Dallas Stars: Reilly Smith

Prospect update: Reilly Smith

May, 14, 2012
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Here is the latest in a series of updates on the top prospects of the Dallas Stars. This one looks at forward Reilly Smith, who joined the team at the end of the season after wrapping up his college career at Miami University.

Smith, as a junior, had 30 goals in 39 games, finishing second in the nation to fellow Stars prospect Austin Smith. His 48 points were tied for tenth in the nation.

Smith, a third round pick (69th overall) in 2009, was named First Team All-CCHA, Second-Team All-American by Inside College Hockey, and was among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. In his three years at Miami he registered 122 points (66 goals, 56 assists) in 121 games.

“The confidence has been a huge factor for me in being able to find the back of the net, and also the physical aspect of it. I’ve put on a lot of weight and strength over the three years at Miami,” said Smith, who was 160 pounds when arrived at Miami and was 185 pounds when he left. “All of that correlated to my success in college hockey.”

After his college career ended he signed a three-year entry-level with Dallas and was put on the NHL roster, making his debut in a game at Edmonton on March 28. He played 4:05 and had one shot on goal.

“Even though I played only four minutes I tried to soak in every moment of it. Just being in Edmonton and having so much history around you, being a small part of it was a great experience,” Smith said. “Being my first NHL game it was phenomenal, getting the win was great and I got my feet wet for the next game in Vancouver.”

Smith played 8:39 and had no points in that game against Vancouver, was a healthy scratch for the next three games and then played in the season finale against St. Louis, picking up no points and two penalty minutes in 12:28 of ice time.

“He has some real nice attributes as far as an offensive player goes. He just needs to become more familiar with our defensive structure and getting used to playing with pro players,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I think he is going to be a good player in the future.”

The 21-year-old Smith, who is a left shot but plays both right and left wing, has speed, skill and a good shot. He’s projected as a top six forward.

“Reilly has been a real good player from the time we drafted him. He had a real good college career. It was nice that he got into a few games in Dallas to give him a preview of what the NHL is all about and to see what it takes to play at that level,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. “He’s showed at every level he’s played at that he is a good player. Now it will be his challenge to go to the American League or to our team, if he makes it, to learn the lessons to adjust to be a good pro. I think it will take him some time, but he’ll be a good offensive player at the pro level.”

As for Smith’s chances of starting next season at the NHL level, Jackson said time will tell.

“That will depend on his summer and how he comes in,” Jackson said. “Realistically the first step should be playing in the American League and being a good player there, but if he is good enough to bypass that it will be great for us. Time will tell that for sure.”


FRISCO -- With nothing on the line in Saturday’s regular season finale against the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars will take a look at some of their young players.

Center Scott Glennie, the team’s first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, will make his NHL debut. So will defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free agent signing out of the Western Hockey League last season. Glennie, Dillon and defenseman Jordie Benn were called up from the Texas Stars on Friday afternoon.

Both Glennie and Dillon played under Stars coach Glen Gulutzan at the end of last season in the AHL.

“I only had Glennie for a short period of time, but Scotty has made big strides in the American Hockey League,” Gulutzan said. “Whenever you get young guys like that who on two or three nights over a two or three week span that they are the best player on the ice, that’s an encouraging sign in that league. And when it’s happening more and more frequently, then it’s a real good thing and that’s what Scotty has done. Brenden has done that too. Anytime that happens at that level you know you have a player on the up.”

Glennie got off to a slow start this season after he suffered a concussion during Dallas’ training camp in Prince Edward Island. But he’s picked up the pace as the season has moved along and has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 68 games this season.

Dillon, who had impressive showing last season when he made the jump from junior to the AHL, has 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games.

“With Brenden you are going to see a big, good skating defenseman that can move the puck,” Gulutzan said. “With Glennie you are going to see skilled guy who can move and skate.”

Forward Reilly Smith, who was signed to an entry-level contract last month and made the jump to the NHL straight from college, will also be in the lineup for the Stars on Saturday. Smith has already played two games for the Stars, registering no points.

“Even though I played only four minutes (in the first game), I was soaking in every minute of it,” Smith said. “Just being in Edmonton with so much history around you, just being a small part of it was a great experience. Having my first NHL game there was absolutely phenomenal. We got the win and I was able to get my feet wet for the next game in Vancouver.”

