Saturday, April 7, 2012
Brenden Dillon makes impression in NHL debut
By Mark Stepneski
DALLAS -- Defenseman Brenden Dillon made his NHL debut for the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, and he made an impression.
The 21-year-old had a game-high six shots on goal, tied for a game-high four hits and co-led the Stars with three blocked shots in 19:59 of ice time in the Stars’ 3-2 loss to St. Louis.
“It was good. I got the nerves out early,” Dillon said. “On my first shift I took a nice little bump in the corner and that gave me a little wake up call, let me know that I’m in an NHL game. As the game went on, I felt really good. Moving the puck, joining the play, had a good couple of hits and stuff. I thought it went well.”
Dillon, a free agent signing out of the Western Hockey League last year, was paired with Trevor Daley in the game. He saw time on both the power play and the penalty kill.
“It was great. I got everything,” Dillon said. “I can’t thank Gully (Stars coach Glen Gulutzan) and the Stars organization enough for everything. They gave me a great opportunity today.”
And Gulutzan said he thought Dillon made the most of the opportunity.
“I thought his game was strong,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I can see he’s made strides from when I had him a year ago (in the AHL). I think you guys can judge for yourselves, but I think he’s going to be right around it come September.”
Glennie makes NHL debut
Forward Scott Glennie, the team’s first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, made his NHL debut Saturday. The 21-year-old played 9:35, had no points, no shots and two hits.
“It was really fun,” Glennie said. “I was a little bit nervous out there, but it was a great experience to get my first NHL game under my belt. I had a lot of fun out there, but it’s too bad we lost. Hopefully I can get in a few more next year.”
Stars backup goaltender Richard Bachman had a solid showing Saturday, stopping 32 of 35 shots.
“He was very good,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I think he has proven himself on the big stage, against the Rangers and LA and games like that. I think he’s proven himself in a tough game like tonight that he’s a mentally strong, capable goalie.”
Bachman ended the season with an 8-5-1 record, 2.77 goals against average and .910 save percentage.
Gulutzan indicated Bachman’s season could be continuing on the international stage.
“I’m pretty sure he is getting invited somewhere here in the next 24 hours,” Gulutzan said. “I think the World Championships are on and that’s a credit to him.”