Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Texas Stars Sign Chris Martenet, Sheldon Dries to ATOs

Two more ATOs joined the Texas Stars today, one confirmed and one just reported by the player's college team. Earlier today, Western Michigan reported that captain Sheldon Dries, a 5'9, 186 pound forward, had been signed by the Texas Stars on an ATO. Dries was the captain of the Broncos for three years; it's quite an accomplishment for a sophomore to be named captain. The signing reinforces the Stars' commitment to leadership type players. The team has not yet confirmed this signing.

Secondly, Texas signed Dallas Stars draft pick Chris Martenet, a defenseman out of the OHL. He won a championship in the OHL with London last season and was traded to Ottawa. He signed an ELC with Dallas at the end of last season. He will likely play in Texas or Idaho next season. For what it's worth, Martenet is now the third 6'7 defenseman in the Stars system (Miro Karjalainen and Jamie Oleksiak being the others).

Finally, Dallas recalled Justin Dowling earlier today.

Here's the Martenet release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Tuesday defenseman Chris Martenet has been assigned to the club after finishing his junior season in the Ontario Hockey League.

Martenet (mar-teh-NEHT), 20, comes to Cedar Park after a three-year stint in the OHL with the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound blueliner also spent the 2013-14 season with the USHL’s Indiana Ice. The St. Louis, Mo. native won the Memorial Cup with London in 2016 as champions of Canada’s major-junior hockey league system.

He tallied 16 points (5-11=16) in 55 games this season split between London and Ottawa. On May 18, 2016, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Dallas.

Martenet was a fourth-round pick of Dallas (103rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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