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Saturday, April 23, 2011
Texas Stars odds and ends

By Mark Stepneski

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Here are a few notes from Cedar Park, where I have been watching the Texas Stars and Milwaukee Admirals play this past week in the Calder Cup West Division Semifinals.

*Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk was down in Cedar Park watching the games this past week. I got a chance to chat with him briefly and asked about Scott Glennie – the team’s first round pick (8th overall) in 2009 – who joined Texas late in the season after his junior career in the WHL came to an end.

“Glennie is getting a good experience here. He’s still raw, but what a great experience for him to play in these games,” Nieuwendyk said. “This is all a learning experience for him. I think it really sets the table for his summer training. He realizes how hard he has to work.”

*Glennie continues to see limited minutes on the fourth line in the playoffs, but he was taking faceoffs – including some in the defensive zone – in the third period of Friday’s game with Texas protecting a 1-0 lead.

*I also talked to Nieuwendyk about defenseman Brenden Dillon, who has been impressive since joining Texas out of junior hockey in late March. Nieuwendyk said Dillon and defenseman Philip Larsen have been two players that have stood out this week. He said Raymond Sawada has made some good progress this season. Nieuwendyk added that Larsen standing out is even more impressive because he is playing banged up. As for Dillon, more on him Sunday.

*Besides Nieuwendyk, Dallas assistant coach Stu Barnes and goaltending coach Mike Valley were on hand for Friday’s game at Cedar Park Center.

*Martin Gelinas, who played with Nieuwendyk in Florida, was in Cedar Park all week. He’s the Director of Player Development for the Nashville Predators, the parent club of the Milwaukee Admirals.

*Also spotted at Cedar Park Center was New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson. What’s he doing there? His brother-in-law happens to be Dallas Stars prospect and Texas Stars forward Sean Backman.

*Attendance last night in Cedar Park was 6,126. The Stars averaged 5,590 for the three home playoff games this week and rank fifth among the 16 AHL playoff teams in attendance so far.