Smith finished second in the nation in goal scoring, notching 30 in 39 games with Miami University this season.

“With Reilly you’re going to see a really skilled player coming out college that has the ability to score,” said Gulutzan. “It will be interesting to see those guys play with good players.”

The Stars will sit some veteran players who have been battling injuries, players Gulutzan said have been receiving injections to get through games and practices. Players who could sit out tomorrow include Steve Ott, Radek Dvorak, Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Mark Fistric, who is another player who has been battling injuries, hurt his groin in Thursday’s game and is out for Saturday.

“I talked to every injured player that played and they all want to play the last game, whether they have to take a needle or not to get through, to numb some of the issues there,” said Gulutzan. “They all want to play, but the reality is we don’t want to put them through that. We want to take a look at some of our young guys.”

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal for the Stars.

Hobey Baker winner announced

Dallas native and Dallas Stars prospect Austin Smith was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey. The winner of this year’s award, announced Friday evening, is Jack Connolly from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Connolly finished second in the nation in scoring with 60 points (20, 40 assists) in 41 games. Smith led the nation in goal scoring with 36 in 39 games and finished 3rd in points with 57.
FRISCO, Texas -- Stars fans will get a little glimpse of the future in Saturday night's regular-season finale against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. Right wing Scott Glennie, the team's first-round pick (eighth overall) in 2009, will make his NHL debut.

So will defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free-agent pick out of the WHL last year. Both those players have spent the season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

The 21-year-old Glennie has 12 goals and 25 assists in 68 games this season. Glennie got off to a slow start after suffering a concussion in training camp, but he's picked up 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) over the past 43 games.

Dillon, who is also 21, is a big, mobile, two-way defenseman. He has 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 72 games this season.

Reilly Smith, the third-round pick (69th overall) from 2009, will be back in the lineup. Smith, who signed an entry-level contract with Dallas last month, has already appeared in two games with the Stars.

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal.

The Stars will sit some veterans who have been battling through injuries as the Stars battled to get into the playoffs.

"We've had guys taking injections here to get through a game. These same players can get through a practice without it. You won't see a couple of those guys tomorrow," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Most likely Steve Ott, depending on how he is tomorrow. Radek Dvorak, you guys all know. Guys that you probably didn't know would be [Stephane] Robidas and [Mike] Ribeiro that have been playing injured. Those guys and possibly Brenden [Morrow]. At the end the day, you don't want to give them the needle to play."

Mark Fistric, who injured his groin in Thursday night's game at Nashville, was also getting injections to play prior to last night's injury. He'll be out for Saturday's game.

Mark Fistric in for Stars in San Jose

March, 31, 2012
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Stars defenseman Mark Fistric is back in the lineup for tonight’s crucial game against the Sharks in San Jose after missing the last five games with an abdominal strain. Adam Pardy will come out the lineup for the Stars.

Also, Toby Petersen will be back in the lineup for Dallas. He’s been a healthy scratch the last 15 games. Reilly Smith, who has played the last two games, will sit this one out.

Kari Lehtonen in goal for the Stars and Antti Niemi will get the start for San Jose.

Reilly Smith makes NHL debut

March, 29, 2012
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Dallas Stars forward Reilly Smith made his NHL debut Wednesday night in Edmonton. He didn’t see a lot of ice time, but that didn’t take away from the moment.

“I was just happy that my feet got under me as soon as I hopped over the bench,” Smith said. “I was definitely pretty nervous. I actually got a pretty good opportunity my shift. That settled the nerves a little bit. I am pretty happy with the way things went.”

He got off a shot on goal on his first shift Wednesday night, but his wrist shot from the slot was stopped by Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Smith, who just wrapped up his college career at Miami University, signed an entry-level contract with the Stars on Sunday.

“It was definitely a little different from college,” said Smith. “In college everyone is running around, here there is definitely a lot more structure. There are a lot better players who can slow the game down. It was definitely a lot different, but hopefully I’ll be able to make a good transition to it.”

Smith, 20, played five shifts in the game for a total of 4:05 in ice time.

“He only played four minutes, but he looked pretty good out there,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He got a shot early and the boys were calling goal right away when he got his shot. We’ll get him a little bit more ice time the next time we go, but it was good to get his feet wet tonight.”


