Brendan Ranford Earns First NHL Callup to Dallas

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars announced this afternoon that Brendan Ranford has been recalled to the Dallas Stars.

Ranford signed a three-year entry level deal with Dallas this past summer. This will be the first NHL recall of his career, which began on a PTO to the Texas Stars last season. After the young winger proved himself to be extremely valuable on the top line with Curtis McKenzie and Travis Morin in the Calder Cup run, he got a contract from Dallas on July 2nd of last year.

Texas has enough skaters in Utica to ice a full lineup tonight. Depending on the health of Scott Glennie and Maxime Fortunus, they may have some scratches as well.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Brendan Ranford from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Ranford, 22, currently ranks second on Texas with 23 assists and 36 points (13-23=36), while he ranks third on the squad with 13 goals in 50 games this season.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alta. was originally selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2014.

Nill also announced today that the club has placed forward Travis Moen on Injured Reserve (upper body), retroactive to Feb. 17. Moen has recorded six points (1-5=6) in 30 games with Dallas this season.