|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
This time last year, Cole Ully was in the final days of his WHL career. Scott White told 100 Degree Hockey that he would come to Texas to learn how to be a pro, but probably wouldn't be a player. Coach Laxdal put him into two games at the end of the regular season. He looked in over his head.
This season, he came out of camp with a roster spot in Texas, despite the prevailing sentiment over the summer being that he would go to Idaho. He worked on what he could control. He stopped trying to bulk up, accepted he wasn't going to get any bigger and instead worked on other things like explosive speed and agility. Now he has 36 AHL games to his credit.
Now Ully has just completed one of the best week of his young career in the AHL. With a goal and two assists on Saturday and power play time under his belt, Texas is asking a lot of the 21-year old forward. His line with Gemel Smith and Remi Elie was the catalyst in the win. Ully's single goal was the eventual game-winner and sparked a rout for the Stars.
This weekend in Stockton will provide Ully an opportunity to solidify his role as a scorer for Texas while Morin and Rallo are still out with injury and Ritchie and Faksa are in Dallas. He could set himself up very well for the rest of the season and next year if he performs well.