A stellar outing from Kari Lehtonen and a productive night for the top line helped pushed the Dallas Stars back to the top of the Pacific Division on Wednesday night. Lehtonen made 31 saves and Michael Ryder, Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson combined for three goals and five assists as the Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, at Rexall Place.

The Stars now have a one point lead over both Los Angeles and San Jose in the division. They have a two point lead on Phoenix, which also holds the ninth place spot in the Western Conference. All four teams have five games remaining.

“We are in a battle for our lives and we need every point we can get,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Getting two tonight was big for us.”

It was a strong bounced back effort for the Stars, who were coming off a 5-4 loss in Calgary on Monday night to open their four game road trip.

“The last game we kind of took the flow away from ourselves with some penalties and stuff like that. Tonight our PK was good and Lehts (Kari Lehtonen) was great again,” said Ryder. “It’s a matter of doing the little things right now and make sure we don’t make those key mistakes and sticking to the hard game plan.”

Lehtonen came up with several big stops in the game for the Stars, including early. He had a sharp save on Ben Eager and then stopped Nick Schultz on a shorthanded two-on-one to keep it scoreless game in the first period.

“He’s an elite goalie; he’s up there with the big guys,” said Gulutzan. “He’s one of the reasons we’re fighting for this division title and fighting for our lives to get into the playoffs. When you get goaltending like that every night it gives your guys confidence. He’s our MVP.”

Ryder got the Stars on the scoreboard 11:53 into the game, splitting two Edmonton defenseman and then beating Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk with a backhand shot.

The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second by cashing in on a two-on-one as Ribeiro finished off a give-and-go with Erikson.

Lehtonen came up with a huge save early in the third period, stopping a Jordan Eberle shorthanded breakaway to keep the Stars up 2-0.

“I had enough time to see who was coming and remember how he likes to deke on the penalty shots and breakaways,” Lehtonen said. “I had a feeling what might be coming, but he made that deke so fast I was lucky to get to get something there.”

Gulutzan’s thoughts on the save: “Huge. Huge. He’s been doing that all year. That’s why we are here.”

The Stars extended the lead to 3-0 a couple minutes later when Eriksson won a puck battle near the Edmonton goal line, got the puck to Ribeiro, who then quickly set up Ryder, who scored from close range.

Ryder ended the night with a two goals and an assist, Ribeiro had one goal and two assists and Eriksson chipped in two assists.

“We’ve been living and dying with that line for the last 15 games. They bounced back tonight. They were real sharp and made some real nice plays,” said Gulutzan. “Your big players have to be your best players in these games and they were tonight.”

The Oilers scored with 11:39 remaining when Ales Hemsky scored on a rebound. It came just moments after Lehtonen was stung by a high, hard shot off the stick of Ryan Smyth.

“It was a stinger up from the shot,” said Gulutzan. “I know he can play through those.”

The loss ended a seven game points streak for the Oilers.

“They didn’t do anything spectacular over there,” said Eberle. “The few mistakes we made they capitalized on. We just couldn’t find a way to battle back into a game that was important for us.”

Notes

*The Stars swept the season series from the Oilers, outscoring them 14-4 in the four games.

*The Stars are 14-5-0 against the Northwest Division this season.

*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill in the game and 0-5 on the power play.

*Stars forward Reilly Smith made his NHL debut Wednesday. He played 4:05 and had one shot on goal.

*Radek Dvorak (ankle), Eric Nystrom (leg) and Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) were out for Dallas.

*Tom Wandell, Toby Petersen and Jordie Benn were healthy scratches.

Postgame quotes

March, 29, 2012
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Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars 3-1 win in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“We are in a battle for our lives and we need every point we can get. Getting two tonight was big for us.”

“We were a little shaky early and Lehts (Kari Lehtonen) was solid and made some real big saves. I thought we got our legs and made some nice plays, but it was a tough game.”

Gulutzan on Kari Lehtonen, who made 31 saves

“He’s an elite goalie; he’s up there with the big guys. He’s one of the reasons we’re fighting for this division title and fighting for our lives to get into the playoffs. When you get goaltending like that every night it gives your guys confidence. He’s our MVP.”

