If there’s one thing that’s key in a rebuilding team, it’s veteran leadership.
The more experienced players are often seen as role models for the younger guys in the locker room, but they are also key on the ice, as they can be very helpful in managing certain situations during a game.
The 41-year-old has seen the ice in all 17 Dallas games this season and he has been a force creating chances for his teammates, ranking third in the team with seven assists so far. He’s one of the leaders of the team and his presence will surely be missed, but the Stars have found the perfect replacement for him.
The Stars recalled 29-year-old forward Travis Morin from the Texas Stars, and while he’s not as experienced as Whitney, he does bring some skills into the game. Before the call-up, Morin was the leader of points in the AHL with 24 points in 13 games, recording at least one point in all but one contest so far.
The 6-foot-1 forward will add some speed and firepower to an improving Dallas Stars team, and if he performs solidly, he might find a permanent spot in an offensive line that’s quite young. Alex Chiasson, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin are all 24 years old or younger, and while he’d be the older in that group, his lack of experience will also make him another rookie in a Dallas team that’s looking to build toward sustained success.
Surely Whitney won’t be replaced, but calling up Morin was the best choice among the possible alternatives.