Friday, March 31, 2017

Dallas Stars Recall Gemel Smith, Justin Dowling, Leaving Texas with 11 Forwards Tonight

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars have recalled two forward from the Texas Stars ahead of tonight's game against the Rockford IceHogs. With injuries to both Curtis McKenzie and Ales Hemsky, Dallas called for Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling ot bolster their crew.

Texas is in a precarious spot now. They rolled the following crew in their last game at forward.

Werek-Dowling-McNeill
DeFazio-Smith-Ully
Gurianov-Morin-Stransky
Herbert-McMurtry-Mangene

They lose two centers and have no one on the bench to replace them with as Austin Fyten is out for at least another week. Reid Sturos was signed yesterday and will clearly figure into the lineup. Texas could also opt to convert another defenseman to a forward, since Bystrom and Stevenson were both scratched last game. I'd guess that's what happens unless anyone knows a good way to get from Boise to Rockford in any sort of decent amount of time.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forwards Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Smith, 22, shares fourth on Texas with 11 goals and is tied for fifth on the team with 30 points (11-19=30) in 50 AHL games this season. He also paces the club with three shorthanded goals and is tied for fourth with three power play goals. Smith also made his NHL debut this season as the forward registered three points (2-1=3) in 12 contests with Dallas.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Toronto, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Dowling, 26, has registered 28 points (8-20=28) in 49 AHL contests with Texas this season. The forward currently ranks second on Texas with two shorthanded goals in 2016-17. Dowling also made his NHL debut earlier this season, recording two assists (0-2=2) in five NHL games with Dallas.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Cochrane, Alta. went undrafted and was originally signed by Dallas as a free agent.

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