Stars forward Michael Ryder

“The last game we kind of took the flow away from ourselves with some penalties and stuff like that. Tonight our PK was good and Lehts (Kari Lehtonen) was great again. It’s a matter of doing the little things right now and make sure we don’t make those key mistakes and sticking to the hard game plan.”

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen on his save on Jordan Eberle’s shorthanded breakaway

“I had enough time to see who was coming and remember how he likes to deke on the penalty shots and breakaways. I had a feeling what might be coming, but he made that deke so fast I was lucky to get to get something there.”

Stars forward Reilly Smith on his NHL debut

“I was just happy that my feet got under me as soon as I hopped over the bench. I was definitely pretty nervous. I actually got a pretty good opportunity my shift. That settled the nerves a little bit. I am pretty happy with the way things went.”

Oilers coach Tom Renney

“We felt right into the trap. They played a good road game and we tried to do some extraordinary things, we turned the puck over and they scored. We weren’t very good in our own end defensively and that includes the forecheck.”

Stars down Oilers, 3-1

March, 28, 2012
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Michael Ryder scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

The victory moved the Stars into first place in the Pacific Division.

Ryder’s goals were his 34th and 35 of the season. Mike Ribeiro had one goal and two assists for the Stars and Loui Eriksson chipped in two assists. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 32 shots.

Stars forward Reilly Smith made his NHL debut in the game. He played 4:05 and one shot on goal.

First period

The Stars had the first power play chance of the game, but the Oilers had the best scoring chance on a two-on-one. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up with a big save, stopping Nick Schultz’s close range bid.

The Stars took the lead on a goal by Michael Ryder, who split two Oilers defensemen off the rush and beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk with a backhand shot at the 11:53 mark.

Lehtonen came up with another big save later in the period, stopping a close range bid by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Stars forward Reilly Smith, who was making his NHL debut in the game, had a shot on his first shift. He played 2:37 in the period.

The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and the Oilers had no power play chances.

Dallas had a 13-12 shots advantage.

Second period

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 when Mike Ribeiro finished off a give-and-go with Loui Eriksson on a two-on-one rush at 5:05 of the second.

The Oilers got their first power play of the night eight minutes into the second, but Kari Lehtonen came up with sharp saves on Jeff Petry and Ales Hemsky to keep Edmonton off the board.

The Oilers got a second power play later in the period, but weren’t able to generate any shots.

The Stars came close to making it a 3-0 game, but Michael Ryder’s breakaway bid late in the period was turned away by Devan Dubnyk.

Third period

The Stars opened the period with a power play, but the Oilers had the best scoring chance. Jordan Eberle had a breakaway, but his backhand shot was turned way to keep the Stars up 2-0 in the game.

Dallas made it 3-0 at the 4:11 mark when Loui Eriksson won a puck battle behind the Edmonton goal line, sent it to Ribeiro, who then set up Ryder, who scored his second of the night from close range.

The Oilers finally got on the board with 11:39 left in the game when Ales Hemsky scored off a rebound to make it a 3-1 game.

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Burish
Morrow-Fiddler-Vincour
Garbutt-Dowell-Smith

Souray-Robidas
Pardy-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Lehtonen (starter)
Bachman

Injured: Dvorak (ankle), Nystrom (leg), Fistric (abdominal strain)
Scratched: Wandell, Petersen, Jordie Benn

Reilly Smith to make NHL debut tonight

March, 28, 2012
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Reilly Smith, signed to an entry-level contract on Sunday, will make his NHL debut tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Oilers in Edmonton. Smith is expected to start the game on the fourth line.

“I’m just trying to get my feet wet, try to bring as much energy as I can,” Smith said. “Try not to turn the puck over too much and get it deep. Just try to limit my speed and limit turnovers.”

When it was pointed out to Smith that he is a goal scorer, the 20-year-old winger had this to say.

“I am not going to pass up shots for sure,” Smith said. “If I get the opportunity I am going to use the assets I have. If that comes around that’s great, but first of all I want to make sure I am not a liability on defense.”

Smith is expected to open the game on a line with Ryan Garbutt and Tom Wandell.

“I think we just start him and see how he goes, let him get the jitters out and then let the game dictate how you use him and let his play dictate how you use him,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We have no big visions of grandeur. We want to get him in, get him accustomed and see how he goes."

Radek Dvorak (ankle), Erik Nystrom (leg) and Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) are all out tonight. Dvorak and Nystrom are day-to-day and are doubtful for Friday. Fistric is not expected to play on the road trip.

Here’s the projected Dallas lineup for tonight.

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Burish
Morrow-Fiddler-Vincour
Garbutt-Wandell-Smith

Souray-Robidas
Pardy-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Lehtonen

Dallas Stars prospects: Notes and stats

March, 27, 2012
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Here are some notes and a statistical update on Dallas Stars prospects playing junior hockey, in Europe and in college.

Juniors

*The playoffs are underway in Canadian juniors. RW Brett Ritchie (second round/2011) had one goal and one assist as Niagara opened its first round OHL series with an 8-2 victory over Oshawa. Niagara leads the series 2-1. Ritchie has one goal and two assists in three games. D Jamie Oleksiak (1st round/2011) has no points in three games for Niagara.

*Stars prospects RW Matej Stransky (sixth round/2011) and D Alex Theriau (4th round/2010) are meeting in the WHL playoffs. Theriau’s Medicine Hat Tigers lead Stransky’s Saskatoon Blades 2-0 in the series. Theriau has one assist through two games and Stransky has one assist in two games as well.

*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) has one assist in two games for Victoriaville in the QMJHL playoffs. Victoriaville trails Baie-Comeau 2-0 in the series.

Europe

*D Patrik Nemeth (second round/2010) and D John Klingberg (fifth round/2010) are meeting in the second round of the Swedish Elite League playoffs. Nemeth’s AIK team has a 1-0 lead in the series. Nemeth has one assist and a plus-one rating in six playoff games so far, but he has a foot injury and is not expected to play in the next game. Klingberg has been out with an injury, but is said to be close to a return.

College

*F Reilly Smith (third round/2009), F Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) and F Alex Guptill (second round/2010) were all knocked out of the NCAA tournament over the weekend. As has been widely reported, Smith signed an entry-level deal with Dallas and has joined the Stars on its current road trip. Chiasson signed an entry-level deal and will play the rest of the season with the Texas Stars of the AHL. Guptill will be a sophomore at Michigan next season.

*Dallas draft pick Nico Sacchetti (second round/2007) is still playing in the tournament since his Minnesota team advanced to the Frozen Four.


Dallas Stars forward Reilly Smith's immigration paperwork has cleared, meaning he would be available to play in Wednesday's game at Edmonton. Whether he'll play is still up in the air.

"We have his immigration now so he'll be an available player for us at any time," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We'll see what we are going to do in that regard."

Stars forwards Eric Nystrom, who suffered a cut on his leg in last night's game at Calgary, and Radek Dvorak, who missed the game with a sore ankle, are listed as day-to-day.

"We'll see how they are tomorrow," said Gulutzan.

Defenseman Mark Fistric, who is out with an abdominal strain, isn't expected to play on the road trip. Gulutzan said the Stars are hopeful Fistric can be ready for next Tuesday's game against San Jose at American Airlines Center.

Reilly Smith excited to join Stars

March, 26, 2012
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Forward Reilly Smith joined the Dallas Stars on Monday in Calgary. The 20-year-old, who signed an entry-level deal with the team Sunday, took part in the team’s morning skate Monday.

“It’s pretty amazing. It’s a great experience. I am just glad to be here right now,” Smith said. “It was fast out there. It’s definitely surreal playing on the ice with some of the guys that are Dallas Stars.”

Smith, Dallas’ third-round pick (69th overall) in 2009, is coming off a stellar three-year career at Miami University. Over the last two seasons he’s tallied 58 goals, 44 assists and a plus-53 rating in 77 games.

“The confidence has been a huge factor for me in being able to find the back of the net, and also the physical aspect of it. I’ve put on a lot of weight and strength over the three years at Miami,” said Smith, who was 160 pounds when arrived at Miami and is now 185 pounds. “All that has correlated to my success in college hockey.”

This season, as a junior, he ranked second in the nation in goal scoring with 30 in 39 games. His 48 points were tied for ninth.

“Real savvy kid, great goal scorer, lot of hockey smarts, just a real hockey player,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It will be a good experience for him.”

