The Dallas Stars got a surprising win on Friday, and it was two of their younger, newer additions that came through in a big way to make that happen. Winger Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal in just his second game, and Lane MacDermid scored his second NHL goal in his second game since joining the Stars. MacDermid came over in the trade that sent Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins, and had brought a spark to the team before suffering an injury after his goal and not returning for the second half of the game.
After the Stars’ fire sale that sent Jagr, Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow away in trades there is suddenly a lot more ice time for their young prospects. Chiasson had 13 goals and 35 points in 57 games for the Texas Stars of the AHL before being recalled, and could see a lot more time in the NHL the rest of the season. Dallas has now called on 12 of their AHL players since the lockout ended, and most have been able to make an impact.
The Stars now sit six points shy of a playoff spot, and while this season may be done for there does seem to be a great deal of hope for the future. Cody Eakin, Brenden Dillon, Reilly Smith and Antoine Roussel all appear to be ready to stick at in the NHL, and now Chiasson and MacDermid look like solid additions as well. MacDermid did not dress for Sunday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury.