This season, the Dallas Stars have seen many of their top young prospects make their NHL debuts. Alex Chiasson became the latest player to do so, as he joined the Stars for their 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. With the Stars trading away Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy before the trade deadline, there are roster spots and ice time readily available for these young players as the Stars look past this season to the future.
Chiasson was a second-round pick in 2009 and went on to star for Boston University for three seasons, scoring 36 goals and collecting 99 points. He had scored 13 goals and recorded 35 points for the Texas Stars of the AHL before getting called up, and registered two shots on goal in his first game. He apparently impressed the Stars’ coaching staff, as he is expected to see time on a line with Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn for Friday’s rematch with the Ducks.
The Stars have also seen Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussel debut this season, and youngsters Cody Eakin, Brenden Dillon and Reilly Smith have seen significant ice time. Before the season ends, the Stars could see goaltender Jack Campbell make his NHL debut as well. Campbell earned a brief recall earlier this season but did not see any game action.
The Stars may have traded some key pieces away in an effort to build for the future, and while that may cost them a shot at the playoffs this season they appear to be well-stocked for the future.