As for when Smith will get in still hasn’t been decided. He still has some immigration issues to work through, which means getting a work visa. Once that process is completed, the Stars will pick a time to put him in the lineup.

“The focus right now is on the group, not any one individual,” said Gulutzan. “We want to make sure if we put him in it is the right time and place to do it.”

Smith, who turns 21 on April 1, is projected as a top six forward, but he could start down the lineup in his first NHL game.

“(Top six) is where you have him earmarked, but usually these guys have to start a little lower and get their feet wet and then maybe throughout the game you can move things up and back,” said Gulutzan. “I don’t think we’re going to put him right up there to put a lot of pressure on him. We’ll just ease him, see how he is going and we can move things around.”

Radek Dvorak out for Stars tonight

March, 26, 2012
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Stars forward Radek Dvorak will miss tonight's game in Calgary with an ankle injury that forced him to miss three games earlier this month.

"What a warrior, 17 years in the league and getting shot up in the ankle to get through," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "He had a little aggravation from the last game, we sit him here and that’s four days, close to five, and maybe he can be ready for Edmonton. If not, we can go two more and a get a little more healthier player."

Tomas Vincour is expected to take Dvorak's place on a line with Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler.

Ryan Garbutt, who has been a healthy scratch the last four games, is also expected to be in the lineup tonight as well.

Kari Lehtonen gets the start in goal.

Reilly Smith, signed yesterday to an entry-level contract, skated with the team but is still working on getting a work visa so that he can be eligible to play.

Here's the Stars projected lineup.

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Morrow-Dowell-Garbutt

Souray-Robidas
Pardy-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Lehtonen
Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he thinks forward Reilly Smith can help the team now, and that’s why the the 20-year-old is being added to the roster for the final part of the regular season.

The Stars signed Smith, who just completed his junior year at Miami University, to a three-year entry-level contract Sunday. He’ll join the team on its current road trip.

“I think he’s a player that can help our hockey club,” Nieuwendyk said of Smith, a third round pick (69th overall) in 2009. “I can look back on my own experience (coming out of Cornell), when I joined the Calgary Flames for the last nine games of the season. It was a very valuable experience for me. It was one of the important things in my career. I have a past history with that. That has a lot to do with it.

“He’s had a phenomenal year in college. He has some elements of skill and goal scoring ability. I think it is a low-risk move on our part.”

Smith ranked second in the nation in goal scoring this seasoning, tallying 30 in 39 games. He led the nation in game-winners with eight and was tied for ninth with nine power play goals.

When Smith, who turns 21 on April 1, gets into the lineup is still up in the air.

“He’ll practice with us the next few days. We have immigration issues to deal with and then we’ll see,” Nieuwendyk said.

As to where Smith might fit in the lineup, Nieuwendyk wasn’t ready to say.

“I can’t make a guess at this point,” he said.

Prospect Alex Chiasson expected to head to Texas Stars

Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said prospect Alex Chiasson, the team’s second round pick (38th overall) in 2009, is expected to join the Texas Stars this week. Chiasson just wrapped up his junior season at Boston University, where he had a team-high 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 38 games.

The Dallas Stars have signed prospect Reilly Smith to an entry-level contract. He will join the team on the upcoming road trip. Here's the release from the team.
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed forward Reilly Smith to a three-year entry-level contract. Smith, 20, will join the Stars for the club's upcoming four-game road trip and he will be added to the NHL roster.

Dallas' third-round selection (No. 69 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Smith led Miami University (Ohio) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with 30 goals and 18 assists (48 points) in 39 games this season. He also won the CCHA goal-scoring title for the second straight year with 18 goals in league play.

"We are excited to have to Reilly join our organization after a very successful college career," Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We think that Reilly has proven that he has all the characteristics of a player that will succeed at the NHL level."

The 6-1, 183-pound forward from Mimico, Ontario, finished the season ranked second in the NCAA in goals (30) and ninth in overall scoring (48 points). He is also one of 10 student-athletes nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey. The winner will be announced on April 6.

Smith notched 14 multi-point games and finished the 2011-12 campaign with points in 10 of his last 11 games. Over his three-year career as a RedHawk, Smith appeared in 121 games, collecting 66 goals and 56 assists for 122 points.

The Dallas Stars face off at the Calgary Flames on Monday at 8 p.m. CDT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).

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