallas some confidence he's ready.