Dallas Calls For Francis Wathier

The Dallas Stars have recalled Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars today as the forwards in Dallas are battling the flu and Mike Ribeiro is expected to be out until after the All-Star Break with a knee injury.

Wathier has quietly been having a career year in Texas. In addition to being on a pace for a career-high 47 points, he is plus-10 on a team that has battled to keep the puck out of the net at times. He is a veteran leader on the team and is deserving of a callup. The hope now is that due to his two years with Coach Gulutzan in Cedar Park, he gets to see time on the ice in Dallas instead of in the press box.

Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled forward Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Wathier, 27, has skated in 37 games for Texas this season, accumulating eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points. He currently leads the AHL club with a +10 rating and is tied for second with 57 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 218-pound forward from St. Isidore, ON has been held scoreless in eight career NHL games with Dallas, registering four shots and five penalty minutes in that span. Wathier was Dallas’ sixth-round selection (185th overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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