|(Credit: Texas Stars)|
Julius Honka is back with the Dallas Stars organization. After spending last year in his native Finland, Dallas has signed the defenseman on a two-way deal for the coming season. Honka is a well-known quantity in the AHL, skating in 201 games with Texas and racking up over 100 points in those contests.
With the likely loss of Joel Hanley to Dallas duty and Dillon Heatherington as yet unsigned, Honka adds an experienced defenseman on the blue line.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Julius Honka to a one-year, two-way contract. Honka, 24, spent the 2019-20 season in Finland appearing in 46 games for JyP registering 15 points (4-11=15) and a +9 plus/minus rating. He last played in North America in 2018-19, appearing in 29 games for Dallas recording four points (0-4=4) and averaged 13:57 time on ice. The three-year NHL veteran has combined to play in 87 career regular-season contests with the Stars and has recorded 13 points (2-11=13). The defenseman has skated in 201 AHL games for the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), totaling 108 points (26-82=108). He has also appeared in seven postseason games with Texas (1-2=3). The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.