Texas Stars Report: Building for the Future

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The playoff window is closing quickly for the Texas Stars (24-27-2-2, 52 pts, #15 Western Conference), as the club collected only two of a possible six points this week. All three games this weekend were against divisional opponents, who need the points just as much. Texas had accomplished a streak of four home game wins coming into Saturday's game against the Aeros (Minnesota Wild). Including five against on Saturday, Texas allowed 12 goals in three games and only scored six.

The playoffs are slipping away right now for Texas. The Stars are in last place in the conference and can only afford five more losses before the window closes pretty much completely. Some may call it a lost season, but that's an AHL viewpoint. For Dallas fans, every season has potential whether you win the Cup or you're golfing by Tax Day. Big storylines this year for Texas include the emergence of Richard Bachman to the backup role in Dallas and the growth of Philip Larsen and Tomas Vincour to become every day NHLers.

Further, Texas has some great prospects budding up among their ranks. Older guys like Ryan Garbutt and Jordie Benn played their first NHL games this season after starting their careers in the oft-maligned CHL. Free agent signees (and roommates, no less) Matt Fraser and Brenden Dillon have begun to mature their professional game and could have long NHL careers thanks to wise scouting from Dallas. And finally, drafted prospects like Scott Glennie have taken big steps forward toward NHL careers. While it may be a tough season for Texas fans, Dallas fans have many things to be happy about moving forward.
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