Gavin Bayreuther Returns on One-Year Deal

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The Dallas Stars announced this afternoon that they have re-signed defenseman Gavin Bayreuther on a one-year, two-way deal. The blue liner was a restricted free agent for Dallas coming into the summer. He spent an unexpectedly long stint in the NHL this season with many injuries on the NHL roster. Dallas used 12 defensemen in all last season, and Bayreuther logged 19 games.

Bayreuther is expected to be back with Texas next season and also one of the first call-up options for the big club in Dallas. The undrafted pickup has turned into a solid find for a team that has had trouble in the draft.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Gavin Bayreuther to a one year, two-way contract.

Bayreuther, 25, made his NHL debut in 2018-19, registering five points (2-3=5) in 19 regular-season games with the Dallas Stars. The defenseman also appeared in 53 regular-season American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Texas Stars, posting 25 points (7-18=25). Bayreuther finished the campaign tied for second among Texas defensemen with seven goals and ranked third with 25 points, while he paced team blueliners and shared eighth among all Texas skaters with three power play goals.

The blueliner has recorded 62 points (16-46=62) in 139 career regular-season AHL games, all as a member of the Texas Stars. The defenseman has also skated in 22 career games in the Calder Cup Playoffs, tallying eight points (3-5=8). Additionally, he played for four seasons at St. Lawrence University (NCAA), posting 111 points (35-76=111) in 142 career games.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Canaan, N.H. was originally undrafted and signed by Dallas as a free agent on March 15, 2017.