Losing your favorite Texas Star to the big club in Dallas can be a bittersweet feeling at times. You want to see them move on to bigger and better things, but at the same time miss seeing them up close and personal at the Cedar Park Center. Before Dallas had their season opener, they called up many of our own, including Colton Sceviour, Jordie Benn, Cristopher Nilstorp, Brendon Dillon, and Antoine Roussel. Some of the Texas Stars from last season made their home in Dallas after being called up, such as Ryan Garbutt and Phillip Larsen.
Roussel and Sceviour were recently returned to Texas, with the announcement just today that Sceviour was moving down and Tomas Vincour was moving up. Reportedly, Dallas wanted to give Sceviour more ice time rather than be a healthy scratch night after night. They also wanted to give Vincour some time again in the NHL, as he was pretty popular with the Dallas Stars last season.
Nilstorp was outstanding in net in his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild on the road, despite the 1-0 loss. He stopped 31 of 32 shots. Honestly if the Stars had been more hard on the offense, I believe that we would have gotten the win. Benn is a -2 thus far on the season, but was the subject of good talk during the Stars last game against the Red Wings. Dillon hasn't picked up any points but has 4 PIM's in 3 games and seems to have settled into his role in the NHL.
We are only 3 games into the shortened season but am confident in our young Stars to earn their spot with Dallas. The bittersweet feeling seems to dissipate once you are able to witness their success.