Today, Stars General Manager, Jim Nill announced three players are being returned to their minor/junior league teams along with Josh Robinson being released from his PTO contract.
Philippe Desrosiers, selected 54th overall in 2013 NHL entry draft is heading back to Rimouski of the QMJHL. Last year was Desrosiers’ first year in the QMJHL. He played 43 games and was 22-8-5 with a 3.07 GAA. He led Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2013 U18 World Championships.
John Klingberg, who was taken 131st overall in the 5th round of the 2010 draft, will be returning to Sweden to join Frölunda. Kingberg, who is considered a very mobile, hockey-smart defensemen did see time in one of Texas Stars’ playoff games last year, posting zero points and was on the ice for a goal-against, resulting in a -1 rating.
Troy Vance will also be returning to Quebec Major Juniors to Charlottetown. Taken in the 5th round, 135th overall in 2011, Vance is a young, very large defenseman who has spent some significant training time with the Texas Stars and with the Dallas Stars during the development camp. Vance reached the “magical” age of 20, when coupled with his time in juniors is eligible to join the Texas Stars, but will most likely see his development take him through a full season in the Q, with perhaps some time in Idaho with the Stars’ ECHL affiliate.
Josh Robinson, who played in 39 games in Idaho posted a 27-8-4 record along with 2.57 GAA and 5 shutouts for the Steelheads is currently under contract with the Texas Stars and will be heading to Cedar Park to take part in the Stars’ training camp.