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Alex Chiasson Helping Dallas Stars Forget About Departed Veterans

Dallas Stars Chiasson

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Alex Chiasson’s NHL career may only be five games old for the Dallas Stars, but he is already having a huge impact for the team. In an important 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday, Chiasson netted two goals for the second time in three games. The Stars traded away Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Jaromir Jagr before the trade deadline but are somehow still in playoff contention thanks to the great play they are getting from their young prospects.

Chiasson now has five goals and six points in five games since being recalled from the Texas Stars of the AHL. He had 13 goals and 35 points in the AHL, in his first full professional season. The Stars selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft, and Chiasson went on to star at Boston University for three seasons before turning pro.

The Stars also got goals from Tom Wandell (first of the season), Erik Cole and Ray Whitney in the win over the Predators. With starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen out with a lower-body injury, Richard Bachman made 26 saves to keep the Stars’ hopes of a plyoff berth alive. With 43 points, the Stars moved into ninth place in the Western Conference, ahead of a Columbus Blue Jackets’ team that also got a win on Friday (43 points, two fewer wins) and just one point behind a Detroit Red Wings team that was in action late Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chiasson may not have been projected as a point-per-game player, but he is definitely making a case for first-line time the rest of the season as well as a roster spot in Dallas in the fall.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.