Monday, April 1, 2019

Texas Adds More Young Center Depth with Riley Damiani

The Dallas Stars announced today the signing of Riley Damiani to a three-year entry-level deal. The centerman will report to the Texas Stars on an ATO.

Texas has been hard up for centers until recently, but the ones they've got now are quite green. Damiani is fresh off a series sweep in the opening round of the OHL playoffs. His Kitchener Rangers went down 4-0 to the Guelph Storm. Fellow Stars' prospect Liam Hawel plays for Guelph.

Damiani will be on ATO to Texas this season but report back to the OHL next season unless he makes the NHL. This is due to the NHL/CHL agreement and Damiani's age (19). More info on the NHL/CHL agreement is here.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Riley Damiani to a three-year, entry-level contract. Damiani will report to the Texas Stars on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

Damiani, 18, has recorded 85 points (30-55=85) in 58 regular-season games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Damiani finished the regular season tied for 10th in the OHL and second on Kitchener with 55 assists, while he ranked 16th in the OHL and third on the team with 85 points. The center also posted on assist (0-1=1) and 13 shots on goal in four games during the 2019 OHL Playoffs. Damiani has registered 144 points (58-86=144) in 184 career regular-season OHL contests, all with Kitchener.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

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