|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Rookie Julius Honka had a solid week in a light game schedule, tallying a goal and an assist last night against Lake Erie. His dynamic offensive play helped spur Texas to the victory, earning his first star honors in the game and the inaugural Lone Star Grille/100 Degree Hockey Player of the Week title.
Honka has had an up and down year, but that much can be expected from a 19-year old rookie playing in the AHL. Texas assistant coach Karl Taylor elaborated on how Honka is able to impact the Texas squad:
"He's a young kid with million dollar legs. Can he ever skate with that puck! He scored a beautiful goal and made a great play on the Henderson goal. He's starting to hit a stride at an important part of the year. Certain guys relish that element and others are nervous, but he's starting to step up his game."The ringing endorsement from the coaching staff has been evident all year as Honka has played in 53 of Texas' 58 games this year. Most of those five missed games were due to the World Juniors Tournament, not Honka needing time in the press box or injury.