When the 2013-14 season begins, expect Alex Chiason of the Dallas Stars to be on the short list of Calder Trophy candidates. If he can come into training camp strong, Chiasson should earn a spot with the Stars, and will try and pick up right where left off this season. A shoulder injury ended things too soon for the young winger, but he managed to score six goals and record seven points in seven games before that injury.
A Stars team looking to increase scoring would be wise to bring Chiasson back, and at least try and see if he still has the great chemistry with Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn that he showcased this season. He’s proven he can handle things at the highest level, and sending him back to the AHL may hold back his growth. In 57 games with the Texas Stars this season, Chiasson scored 13 goals and had 35 points. The fact that he was able to score half as many goals in just seven games with Dallas is amazing progress for a player in his first professional season.
The Stars selected Chiasson in the second round of the 2009 draft, and he went on to star at Boston University for three seasons before turning pro. The Stars got a glimpse of what Chiasson, Jamie Oleksiak, Matt Fraser and others can do for the team in the future, and when it comes time to put next season’s roster together it will be hard to ignore the young talent in their organization. Chiasson moved to the front of the class this season, and should be given every chance to get that magic back in the fall.